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Onishi Gallery's Special Preview

September 11, 2022

Heated Colors, Hammered Forms: Female Metal Artists of Japan and
A Collection of High-End Italian Clothing by Giusto Senza Regole
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Onishi Gallery

Special preview, September 14, 2022, 6-8pm
696 Madison Ave, 2nd Floor

This preview, held by Onishi Gallery in collaboration with Giusto Senza Regole, opens Onishi Gallery's Asia Week exhibition of works by Japanese female metalware craftsmen. Please RSVP with alexandra@onishigallery.com.

Asia Week New York Autumn 2022 -
Museum Exhibition Guide

September 10, 2022

Parnashvari, Goddess of Natural Healing (detail), Central Tibet, 19th century, pigments on cloth,
The Rubin Museum of Art, C2003.36.3 (HAR 65302)

The following Asian Art exhibitions are on view in New York during this month's Asia Week.

ASIA SOCIETY

Mirror Image: A Transformation of Chinese Identity
This exhibition presents 19 artworks by seven artists, born in mainland China in the 1980s. Belonging to what is referred to as the ba ling hou generation, they grew up in a post-Mao China shaped by the one-child policy and the influx of foreign investment. Comprising painting, sculpture, performance, installation, video, digital art, and photography, the exhibition reflects the dramatic economic, political, and cultural shifts the artists have experienced in China during their lifetimes.

Visionary Legacies: A Tribute to Harold J. Newman
This exhibition celebrates Hal Newman (1931-2021) who, with his wife Ruth, endowed Asia Society Museum’s Collection of Contemporary Asian Art with a seminal gift of some 30 artworks in 2007. Works by eight artists and one artist collective featured in the exhibition represent Hal’s eye and passion for art that pushes the boundaries in Asian and Asian American contemporary art.

CHARLES B. WANG CENTER AT STONY BROOK UNIVERSITY

Saule Dyussenbina: Kazakh Funny Games and New Mythologies
Curated by Jinyoung A. Jin, Saule Dyussenbina: Kazakh Funny Games and New Mythologies traces complex Central Asian geopolitics, history, traditions, and USSR memories through the works of Saule Dyussenbina. The former USSR-born Kazakh artist encapsulates the cultural diversity and multifaceted political history of Kazakhstan, and she produces new narratives and myths through unexpected juxtapositions and fragmented images.

CHINA INSTITUTE

Mountains and Painting
Opens September 22
Combining photography of the renowned Chinese mountains with original Qing dynasty (1644-1911) Chinese landscape paintings from U.S. private collections, this showcase spotlights twenty-two works of art by thirteen artists, revealing the importance of mountain culture in Chinese history and art. The assembled works will highlight the formats, compositions, techniques, subjects, and aesthetics of Chinese painting. This unique display will provide basic knowledge of landscape painting, as well as inspire further interest in the genre and arouse and appreciation of the relationship between man and nature in Chinese culture.

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KOREA SOCIETY

Young Min Moon: The Share for Those Who Remain
In his paintings Young Min Moon depicts Jesa, a Confucian ritual for commemoration of the deceased, which was one of the earliest memories he holds while growing up in the military regime of South Korea in the 1970s and 80s. Despite the gender politics now associated with the ritual today due to its patriarchal nature, Moon insists on exploring the legacy. For him, the ritual holds multiple layers of meanings: an occasion of silence utterly severed from the violent era of his childhood, a means of remembering the deceased, and a tradition that may be discontinued in the age of globalization.

THE METROPOLITAN MUSEUM OF ART

Bodhisattvas of Wisdom, Compassion, and Power
Within the Buddhist traditions of the Himalayas, three bodhisattvas emerge as personifications of Buddhist ideals: Manjushri, Avalokiteshvara, and Vajrapani. This show presents sublime representations of these three bodhisattvas at the center of this great devotional tradition.

