(Jan. 20, 2011)--UTSA architecture professor Taeg Nishimoto will present a lecture on Zen, a way of thinking that has helped define aspects of Japanese culture and lifeways. Free and open to the public, "On Zen" is 11 a.m. to noon, Saturday, Jan. 22, at the Institute of Texan Cultures.
The lecture is offered in conjunction with the UTSA East Asia Institute and Institute of Texan Cultures co-hosted exhibit, "World Heritage Photo Panels from Japan: Two Thousand Years of Legacies," featuring Japan's World Heritage sites.
A professor and associate dean in the UTSA College of Architecture, Nishimoto often discusses Zen-related themes as they relate to Japanese concepts of space and aesthetics. The Jan. 22 lecture will take into consideration the geography of Japan and many of the locations highlighted in the exhibit.
"Zen in the contemporary Western cultural landscape evokes numerous interpretations and associations," Nishimoto said. "Zen is most tangible in its famous gardens and landscapes. There is a universal appeal to what those images and atmosphere present, and yet they also are the keys to understanding aspects of the Japanese culture in the most contemporary sense."
Nishimoto cites the culturally charged Higashiyama Era as a formative time for Zen. During this era, the historic sites of Ryoan-ji and Ginkaku-ji were built. Also, the Zen garden was developed and grew in prominence. Zen gardens appear throughout the exhibit either physically or in the World Heritage photos. The Zen garden is called the most integrated representation of Zen with a melding of architectural and gardening design.
According to Nishimoto, Zen originated in one of the Buddhist sects of China in the seventh century. The Japanese adaptation and development of Zen pose a unique condition that is both traditional and contemporary in the Japanese sensibility of culture and society. The Zen mindset is one of the most relevant aspects of Japanese heritage.
"World Heritage Photo Panels from Japan: Two Thousand Years of Legacies" is an opportunity to study Japanese culture and defining customs. The exhibit features more than 60 photos of Japan's World Heritage sites. Currently, 14 sites in Japan have been deemed World Heritage sites under UNESCO's World Heritage Convention. These include the Shirakami-Sanchi Mountain Range, Yaku-shima Island, Himeji-jo Castle, and the Buddhist monuments of the Horyu-ji Temple area.
The photo panels are provided courtesy of the Japan Foundation of New York. The exhibit features photographs of World Heritage sites in Japan taken by Japanese photographer Kazuyoshi Miyoshi. The exhibit is co-hosted by the UTSA East Asia Institute and sponsored by H-E-B, the Japan America Society of San Antonio and the Japan Foundation of New York.
Admission to the lecture and exhibit is free, but do not include admission to the main exhibit floor.
The Institute of Texan Cultures is on the UTSA HemisFair Park Campus, 801 E. Durango Blvd., a short distance from the Alamo and the River Walk. Hours are 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday-Saturday; noon-5 p.m., Sunday. Admission is $8 for adults (ages 12-64); $7 for seniors (ages 65+); $6 for children (ages 3-11); free with membership, UTSA or Alamo Colleges identification.
For more information, call 210-458-2300 or visit TexanCultures.com.
The UTSA CACP welcomes renowned architect Cesar Pelli, FAIA, RIBA, JIA as part of the CACP’s 2016-17 Speaker Series. Pelli is founder and Senior Principal of the New Haven, Conn. firm Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects.
Buena Vista Theater (BVB 1.326), Downtown Campus
Join the combined UTSA Bands as they perform a program of holiday and seasonal-themed music! This program is appropriate for all ages and includes medleys and arrangements of well-known favorites. Tickets are $10; no free admission.
Arts Building, Recital Hall (ARTS 2.03.02), Main Campus
State Rep. Diego Bernal presents a Q&A panel discussion with MALDEF, RAICES and DMCA Immigration Law Firm about DACA and the current state of affairs for Dreamers. Opening remarks by Congressman Joaquin Castro and Congressman Lloyd Doggett.
Buena Vista Building, Aula Canaria Auditorium (BVB 1.328), Downtown Campus
Graduates from the College of Architecture, Construction and Planning, College of Business, College of Education and Human Development and the College of Public Policy will participate in the first commencement ceremony. President Romo will deliver the keynote address.
Graduates from the College of Engineering, College of Liberal and Fine Arts, College of Sciences and University College will participate in the second commencement ceremony. President Romo will deliver the keynote address.
The University of Texas at San Antonio is dedicated to the advancement of knowledge through research and discovery, teaching and learning, community engagement and public service. As an institution of access and excellence, UTSA embraces multicultural traditions and serves as a center for intellectual and creative resources as well as a catalyst for socioeconomic development and the commercialization of intellectual property - for Texas, the nation and the world.
To be a premier public research university, providing access to educational excellence and preparing citizen leaders for the global environment.
We encourage an environment of dialogue and discovery, where integrity, excellence, inclusiveness, respect, collaboration and innovation are fostered.