Docent-led tours of Asia Society Texas Center's exhibitions allow visitors to experience art on a personal level, learn about art historical periods and styles, and hear stories associated with the artwork.
About the Exhibitions
Traditions Transfigured: The Noh Masks of Bidou Yamaguchi
This exhibition focuses on recent sculptures by Bidou Yamaguchi that apply the forms, techniques, transformative spirit, and mysterious elegance of Noh masks to iconic female portraits from the European art historical canon, and to Kabuki actor prints of Sharaku, Japan’s enigmatic 18th century portrait master. These works radically extend Noh’s transformation of souls across time and space, projecting them into new cultural and physical dimensions. Traditions Transfigured includes educational and interactive components that show a set of masks displaying the carving process, a video explaining mask-making, and a secured mask that visitors can handle, try on, and photograph themselves wearing.
Urban Asia: Kirk Pedersen
Although he was trained as a painter, Kirk Pedersen explores urban Asia through a camera lens, reconfiguring perceptions of the visual and spatial densities represented by the great cities there. His works show clear connections to the Abstract Expressionist and Minimalist movements of the 20th century, while capturing a distinct era in Asia’s transition to a global epicenter. Born in 1959 in Broken Bow, Nebraska, Pedersen moves through the Asian cities—which are his subjects for extended periods of time—composing intentional perspectives that highlight the charged relationship between resident and city, as well as a city’s spread into surrounding natural environs.
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Education programs at Asia Society Texas Center are made possible by support from Marathon Oil. Additional support provided by Asia Society contributors and members.