Celebrating the Year of the Tiger
In celebration of the Year of the Tiger, which began on February 1, 2022, The Metropolitan Museum presents an exhibition with a remarkable selection of works from the Museum’s permanent collection and a few fantastic loans, including a 11th century B.C. marble sculpture and an 18th century glazed porcelain figure of a highly animated tiger.

Noble Virtues: Nature as Symbol in Chinese Art
Flowers, plants, and animals abound in Chinese art. From simple objects for the home to fancy vessels for the imperial court, popular prints to meticulously crafted paintings, manifestations of the natural world are found nearly everywhere. Sometimes these images are purely decorative, but often they carry meanings drawn from history, poetry, and cultural memory. This new exhibition, drawn primarily from The Met collection, introduces some of these themes through over 100 works of painting, calligraphy, and decorative arts.

Kimono Style: The John C. Weber Collection
This exhibition traces the transformation of the kimono from the late Edo period (1615–1868) through the early 20th century, as the T-shaped garment was adapted to suit the lifestyle of modern Japanese women. It features a remarkable selection of works from the renowned John C. Weber Collection of Japanese art that explore the mutual artistic exchanges between the kimono and Western fashion, as well as highlights from The Costume Institute’s collection.

Jegi: Korean Ritual Objects
During the Joseon dynasty (1392–1910), Neo-Confucianism was the ruling ideology. People engaged in rituals on the birth and death anniversaries for ancestors upward of five generations, and on major holidays, such as the Lunar New Year and Chuseok (Harvest Moon Festival). Court ancestral rites became the bedrock of Joseon political life and were enacted on a grand scale that included musical and dance performances. A key feature throughout was a table bearing food and drink offerings presented on jegi, or ritual objects. This exhibition features the various types of ritual vessels and accessories that were used for this purpose and entombed, as well as the kinds of musical instruments played at state events.

Samurai Splendor: Sword Fittings from Edo
This installation in the Arms and Armor galleries explores the luxurious aspects of Edo-period sword fashion, a fascinating form of arms and armor rarely featured in exhibitions outside Japan. It presents a selection of exquisite sword mountings, fittings, and related objects, including maker’s sketchbooks—all drawn from The Met collection and many rarely or never exhibited before.

A Passion for Jade: The Bishop Collection
More than a hundred remarkable objects from the Heber Bishop collection, including carvings of jade, the most esteemed stone in China, and many other hardstones, are on view in this focused presentation. The refined works represent the sophisticated art of Chinese gemstone carvers during the Qing dynasty (1644–1911) as well as the highly accomplished skills of Mogul Indian (1526–1857) craftsmen, which provided an exotic inspiration to their Chinese counterparts. Also on view are a set of Chinese stone-working tools and illustrations of jade workshops, which introduces the traditional method of working jade.

Embracing Color: Enamel in Chinese Decorative Arts, 1300-1900
Enamel decoration is a significant element of Chinese decorative arts that has long been overlooked. This exhibition reveals the aesthetic, technical, and cultural achievement of Chinese enamel wares by demonstrating the transformative role of enamel during the Ming (1368–1644) and Qing (1644–1911) dynasties. The more than 100 objects on view are drawn mainly from The Met collection.

Michael Lin: Pentachrome
Michael Lin’s site-specific installation Pentachrome brings contemporary art to the Museum’s Great Hall Escalator for the first time. Inspired by The Met collection and the building’s architecture, Pentachrome invites visitors to reconsider the Museum’s Great Hall, its Balcony, and the surrounding art from a fresh perspective.

Arts of Nepal & Tibet
This year’s annual rotation of the Himalayan galleries is distinguished by a number of major new acquisitions and gifts that continue to build The Met’s holdings as one of the premier collections of Tibetan and Nepalese masterworks.

Perfect Imperfection in Ceramic Art
Drawing upon collection objects from both the Asian and Modern and Contemporary Art Departments, this exhibition explores the development of the concept of imperfection in ceramic art in Japan, as well as its profound influence on American and European makers during the 20th century.

