Meher McArthur

Meher McArthur

Visiting Lecturer, Japanese Prints

Department: Art History

Office Address: Baxter 103

Office Phone: (909) 607-3600

Office Hours: T Th 2:30-3:00pm

Email: mehermc@aol.com

Academic History

  • 1995: Masters in Art and Archaeology, School of Oriental and African Studies, London University
  • 1994: Postgraduate Diploma in Asian Art, School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), London University and Sotheby's
  • 1990: Masters Cantab in Oriental Studies (Japanese), Cambridge University

Areas of Expertise

Asian Art History, with a specialty in Japanese Art History (Buddhist art, ceramics, folk paintings, woodblock prints)

Personal Interests

Art, environmental issues, yoga

Selected Research and Publications

  • Folding Paper: The Infinite Possibilities of Origami (co-authored with Robert J. Lang), Washington DC, International Arts & Artists, 2012; Hardcover, Tokyo/Rutland, Vermont/Singapore, Tuttle, 2013
  • Confucius: A Biography, for Quercus Books' Great Lives series, London, hardback 2010, UK paperback 2011; US edition, Pegasus, hardback 2011, paperback 2012
  • The Arts of Asia: A Guide to Materials, Techniques and Styles, Thames & Hudson, London and New York (2005)
  • Reading Buddhist Art: An Illustrated Guide to Buddhist Signs and Symbols - Thames & Hudson, London and New York (2002)
  • Gods and Goblins: Japanese Folk Paintings from Otsu, Pacific Asia Museum, Pasadena (1999)
  • East Asian Books, co-authored with Bob Miller, Wei Chen-hsuan, Sam Fogg, London: Sam Fogg (1998)
  • Japanese Buddhist and Shinto Prints from the Collection of Manly P. Hall, Sam Fogg Rare Books (1996)

Biography

Meher McArthur was born in India, grew up in Scotland, Canada and England. She studied Japanese at Cambridge University, worked for two years in Oita prefecture, Japan, and subsequently earned her MA in Japanese art at London University's School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS).

In 1998, she moved to California and joined Pacific Asia Museum in Pasadena, California as Curator of East Asian Art and curated several Asian art exhibitions including Gods and Goblins: Japanese Folk Paintings from Otsu, (1999), Constructing the Cosmos in the Religious Arts of Asia (2001), Paintings, Prints, and Drawings by Hokusai (2001), The Nature of the Beast: Portrayals of Animals in Japanese Paintings (2001), Visions of Enlightenment: Understanding the Art of Buddhism (2002) and Kampai! The Arts of Japanese Sake (2004). She also guest curated exhibitions there including Lotus Moon: The Arts of Otagaki Rengetsu (2008), Confucius: Shaping Values Through Art (2008-9), and Japan in Blue and White (2010- 2011).

Her publications include Gods and Goblins: Japanese Folk Paintings from Otsu, (Pacific Asia Museum, 1999), Reading Buddhist Art: An Illustrated Guide to Buddhist Signs and Symbols (Thames & Hudson, 2002) and The Arts of Asia: Materials, Techniques, Styles (Thames & Hudson, 2005), Confucius: A Biography (Quercus, London, 2010, Pegasus Books, New York, 2011), and the children's art books, Michael and the Magical Museum (Pacific Asia Museum, 2003) and An ABC of What Art Can Be (The Getty Museum, 2010).

She is currently working as an independent Asian art curator, author and educator, collaborating with various museums and the traveling exhibitions company International Arts & Artists. She recently curated Folding Paper: The Infinite Possibilities of Origami, which opened in Los Angeles in 2012 is traveling the US for four years. She is now curating a sequel exhibition Above the Fold, which will open in 2015, and several other exhibitions, including Folded: Origami Masterworks by Robert J. Lang, which will open at Art Center College of Design's Williamson Gallery in June 2014. She is also a regular contributor to the arts and culture website KCET Artbound, and writes for Fabrik and Artillery magazines.

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