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Asia Week New York Autumn 2023
Lectures and Webinars Guide

Arnold Chang delivering a discussion on brushwork techniques at Fu Qiumeng Fine Art.

As ever, New York will be buzzing this week with an appealing array of informative and engaging lectures, webinars, and talks. Be sure you don’t miss any with this helpful events guide below.

The Celestial City: Newport and China, Asia Week New York
Online ZOOM Webinar, Tuesday, September 12, 5pm EDT

There’s still time to join AWNY for a fascinating Zoom webinar in cooperation with the Preservation Society of Newport County about the newly opened exhibition, The Celestial City: Newport and China, on view at Rosecliff, the recently restored Gilded Age Mansion and setting for the exhibition from September 1, 2023–February 11, 2024.
Dr. Nicole Williams, Curator of Collections at The Preservation Society of Newport County
Dr. Bing Huang, Assistant Professor of Art History at Providence College, Rhode Island
Lark Mason, Jr., founder of iGavel Auctions, Emeritus President of the Appraisers Association of America and former Chairman, Asia Week New York

Learn more and register here.

Canton Harbor

Skin and Body: Crazed Vessels by Kodai Ujiie at Ippodo Gallery
Artist Talk, Thursday, September 14, 6-8pm EDT, RSVP Required

Skin and Body: Crazed Vessels by Kodai Ujiie is the first solo exhibition in the United States of this avant-garde artist and features 46 of his newest ceramics, including large jars, vases, and small vessels. Each artwork relishes in the delight of living, converting clay into an analogy of vital flesh—skin, blood vessels, and scales—with a renewed sense of body image. Join Kodai Ujiie at the opening reception as he shares stories of his creative process.

Learn more and RSVP here.


Bardo: How do We Write About the In-Between? at The Rubin Museum of Art
Tour & Lecture, Friday, September 15, 6:15-8:30pm EDT

Many associate the bardo as the state in-between life and death. However, the bardo also refers to any liminal state, including the midpoint of dreaming and waking. Bardos are junctures at which the possibility for awakening, or liberation, is amplified. Join scholar and poet Dominique Townsend as she leads a conversation with two vital contributors to the Tibetan literary landscape, Ann Tashi Slater and Tenzin Dickie about navigating bardo periods of transition and coming to terms with change. Prior to the lecture, join them at 6:15pm for a pre-program exhibition tour of Death Is Not the End with Senior Specialist, Himalayan Art & Culture, Tenzin Gelek.

Learn more and purchase tickets here.


Gallery Tours with Robert D. Mowry at Christie’s
In person programs, Friday, September 15 and  Monday, September 18 at 11am

Engage with the offerings at Asian Art week during their illuminating tours of the Rockefeller galleries. Robert D. Mowry, Christie’s senior consultant and the Alan J. Dworsky Curator of Chinese Art Emeritus at the Harvard Art Museums, will share his insights on the history and provenance behind this season’s collection of fascinating works. Meet at front reception desk.

Learn more here.

Sunday Lectures at Sotheby’s
In person programs, September 17

Fragmented, Repurposed, Prized: Three Ways to Think About Chinese Textiles
Lecture with John E. Vollmer at 12pm
Black Ground Painting & Connoisseur Sculpture: A Refreshing Introduction
Lecture with Jeff Watt at 1pm

RSVP here.

Connection, Community, and Care: Embroidered Kantha, The Philadelphia Museum of Art
Online ZOOM Webinar, Wednesday, September 20, 12-1pm EDT

Art historian Pika Ghosh discusses embroidered kantha from colonial Bengal in terms of community and care in this virtual talk. Organized in conjunction with A Century of Kanthas: Women’s Quilts in Bengal, 1870s–1970s.

Learn more and register here.


QM Talks I Wang Mansheng: The Art and Symbolism of Tuanshan at Fu Qiumeng Fine Art
Artist Talk, Friday, September 22, 6-8pm EDT

Join Wang Mansheng as he guides you through a deep study of Song dynasty fan leaf paintings. Accompanied by twenty of his new works in five sets, he will share his creative journey, fostering a shared exploration of the aesthetic value of Chinese traditional art, as well as the beauty and poetry within.

Learn more and purchase tickets here.