Merging Western and Eastern Culture at SAMA

San Antonio Museum of Art
Merging Western and Eastern Culture
In celebration of Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, we’re sharing this 1929 bowl designed by Japanese American artist Kataro Shirayamadani,
a prolific designer and painter for Cincinnati-based Rookwood Pottery Company. During his decades-long career, Shirayamadani painted vessels with delicate pictures of the natural world.
He created more designs for the company than any other artist—including this whimsical “three elephant” compote bowl in our collection. Shirayamadani’s particular artistic vision helped shape the aesthetic of American art pottery and art nouveau.
Live Online Discussion with the Curators
Wednesday, May 27
6:00–7:00 p.m.
Free for Curators Society (Associate level and above)
$5 for members
$10 for non-members
Join Shawn Yuan, Assistant Curator of Asian Art, for a talk about the artistic traditions that have made Liao ceramics an important part of Asian ceramic history.
The Liao dynasty was founded by the Khitans who lived in northern China and were ethnically distinct from the majority Chinese in the south. Khitans developed their artistic language through trade, wars, and religious exchanges with the worlds around them, in particular with the Chinese. The famed collection of Asian ceramics at SAMA includes a large group of ceramics from the Liao empire.
Friday, May 29
6:00–7:00 p.m.
Free for Curators Society (Associate level and above)
$5 for members
$10 for non-members
In honor of Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, please join postdoctoral curatorial fellow Dr. Yinshi Lerman-Tan for a discussion of Asian American art. We will look at objects within SAMA’s collections and beyond, including objects from the nineteenth century to the modern and contemporary moment. Celebrate the contributions of Asian American artists to American art by joining us for this special event.
Kiriko Made notebooks adapt Japanese traditional vintage textiles—and all the moods and stories their symbols evoke—to new purposes.
Katsu Tanaka, owner and creative director, was born in Japan and founded Kiriko Made in Portland, Oregon in 2013, wanting to change mass consumption and mass production by creating products that are durable and timeless.
Find inspiration with these notebooks! They are perfect for writing down your best ideas or keeping as a personal journal.
Have your order shipped to your door or place it for pick-up Tuesday–Saturday from 2–5 p.m. Same-day pick-up is available if your order is placed by 1 p.m. Every purchase helps support the Museum!
Red Asanoha Grid Notebook
Recorded Online Resources
Did you miss our Artist Conversation with Japanese American artist Hiromi Stringer? Stringer’s works explore topics from time travel and cross-cultural communication to the dreams of your pet and Miss Manners etiquette books. Find the recording on our YouTube playlist for enjoyment whenever you please.
Story Time
Entertain your kiddos with SAMA Story Time. Here SAMA educator Carrie Avery reads “The Boy Who Drew Cats.” After the story admire a Japanese writing set from SAMA’s collection and learn how to draw cats by using simple shapes.
Kataro Shirayamadani (Japanese, 1887-1948), Three Elephants Bowl, 1929, Glazed ceramic, 10 7/8 in. (27.6 cm) diam., Bequest of Maryelle “Skip” Dodds Scritchfield, 2001.53.7
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