Bridging Past and Future: The New Asian Art Galleries at the Brooklyn Museum
Luncheon presentation by Susan L. Beningson, Assistant Curator of Asian Art, Brooklyn Museum
Registration at 12.15 pm
Luncheon at 12.30 pm
Close at 2.00 pm
The Brooklyn Museum houses a nearly encyclopedic collection of Asian art. Brooklyn gathered objects from many sources including curator-led collecting expeditions to China, Japan, Korea, and India in the early 20th century and gifts from Brooklyn collectors such as the Avery collection of Chinese imperial cloisonné donated in 1909 and Japanese prints and screens from the Pratt family. The Brooklyn Museum has a history of innovative collecting, specializing in areas such as Korean art and contemporary Japanese ceramics well before other American museums. This talk will introduce some of Brooklyn's masterpieces and explore its growing contemporary Asian art collection and how it will be incorporated in the new re-installation of the Asian galleries, scheduled to reopen in late fall 2015.
Susan L. Beningson is the Assistant Curator of Asian Art at the Brooklyn Museum since 2013. Prior to that, she taught Asian art history at the City University of New York, Rutgers University, and Columbia University. Previously, she worked at Princeton University Art Museum, where she co-organized the exhibition Recarving China's Past: Art, Archaeology, and Architecture of the Wu Family Shrines (2005). She co-curated the exhibition Providing for the Afterlife: Brilliant Artifacts from Shandong (2005), a loan show at the China Institute in New York of recent archaeological discoveries, organized in conjunction with the Shandong Provincial Museum in China. Asia Society Hong Kong Center's 2012 exhibition When Gold Blossoms featured over 160 pieces of Dr. Beningson's private collection of 1st- to 20th-century Indian jewelry. Dr. Beningson received her Ph.D. in Art History from Columbia University in 2009.