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Unveiling the East: Discovering the Cultural Heritage of Korea and Japan

In partnership with The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston
Left: Unknown artist, Jar with Dragon Design, 18th-19th Century, Porcelain with underglaze blue design, National Museum of Korea, Seoul, Right: Tsukioka Kogyo, One Hundred Plays: Hagoromo, 1925 – 1928, Colored ink woodblock on paper, Courtesy of Ruth Chandler Williamson Gallery, Scripps College.

After a successful teacher programs partnership in 2014, join The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston and Asia Society Texas Center for another exploration of the arts and cultures of Asia.

Start the morning at the renowned Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, where you will learn about Korea, once referred to as the Hermit Kingdom due to its seclusion from the outside world, but a culture which was nonetheless influenced by its neighbors, China and Japan. Highlights will include traditional celadon ceramics and similar artwork that reveal the culture and socio-political conditions which shaped Korea.

The afternoon will move to the Asia Society, where you will discover traditional Japanese art created by contemporary hands in the exhibition Traditions Transfigured: The Noh Masks of Bidou Yamaguchi. This show will feature hand-carved masks of both classical Japanese theater and pieces inspired by Western art traditions.

This cross-curricular workshop will examine aesthetics and depictions of beauty in Japanese and Korean art, presenting a glimpse into two cultures which developed unique traits after long periods of exclusion from and engagement with foreign lands. Curriculum connections: Art, language arts, math, science, and social studies.



9:00 am – 11:00 am*
The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston
1001 Bissonnet Street
Houston, TX 77005

11:00 am – 3:00 pm*
Asia Society Texas Center
1370 Southmore Boulevard
Houston, TX 77004

*The morning session will take place at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, and the afternoon session will take place at Asia Society Texas Center. Attendance at both sessions is required to receive full credit for attending the workshop.


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Event Details

Sat 24 Jan 2015
9:00am - 3:00pm

Museum of Fine Arts, Houston &
Asia Society Texas Center

$45. All sales final. Tickets on sale November 1.
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