THE RUBIN MUSEUM OF ART

Gateway to Himalayan Art
Gateway to Himalayan Art, curated by Elena Pakhoutova, introduces viewers to the main forms, concepts, meanings, and traditions of Himalayan art represented in the Rubin Museum collection.

Shrine Room Projects:
ROHINI DEVASHER/PALDEN WEINREB
In dialogue with the Tibetan Buddhist Shrine Room at the center of the gallery, Shrine Room Projects is an exhibition series that features contemporary artists who reinterpret traditional and religious iconography. For Shrine Room Projects, Rohini Devasher (b. 1978, New Delhi) presents a two-channel video installation, 300 Km or the Apparent Movement of the Sun (2020), a powerful visual meditation on the observation of the sun moving across the sky. Palden Weinreb (b. 1982, New York) presents two mixed-media works created in wax and illuminated by LED lights, Offerings (2014) and Untitled (Stupa) (2013).

Masterworks: A Journey Through Himalayan Art
This regularly changing exhibition at the Rubin explores major strands in the development of Himalayan art, covering a period of over one thousand years and featuring objects drawn primarily from the Rubin Museum’s collection.

Healing Practices: Stories from Himalayan Americans
Healing Practices: Stories from Himalayan Americans presents the diverse ways that Tibetan Buddhist artworks and practices have served as roadmaps to well-being, with over 25 objects from the Rubin Museum’s collection set alongside personal stories and experiences from Himalayan Americans. Centered around the themes of prevention, healing, and longevity, the exhibition highlights how these living traditions are transformed and adopted for today’s world, inspiring visitors to reflect on their own healing journeys.

Noble Virtues: Nature as Symbol in Chinese Art at the Met

September 10, 2022

Zheng Xie (1693–1765), Orchids and Bamboo (detail), China, dated 1742, handscroll, ink on paper. Edward Elliott Family Collection, Purchase, The Dillon Fund Gift, 1981 (1981.285.7)

Noble Virtues: Nature as Symbol in Chinese Art,
The Metropolitan Museum of Art

September 10, 2022-January 29, 2023

Flowers, plants, and animals abound in Chinese art. From simple objects for the home to fancy vessels for the imperial court, popular prints to meticulously crafted paintings, manifestations of the natural world are found nearly everywhere.

Sometimes these images are purely decorative, but often they carry meanings drawn from history, poetry, and cultural memory. Bamboo, for instance, which bends in the cold wind without breaking, can be a symbol of the virtuous person withstanding hard times; the plum blossom, which dares to bloom in the chill of early spring, an emblem of righteous bravery. For artists and viewers alike, associations such as these added layers of depth to an artwork. In this way, a vignette of the natural world could become a celebration of life, a wish for good fortune, or even a defiant act of protest.

This exhibition, drawn primarily from The Met collection, introduces some of these themes through over 100 works of painting, calligraphy, and decorative arts.

Air India’s Maharaja Appears at Poster House

September 9, 2022

Air India's Maharaja: Advertising Gone Rogue,
Poster House, in partnership with Kapoor Galleries

September 9, 2022-February 12, 2023

When Air-India launched “the Maharaja” as their mascot in 1946, he soon became a larger than life figure, and not only adorned innumerable posters but also became an important part of cultural life, often even rankling the preferences of notable dignitaries. Conceived by Bobby Kooka and illustrated by Umresh Rao, the Maharaja sported a large moustache, turban, and prominent belly. He was usually portrayed with a strong sense of humor and winking satire. . . as he models hospitality and refinement in New York in the poster above, he is dressed up as a Playboy Bunny and serves drinks to a (very) young Hugh Hefner.

