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Lectures and Study Group meet in the Museum Boardroom.

  1. Lectures, and More
  2. Thursday, Oct 26 - 1:00 p.m.

    A Sacred Conversation: Pictures of Avalokiteshvara Bodhisattva and Chinese Poets in Medieval Japan - Details

    The transmission from China of Zen Buddhism introduced to early medieval Japanese painters an array of new figural subjects, some religious in nature and others ostensibly less so. Alongside sinicized devotional imagery came pictures of a host of figures from Chinese antiquity—praiseworthy monks, notable eccentrics, and celebrated literary heroes. This talk will examine the concurrent reception of these images in medieval Japan through an exploration of the dynamic interaction between pictures of Avalokiteshvara, the bodhisattva of compassion, and ancient Chinese poets.

    Aaron Rio graduated from Indiana University and earned his MA, MPhil, and PhD in art history from Columbia University. He has also held visiting research positions at the Institute for Advanced Studies on Asia at The University of Tokyo, Gakushūin University, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

    Aaron Rio, Ph.D., Andrew W. Mellon Assistant Curator of Japanese and Korean Art at the Minneapolis Institute of Art

  3. Thursday, January 25 - 1:00 p.m.

    Telling the Tale of contemporary Japanese prints - Details

    Allison Tolman, a second generation dealer of contemporary Japanese works of paper, grew up in Tokyo where her parents have owned and operated a gallery, The Tolman Collection of Tokyo, since 1971.The Tolman Collection is the largest publisher of contemporary Japanese prints. She will discuss the print world in Japan from after the Second World War to the present, with emphasis on printmakers active today. 

    Allison Tolman, The Tolman Collection, Tokyo & New York

  1. Study Group
  2. Study Group Topic:

    Exploring Chinese Art and Paintings

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  3. Monday, October 16 - 10 a.m.

    Chinese Woodblock Prints

    Lily Birmingham

    The Golden Age of Song Dynasty Painting

    Marilyn Adams

  4. Monday, November 20 - 10 a.m.

    Chinese Ceramics

    Elaine Pierce

    North & Southern Schools of Chinese Paintings

    David Miles

  5. Monday, January 8 - 10 a.m.

    Topic 1 TBD

    Topic 2 TBD 

    (Second Monday due to Martin Luther King holiday on the 3rd Monday)

  6. Monday, February 13 - 10 a.m.

    Court Painters of the Ming Dynasty

    Betty Carr

    Introduction to Chinese calligraphy and the art of seals

    Chia-hui Shih 

    Second Monday due to Presidents Day holiday on the 3rd Monday

  7. Monday, March 19 - 10 a.m.

    Tang Arts

    Tom Dillon

    Topic 2 TBD 

  8. Monday, April 16 - 10 a.m.

    Jesuits & Chinese Art

    Hilda Yoder

    Snuff Bottles

    Courtenay McGowen 

  9. Monday, May 21 - 10 a.m.

    Buddhism in Chinese Art

    Joyce Johnson & Pinghui Ku

    Topic 2 TBD

  10. Monday, June 18 - 10 a.m.

    Topic 1 TBD 

    Topic 2 TBD