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Events and Exhibitions SPRING 2014

"Shining Day After Rain" by Katsuyuki NishijimaIMPRINTS FOR IMPACT:
A Showcase of Japanese Printmaking
April 13 – May 10, 2014 (closed Saturday, April 19)
Center for the Arts Asian Arts Gallery

This exhibition showcases diverse styles and techniques of Japanese contemporary prints (hanga) ranging from traditional woodcut to intaglio, stencil and lithography. Born after World War II, many of the artists combine innovation with indigenous aesthetic sensibilities in their aim to leave a lasting impact on today's art world. The work exemplifies such postwar influence in its unique mixture of the ukiyo-e tradition and Western concepts and methods. Drawn from the collections of Timothy and Lee Pierce and Yoshinobu and Kathleen Shiota, most of the prints were acquired through the prestigious College Women’s Association of Japan (CWAJ) Print Show held annually in Tokyo since 1956. Curator: Suewhei Shieh

Admission is FREE.

Genghis Blues and the Return of Alash
Film screening and performance
Sunday, May
4, 4:00 p.m.
Center for the Arts Recital Hall

Following up on their acclaimed U.S. tour this past fall, the Tuvan ensemble Alash returns to Towson University to screen the 1999 documentary Genghis Blues which follows San Francisco bluesman and composer Paul Peña’s musical pilgrimage to the land of Tuva to compete in a national throat singing competition. Alash manager/interpreter Sean Quirk will introduce the film, followed by a Q&A and a brief performance by the group with guest Shodekeh and preview of the new documentary Shu-De!.

Tickets: $5
For tickets: 410-704-2787 or

Alash Open Jam Session
Monday, May 5
, 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
Center for the Arts Dance Studio Theatre

Come jam with the Tuvan throat singers of Alash and beatboxer Shodekeh. Musicians, vocalists, dancers, and observers welcome. Open to the Towson University community and members of the Asian Arts & Culture Center.

Please RSVP by Sunday, May 4.

Admission is free.



Highlights from the Permanent Collection
on view through March 29*
Asian Arts Gallery, Center for the Arts

A variety of Asian cultures are represented in this wide array of artifacts of ceramics, wood, jade and ivory carvings, bronzes, as well as paintings, textiles and prints, to inform and inspire public appreciation and academic interested. Curated by Brittany Nycum.

Admission is FREE.
Gallery Hours: Monday - Friday, 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.; Saturday, 1 - 4 p.m.
Closed for Spring Break - March 16 - 22.

*New exhibition end date to make way for Imprints for Impact: A Showcase of Japanese Printmaking, to open on Sunday, April 13.

A Matter of Size (2010)
Film Sreening
Sunday, March 2, 5 p.m.
Van Bokkelen Hall Auditorium
Sarit Arbell, Director of Cultural Affairs at the Israel Embassy, will introduce the film.

Four overweight friends from the Israeli city of Ramle are fed up with dieting and the dieting club they belong to. When Herzl loses his job as a cook and starts working as a dishwasher in a Japanese restaurant, he discovers the world of Sumo where large people such as himself are honored and appreciated. Herzl falls in love with a sport involving "two fatsos in diapers and girly hairdos" through Kitano (130 lbs), the restaurant owner and a former Sumo coach in Japan (who is supposedly hiding from the Yakuza in Israel). Herzl wants Kitano to be their coach but Kitano is reluctant—they have to earn their spurs first.

Admission is FREE.

HARANA - The Search for the Lost Art of Serenade (2012)
Reception, Raffle and Film Screening
A Fundraiser for the Gilbert A. Brungardt Endowment
Sunday, March 23, 5:30 p.m.
Recital Hall and Atrium, Center for the Arts

Upon his father's death, Florante, a classically trained guitarist returns to the Philippines after 12 years of absence. During his stay he rediscovers the music of harana - a long-forgotten tradition of Filipino serenading when men sang under the window at night to fearlessly declare their love for a woman. Intent on unearthing these unheralded songs, Florante travels to the remote provinces where he discovers three of the last surviving practitioners - a farmer, a fisherman and a tricycle driver.

Tickets: $25 regular ($15 is a tax deductible donation), $10 TU students and youth age 12 and under.
For tickets: 410-704-2787 or

Baltimore Collects: The Curator's Perspective
A Panel Discussion on Asian Art Collections
Saturday, March 29, 2:00 p.m.
Mainstage Theatre,
Center for the Arts

Expert curators will discuss their museums’ history in collecting Asian art and how Asian collections fit into an overall institutional framework.
Moderated by WYPR’s Tom Hall. Discussion followed by Q&A and light reception.

• James Archer Abbott, Director and Curator, Evergreen Museum and Library
• Frances Klapthor, Associate Curator for Asian Art, Baltimore Museum of Art
• Robert Mintz, Chief Curator, Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Quincy Scott Curator of Asian Art, Walters Art Museum
• Suewhei Shieh, Retired Director, Asian Arts & Culture Center

Admission is FREE.
Please RSVP

The Japan Festival
Sunday, April 13, 1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Center for the Arts

Celebrate 35 years of the Baltimore Kawasaki Sister City friendship through dance and music performances, martial arts demonstrations, tea ceremony, calligraphy demonstrations, flower arranging, art exhibit, craft activities, games, food and vendors. The Sister Cities program was established to create a force for international cooperation and understanding through community involvement and people-to-people relationships. Baltimore currently has 10 sister cities, including the multicultural city of Kawasaki, located in the Greater Tokyo metropolitan area. Presented in collaboration with the Baltimore Kawasaki Sister City Committee.

Tickets: $10 advance; $5 advance for AA&CC and BKSCC members, TU students and youth age 12 and under. ALL tickets $15 on the day of the festival.
For tickets: 410-704-2787 or

ALL EVENTS ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE. For information, call 410-704-2807.

Asian Arts & Culture Center
Center for the Arts, Room 2037 (map)
Gallery Hours: Monday - Friday, 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.;
Saturday 1 - 4 p.m. (during exhibitions)

Phone: 410-704-2807





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