Art Talk: Modern Ink Painting in China
A panel discussion on modern ink painting in China includes Natsu Oyobe, Associate Curator of Asian Art at the University of Michigan Museum of Art, Eugene Wang, Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Professor of Asian Art at Harvard University and collector H. Christopher Luce. Moderated by Melissa Chiu, Director of the Asia Society Museum.
H. Christopher Luce directed The Henry Luce Foundation Program in Public Policy and the Environment from its inception until its conclusion in 2007 and sits on its board of Directors. A graduate of Yale University, he studied in the Department of Far East Asian Studies of Harvard University. He is an award-winning photojournalist, working for Time Magazine among other organizations. He has curated exhibitions in Chinese and Japanese art and American photography. Versed in Mandarin Chinese, he collects Asian painting and calligraphy, and lectures widely on the subject. He serves on boards of the Yale University Art Gallery, the Freer/Sackler Galleries of Art at the Smithsonian where he chairs the Collections Committee, is a member of the Metropolitan Museum of Art's Asian Art Committee, and chaired the board of the China Institute in America.
Natsu Oyobe earned her Ph.D. from the University of Michigan in History of Art and currently serves as Associate Curator of Asian Art at the University of Michigan Museum of Art (UMMA). Specialized in modern and contemporary Japanese art, she is the curator of several Japanese art exhibitions, including Wrapped in Silk and Gold: A Family Legacy of Japanese Kimono of the 20th Century (2010), Turning Point: Japanese Studio Ceramics in the mid-20th century (2010), and Paramodel, the first American exhibition of the Kansai-based artist collaborative (forthcoming in 2014). As the curator of Asian art, Dr. Oyobe also involves in projects of various cultures and span of time, which include the solo exhibition of Korean and American artist duo Young-hae Chang Heavy Industries (2012) and Isamu Noguchi and Qi Baishi: Beijing 1930 (2013). Her future exhibition project focuses on written languages in contemporary East Asian art and design.
Eugene Wang is the Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Professor of Asian Art at Harvard University. A Guggenheim Fellow (2005), he received an Academic Achievement Award (2006) from Japan in recognition of his book Shaping the Lotus Sutra: Buddhist Visual Culture in Medieval China. He is the art history editor of the Encyclopedia of Buddhism (2004). His extensive publications range from the early to modern and contemporary Chinese art and cinema. He serves on the advisory board of the Center for Advanced Study of Visual Art, National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C. His present research interests include bio-visuality in early China and the sound-track effect in Chinese painting (11th-18th centuries).
Melissa Chiu (moderator) is Director of the Asia Society Museum in New York and Senior Vice President for Global Arts and Cultural Programs for the Society's 11 centers and affiliates in the United States and Asia.
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