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ALR takes artistic look at China


The December series for the Academy for Learning in Retirement (ALR) series will focus on "The Art of China." Margaret Goehring, Professor and Academic Head of the NMSU Department of Art,  teaches Medieval and Renaissance art, American Folk & Outsider Art, and the Art of China.

At 10:30 a.m. Friday, Dec. 8, Dr. Goehring will focus on "Art of the Yellow Springs." Her presentation is based on Wu Hung's book on funerary arts in ancient China. She will explore the beliefs and values that three extraordinary tombs reveal. The tombs are from more than 2,000 years ago. 

On Wednesday, Dec. 13, focus will be "On the Silver Road – Dunhuang." Dunhuang is a major city on the edge of China situated on the Silk Road.  The Magao Grotto, which has more than 1,000 caves, is the site of early Buddhist art in China. The caves were rediscovered in the early 20th century.

Friday, December 15, Dr. Goehring's topic is "Dissecting a Chinese Ink Painting — Guo XI's "Early Spring" of 1072.  The discussion delves into landscape painting during the period around 1,000 A.D. and its connections to religion, philosophy and poetry.  Dr. Goehring will discuss the artwork, “A Solitary Temple amid Clearing Peaks,” by Li Cheng in the Song dynasty.

Monday, Dec. 18, the topic is "Reclusive Gardens." The presentation will include a study of Chinese gardens and landscape arts looking at imperial estates, hunting parks, smaller noble gardens and spots known for natural beauty. Her focus will be the links between gardens and poetry, philosophy and religion.   

Register for the Zoom sessions at "Academy for Learning in Retirement." At the Doña Ana Community College website, dacc.nmsu.edu/academis/programs/academy-learning-in-retirement. Registrants can attend the live sessions from 10:30 a.m. until noon or watch the recorded sessions at their convenience. The fee for the four presentations is $20. All the fall semester presentations are recorded and available for $48.

Spring 2024 sessions will be presented at East side Doña Ana Community College (DACC) Auditorium. Presentations will remain on Zoom and be recorded.