Today, September 9th, Poster House opens Air India's Maharaja: Advertising Gone Rogue, which features the Maharaja in his many guises. The show, which is on view until February 12th, is organized in partnership with Kapoor Galleries in New York City and the Indo-American Arts Council. Sanjay Kapoor along with Carly Johnson and Sophia Williamson curated the exhibition.

Related Programs:

Poster Kids: The Maharaja—What A Character!, Virtual and In-person sessions on September 18
Air India: Virtual Curatorial Tour, Curators Carly Johnson and Sophia Williamson speak online on October 11
Vibrant Verbal Description Tour: Air India, an online curator's talk for community members who are blind or have low vision on October 18

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For a special AWNY Member Monday feature about this project, click here.

Asia Week Autumn 2022 Auction Schedule

September 8, 2022

BONHAMS

The Joan and Ted Dorf Collection of Chinese Snuff Bottles and Archers Rings
September 19, 2022
Live auction starting at 10am EDT
Read the special feature Collecting 101 | 5 Things to Know About Snuff Bottles, click here
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Chinese Works of Art and Paintings
Chinese Works of Art: September 19, 2022, starting at 13:30 EDT, with Lot 150
Chinese Paintings: September 20, 2022, starting at 10am EDT, with Lot 346
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Japanese and Korean Art
September 21, 2022, starting at 10am EDT
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CHRISTIE'S

Japanese and Korean Art
September 20, 2022 at 10am EDT
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The John C. and Susan L. Huntington Collection
September 21, 2022 at 8:30am EDT
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Centering the Figure: South Asian Modern + Contemporary Art from the Collection of Romi Lamba
September 21, 2022 at 10:00am EDT
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South Asian Modern + Contemporary Art
September 21, 2022 at 12:30pm EDT
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Important Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art
September 22, 2022 at 8:30am and September 23, 2022 at 8:30am EDT
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Japanese and Korean Art Online
September 14, 2022 at 10:00am - September 27, 2022 at 10:00am EDT
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Indian and Himalayan Art Online featuring The John C. and Susan L. Huntington Collection
September 14, 2022 at 10:00am - September 28, 2022 at 10:00am EDT
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Thoughts Across the Waters: Asian Art from the David Drabkin Collection
September 14, 2022 at 10:00am - September 28, 2022 at 9:00am EDT
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Art of China Online
September 14, 2022 at 10:00am - September 29, 2022 at 9:00am EDT
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DOYLE

Auction September 21, 2022, 10am EDT
Viewing September 16-19, 12pm-5pm and by appointment
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HERITAGE AUCTIONS

Asian Art Signature® Auction #8090, September 20-21, 2022
Sale to be held in Dallas
Open for online bidding approximately August 30, 2022
Highlights Only Exhibition:
September 15-19, 2022
445 Park Avenue
New York, NY 10022
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iGAVEL

Asian, Ancient, and Ethnographic Works of Art
Online auction, October 6-25, 2022
EXHIBITION
September 15–23, 2022
Open 10am-5pm, closed Sunday
227 East 120th Street, New York
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SOTHEBY'S

Power/Conquest: The Forging of Empires
Live auction, September 20, 2022, 9am EDT
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Dharma and Tantra
Live auction, September 20, 2022, 10am EDT
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Important Chinese Art
Live auction, September 21, 2022, 9am EDT
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SUBLIME BEAUTY: Korean Ceramics from a Private Collection
September 15-22, 2022, 10am EDT
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China/5000 Years
September 16-27, 2022
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NMAA Celebrates Revealing Krishna with an Afternoon of Programs

September 6, 2022

Revealing Krishna: Journey to Cambodia’s Sacred Mountain,
National Museum of Asian Art, Washington D.C.

Afternoon of free live programs, September 10, 2022 beginning at 1pm

As this exceptional exhibition comes to a close on September 18th, the museum has planned an afternoon of activities. Revealing Krishna transports visitors to a sacred mountain in the floodplains of southern Cambodia. The exhibition showcases a monumental sculpture of the Hindu god Krishna lifting Mount Govardhan to protect his people from a torrential storm sent by an angry god. For the first time, the sculpture is explored in the context of its original environment, as part of a multi-religious landscape and quite literally built into a mountain.

