Learning Unlimited: Seeking the Divine | Osher Marin Jewish Community Center

Learning Unlimited: Seeking the Divine

Tue, September 17, 2019 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

 
What happens when the divine is given a body? Have gods created humans in their own image, or is it the other way around? Artworks from the Asian Art Museum’s renowned collection show how artists have envisioned the divine, imbuing it with forms that are meant to reflect supernatural qualities. The presentation explores how ideal beauty is interpreted in different Asian cultures, how that beauty can be transformed by altering the forms of the body, how deities maintain their identity despite changes to their form, and how divine beings are represented after their death.

In Divine Bodies , artworks from the Asian Art Museum’s collection show how artists have envisioned the divine, imbuing it with forms that are meant to reflect supernatural qualities.

Mary Mead, our speaker for today, was born and raised in Japan, which instilled in her a love of the Far East – its diverse cultures, arts, and religions. After a start as a high school teacher she spent 20 years in business, and then returned to teaching, this time at the college level. She taught World Religions classes at various colleges and universities before retiring. She keeps her hand in by teaching an occasional course – travel permitting.

Mary holds a PhD and five Masters Degrees. She has been a docent at the Asian Art Museum for eight years, and serves on the Docent Council and the School Tours Committee as well as being Co-Chair of the Community Speakers Program.

$10 w/Advance Reg
$12 w/Day-of Reg

Location: Kurland Lounge

Please call 415.444.8000 to register.

Registrations are non-refundable.

Fees do not cover the cost of programs!
Learning Unlimited lectures are made possible, in part, by Donors to the Osher Marin JCC’s Annual Fund in support of Adult & Senior Programs To make a gift in support of our lecture series, please click here and designate your gift to "Adult Learning & Living".