Lectures and Special Events
Picturing Spirits in Korea with Laurel Kendall
September 24, 2015
Shamans walking on knives, fairies riding on clouds, kings with dragon mounts: they are gods and they are paper images. Curator Laurel Kendall explores what makes a Korean shaman painting magical or sacred. Can a picture said to carry the trace of a spirit ever be “just a painting” again? How have shaman paintings been revalued as art by Korean collectors?” Do artfulness and magic ever intersect? Navigating the journey shaman paintings make from painters’ studios to shaman shrines to private collections and museums, Kendall will traverse the borderland between scholarly interest in the material dimensions of religious practice and the circulation of art.
A book signing of God Pictures in Korean Contexts: The Ownership and Meaning of Shaman Paintings by Laurel Kendall, Jongsung Yang, and Yul Soo Yoon will follow.
Laurel Kendall is Chair of the Division of Anthropology and Curator in Charge of Asian Ethnographic Collections at the American Museum of Natural History and president–elect of the Association for Asian Studies.
More in this Series:
December 16, 2016
SOLD OUT - Go back in time for a prehistoric party amongst the Museum’s celebrated dinosaur halls.
December 21, 2016
Join Steve Beyer, Brian Levine, and Ted Williams for a sneak peek at the celestial objects that will appear in our winter sky.
January 5, 2017
Spend an evening with Neil deGrasse Tyson as he reviews headline stories in the Universe, drawn from breaking news in 2016.
January 7, 2017 - May 6, 2017
We invite visitors to experience the cultures represented in the iconic Hall of Northwest Coast Indians through a series of live activities guided by Museum volunteers.
January 18, 2017
Bestselling author Douglas Preston discusses his ventures deep into the Honduran jungle in a riveting, non-fiction narrative about the unearthing of an ancient lost civilization, while he provides a rich tapestry of historical, economic, social, political, and environmental context for the discovery.
February 14, 2017
Celebrate Valentine's Day with a unique NYC experience only at the Hayden Planetarium!
February 16, 2017
Museum Research Associate Bill Schutt explains new research about this widespread behavior, such as how the practice might be linked to the extinction of Neanderthals, why so many fish eat their young, and even when sexual cannibalism can be an evolutionary advantage.