Posted: Wednesday, January 30, 2013
International Asian Lacquer Symposium Registration Now Open
Buffalo State will host an International Lacquer Symposium from May 20 to 24. This is a collaborative effort by the Art Conservation and Design departments and the Burchfield Penney Art Center. The symposium will bring together international experts from multiple disciplines including artists, art historians, conservators, curators, and scientists to gain a holistic view of the many facets of lacquerware. The main goals of the symposium are to highlight lacquer as a living art, feature historical lacquer by regions and cultures, explore technical aspects of the craft through history, discuss cultural differences in conservation approaches, and provide a venue for dissemination of recent scientific findings.
The symposium will explore the ways in which historical and modern craftspeople and artists have used the lacquer to form functional and artistic objects. A small display of contemporary and modern pieces with traditional and historical pieces from China, Japan, Korea, and Taiwan will exemplify the ways lacquer has been used through the centuries and the cultural significance of the medium. The traditional lacquerware presents Asian aesthetics, craftsmanship, materials, and tools; the modern ware combines younger generational thought, modern aesthetic principles, and Western influences. Showcasing these lacquer objects will allow attendees to appreciate and learn more about the art and craft of Asian lacquer.