Curator's talk, 1pm
Step into the exhibition Revealing Krishna and take a journey to Cambodia’s sacred mountain of Phnom Da with curator Emma Natalya Stein. Walk through a sweeping cinematic corridor and feel as if you are traveling by boat down the river to meet Krishna lifting Mount Govardhan, a monumental sculpture with a 1500-year history.

Satook: A Screening and Conversation with praCh Ly, 2pm
Created for the exhibition, this short documentary examines the transformation of religious traditions through the ruptures of the Khmer Rouge genocide and immigration. praCh Ly is a critically acclaimed and award-winning artist.

Reception featuring Cambodian-inspired refreshments, 3pm

Story of the Serpent: Cambodian Dance, 4pm
Experience a dance performance by Mea Lath that explores the identity of the naga, the serpent deity, who poignantly gets caught in her own tail—a metaphor for struggles with identity in the wake of immigration. The program includes a traditional blessing dance and a contemporary work choreographed by Sophiline Cheam Shapiro. Dancer Reaksmey “Mea” Lath is a celebrated Cambodian classical dancer, instructor, and manager of the Khmer Arts Academy in Long Beach, California.

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The Korea Society Hosts Hanbok: The Celebration

September 5, 2022

Hanbok: The Celebration, The Korea Society
In person and online event, September 8, 2022, 6:30pm EDT

Riding the Korean Wave sweeping the world, the traditional Korean costumes have become increasingly visible in global media. In 2021, hanbok-the generic term referring to traditional style Korean clothing-was registered in the Oxford English Dictionary. In this comprehensive series of lectures, Dr. Minjee Kim, the preeminent scholar of Korean textile and fashion in the U.S., illustrates and elucidates hanbok in sartorial, socio-cultural, and historical contexts.

In the fourth presentation of the series, Dr. Kim will demonstrate in person how to dress the bride and the groom in their splendid wedding attires. The children's one-year birthday celebration ensembles will also be displayed and their symbolism will be discussed.

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Asian Art Online at Bonhams Los Angeles

September 5, 2022

A Molded Celadon-Glazed "Dragon" Vase, Qianlong seal mark, 19th century/Republic period,
H. 16 1/4 in. (41.3cm), Estimate: $8,000-12,000, lot 9.

Asian Art Online, Bonhams Los Angeles
Online sale now through September 8, 2022

This sale offers a diverse array of choice Chinese ceramics, works of art, furniture, and paintings, as well as antique and modern works of art from Southeast Asia, including exceptional Burmese silver items. Several lots are offered by the Asian Art Museum San Francisco.

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New Exhibition at the Charles B. Wang Center at Stony Brook University

September 3, 2022

Saule Dyussenbina: Kazakh Funny Games and New Mythologies,
Charles B. Wang Center, Stony Brook University

September 7-December 10, 2022
Free opening reception: Wednesday, September 7, 2022 at 5pm-7pm

Curated by Jinyoung A. Jin, Saule Dyussenbina: Kazakh Funny Games and New Mythologies traces complex Central Asian geopolitics, history, traditions, and USSR memories through the works of Saule Dyussenbina. The former USSR-born Kazakh artist encapsulates the cultural diversity and multifaceted political history of Kazakhstan, and she produces new narratives and myths through unexpected juxtapositions and fragmented images.

From digital wallpaper to dinner plates, Dyussenbina sprinkles a sense of humor in her artworks while paying homage to European master artists such as Goya and Van Gogh, to indigenous nomadic Kazakhstan cultures, and to post-Soviet politics. She remixes motifs from traditional European ornaments, Kazakh folk culture (like ram horns, horses, and eagle hunters), architectural remains from the Soviet era, and icons of contemporary society (Chanel logos, surveillance cameras) and repeats them kaleidoscopically. Dazzling flies, flowers, horses, and cameras symbolize the collapse and rise of ubiquitous urban iconographies and repetitive failure in contemporary society.

