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    John Listopad

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    Office hours: Mon./Wed. 8-11:55 a.m. & M/W/F by appointment
    Phone: (916) 278-6166 (message phone)

    John Listopad teaches art history courses, including ART 113B Asian Art and Mythology, ART 117A Arts of India and Southeast Asia, ART 117B Arts of China and Japan, Art 115 Seminar in Asian Art: Asian Encounters with the West and Art 110 American Art.

    In addition to teaching at Sacramento State, Listopad has been teaching Western art history classes at the College of San Mateo on Prehistoric through Medieval Art, Renaissance and Baroque Art, and Rocco through Early 20th Century Art.  Prior to teaching full time, he was the curator responsible for Southeast Asian and Himalayan art at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and curator of Asian art at the Stanford University museum and lecturer in the Stanford University art department.  His classes at Stanford included South and Southeast Asian art history, the connoisseurship of Asian ceramics, jades and snuff bottles taught with examples from the Stanford University Museum collection rather than slides, and an inter-departmental class on Shakespeare in Asian Film and Theatre.

    Listopad earned his Ph.D. in Art History from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor with a dissertation exploring the complex interplay of art, religion, politics, and international trade at the 17th century court of the Kingdom of Siam in modern Thailand.  His Master’s degree examined the processes by which Western Perspective and Portraiture was adopted by Thai artists during the 19th century.  As a scholar, his research has ranged from studying under a samurai sword smith in Japan to focussing on cross-cultural artistic and religious influences and exchanges, with particular interest in the complex interplay between Tibetan and Chinese art, the interplay of Persian, European, Mon, and Japanese art and architecture in 17th century Thailand, and the relationship between Sinhalese and Tamil patrons, artists and architectures in Sri Lanka.  His publications include a catalogue of an exhibition of Sri Lankan art and articles on Sri Lankan, Thai, and Tibetan art.  He has completed and published a major reassessment of the developmental sequence of early Thai sculpture and is currently preparing an article for publication questioning several of the most common assumptions concerning the development of the architecture and architectural decoration of the north-central Thai capital city of Sukhothai.