Dublin Library is pleased to host three programs presented by docents of San Francisco’s Asian Art Museum.  These programs are made available to Dublin Library free of charge and to thank Alameda County Library for supporting the Asian Art Museum through the Discover & Go program.

The first program will be “Great Works of the Asian Art Museum,” in which docent LauraBeth Nelson will give an introduction to 5,000 years of  Asian art and culture by examining  the major works in the Asian Art Museum.  This program will be held on Saturday, October 6, 2012.

The second program in this series will be “Phantoms of Asia:  Contemporary Awakens the Past,” also presented by LauraBeth Nelson, on Saturday, November 3, 2012.  This program will cover the interplay of contemporary works by leading Asian artists alongside traditional works from the Museum’s collection.    The four themes of this program will be:

Where—and how—do we fit into the universe?
Is there an energy that surrounds us? If so, can art make it visible?
What happens after death? Where will we go?
How can we envision the gods? Where can humans meet the gods?

The third program in this series will be “Maharaja: The Art of India’s Royal Courts,” based on the recent exhibition at the Asian Art Museum, will be presented by docent Eileen Bitten and will include stories of some of the maharajas and their fabulous courts, and focus on jewelry, art, photography, and vehicles within the Museum’s collection. This program will be given on Saturday, December 1, 2012.

All programs in the Asian Art Museum Community Speakers series will be held in the Dublin Library Community Room, from 2:00 – 3:30 p.m.