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Date: 25 August 2022 (Thursday) Time: 4pm – 5:30pm  Venue: Hong Kong Museum of Art Registration: required, free Speaker: Dr. Sim Hinman Wan (Lecturer, Department of Art History, HKU) Medium: English When we hear the word Baroque, what comes to our mind? Is it the taste for drama? Tenebrism? Caravaggio? Or the Counter-Reformation? "The Road to the Baroque: Masterpieces from the Capodimonte Museum" showcased works by famous artists such as Titian, El Greco, Artemisia Gentileschi, and Jusepe de Ribera. Rarely do we see such an array of 17th century oil paintings on display in Hong Kong. We were delighted to have Dr. Wan from HKU Art History to guide our visit, on a day when the museum was closed to the public. The exhibition's curatorial team was there with us as well!

[Wheel throwing session] Date & time: 29 July 2022 (Friday), 7pm-9pm [Glaze session] Date & time: 19 August 2022 (Friday),  7pm-8pm Venue: The Pottery Workshop, Room 305, 3/F Lyndhurst Building, 29 Lyndhurst Terrace, Central Registration: required Fee: $750 (members), $850 (non-members) The fee covers both sessions (3 hours in total), including also clay, tools, bisque and glaze firing of the works. Instructor: Aidan Wong Medium: Cantonese/English  

Date: 4 August, 2022 (Thursday) Time: 11 am - 12:30 pm Venue: The Studio, M+ Nalini Malani is a prolific cross-disciplinary artist best known for her iconic Video/Shadow Play. On display are three major artworks – Utopia (1969–1976), Remembering Mad Meg (2007–2019), and Can You Hear Me? (2018–2020)— that spans five decades of Malani’s artistic career. When Dr Wyma saw Malani's video installations  at The Studio in M+, she had the idea of getting a few interested alumni to the exhibition. Dr Wyma wanted to find out the kind of experience a viewer (an outsider) is seeing and feeling when bombarded with images and sounds in her videos and animations . This way we all learn from each other as people take away different things in her moving images ! The event turned out to be really enjoyable for all attending MAAH alumni from different cohorts as they saw for themselves the versatility of the artist working across many mediums. With Dr Wyma’s deep knowledge in Indian art history, the alumni could better understand the embedded meanings in Malani’s narratives and images that often deal with culturally specific events and topics.

Date: 28 July 2022 (Thursday) Time: 4pm – 6pm  Venue: Hong Kong Museum of Art Registration: required, free   Feedbacks "I gained a great experience today." "I really enjoy the exhibition tours organized by HKUFAAA. You can learn about the curatorial ideas and interesting stories about the making of the exhibitions from curators!" "My visits to the two exhibitions were thoroughly enjoyable! They have greatly enriched my knowledge of the wide variety of export products ascribed under the rubric China Trade and the broad spectrum of visual expressions of the five colours commonly found in Chinese culture." "I did enjoy the visit a lot! Thank you so much for organizing this event!"  

Date: 3 June 2022 (Friday) Time: 11:00am – 12:00noon Venue: JC Contemporary, Tai Kwun Registration: required, free Curated by our alumni-cum-Tai Kwun’s associate curator Erin Li, emo gym acted as the artistic platform for seven Hong Kong artists to showcase their recent if not the latest works that inquire into their existential feelings during a time of uncertainty and loss. Participants followed Erin through the exhibition and listened to her sharing (with the wireless receivers) about the concept behind each individual work. The rich variety of sensory experience, manifested and encouraged brilliantly by many works on display, addressed both the mental (emo) and physical (gym) aspect, as well as the vulnerability and resilience of humans and human relationships. Erin also shared with us some of her curatorial anecdotes about the planning process, the installation, and the pandemic impact. The one hour went by so quickly and before we left, we found ourselves in JC Cube, at the bottom of a spiral staircase, all gazing up and our mind lifted by the singing. Mesmerized by this last work of the tour, and touched by the overall care that artists and curator put into the exhibition, we could not be more grateful to have spent our Dragon Boat Festival morning there. Feedback "It is a joy to resume our art activities with a curator-led tour to an exhibition that attempts to soothe our troubling emotions accumulated from the past few years. The show was well thought out, beautifully executed and shine light on our many local talents." "An insightful exhibition tour allowing viewers to perceive the messages of artworks that have resonance for us."  

Date: 30 April 2022 (Saturday) Time: 10:30am – 11:30am (HK time) Venue: Online (zoom) Registration: required, free Museums in town had been closed for months and the cancelling of our museum visit back in January was then turned into this online talk. To help individuals form their own views when they encounter contemporary Chinese art, our guest speaker, Dr Angie Chang Baecker (Lecturer, Department of Art History, The University of Hong Kong) offers us her knowledge about the field, looking closely at the exhibition “From Revolution to Globalization” and the significance of the Sigg collection at M+ museum. She situated the show in the converging spatial complexes for contemporary art represented by the museum, and discussed how the exhibition’s reception has highlighted some of the contradictions inherent to the display of the Sigg collection.

Date: 19 January 2022 (Wednesday) Time: 6:30pm – 7:30pm (HK time) Venue: Online via Zoom Webinar Registration: required, free Originally planned as a hybrid talk, the event had to go online due to the tightened social distancing measures on campus, but we were delighted that over 90 participating individuals, local and abroad, were able to join the occasion. Our speaker Dr. Roslyn Hammers kindly endured the changes and gave a celebratory talk that brought in the felicitous Lunar New Year of the Tiger. Focusing on the representation of the tiger from early days to pre-Ming, she pointed out various roles of the tiger and related feline friends in Chinese painting and other media. The tiger, initially regarded as a fierce and terrifying foe, he or she could also be enlisted to serve as a protective guardian with apotropaic properties in art. The tiger appeared as a symbol emblazoned on paintings, clothing, doorways, tomb walls, and other places, visually lending his power to those who sought it. Her talk took a lighthearted look at the beauty of the tiger while at the same time considered the reconfigurations of its ferocity, a quality that is at the core of the tiger’s power and status as the king of the animals. This event is co-organised by HKUFAAA and the University’s Department of Art History Feedback "Thank you for such an interesting chat. Have a wonderful year of Tiger!" "Great talk, Roz."