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Asia Week New York Begins the September Season with a Special Webinar

September 2, 2022

Sherman Lee at the Cleveland Museum of Art, 1965. Courtesy of The Cleveland Museum of Art Archives

Sherman Lee: Master of Art, Asia Week New York
Online webinar, Tuesday, September 13, 2022, 5pm EDT

Sherman Lee, the renowned Asian art expert, had an enormous impact on the field of Asian art. His most significant role was as director of the Cleveland Museum of Art, where he was instrumental in assembling one of the foremost Asian art collections in the US and turned the museum into a major destination. In addition, his legendary connoisseurship and brilliant eye made him a sought-after adviser to collectors, among them John D. Rockefeller 3rd for his collection of Asian art, bequeathed to Asia Society.

Four panelists will discuss and give presentations about different facets of Lee’s life and career. These include his approach to collecting Asian art, a personal perspective from his daughter, further insights on his influence in the field from a fellow Asian art scholar and friend of many years, and his role as advisor and benefactor to the Ackland Museum.

Separating Sheep from Goats: Sherman E. Lee and Collecting Asian Art
Noelle Giuffrida
Curator of Asian Art, David Owsley Museum of Art and Professor of Art History,
Ball State University
Noelle Giuffrida is the author of Separating Sheep from Goats: Sherman E. Lee’s Collecting of Chinese Art in Postwar America, published by the University of California Press in 2018. In addition to her work at Ball State University, where she recently completed reinstalling and reinterpreting the Japanese collection at the David Owsley Museum of Art, Giuffrida also serves as a research associate with the Center for East Asian Studies at the University of Kansas. Giuffrida’s research focuses on Chinese art, particularly the history of collecting and exhibiting premodern works in American museums after World War II and the visual culture of Daoism in late imperial China. Her teaching and curatorial experience extend broadly both temporally—from Neolithic to contemporary—and cross-culturally to China, Korea, and Japan, as well as to South and Southeast Asia.

Sherman Lee: Reflections of a Daughter
Katharine Lee Reid

Retired Director, Cleveland Museum of Art
Katharine Lee Reid is the daughter of Sherman Lee, who sparked her interest in art while still a child. Reid served as director of the Cleveland Museum of Art from 2000-2005, a post her father held from 1958 to 1983. During her tenure, work began on the museum's extensive expansion and renovation. Reid was director of the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts from 1991-2000, when she also initiated a large renovation project and significantly expanded the museum's programs and community outreach. Prior to her time at the VMFA, Reid held the posts of assistant and deputy director at the Art Institute of Chicago and curatorial positions at the Ackland Art Museum, the Smart Museum of Art, and the Toledo Museum of Art. During her career, Reid has shared her rich experience on numerous boards and advisory committees. She was awarded the Ordre des Arts et des Lettres by the French government. Reid holds degrees in art history from Vassar College and Harvard University and studied at the Sorbonne; she holds an honorary degree of Doctor of Fine Arts from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Sherman Lee: A Man for All Seasons
Mary Ann Rogers

Co-founder & Director, Kaikodo
Mary Ann Rogers received an MPhil in Chinese Art and Archaeology from the School of Oriental and African Studies, the University of London, and worked toward a PhD in Chinese painting at UC Berkeley. She has balanced a life in the art business with an academic life, contributing to journals and catalogues in Asian art and culture, teaching in the states and Japan, where she was also affiliated with the Tokyo-based Idemitsu Museum of Arts. Mary Ann and her husband established and operated Kaikodo, from their home in Kita-Kamakura in Japan for well over a decade and then for 25 years in New York City, where their gallery served as a vibrant meeting place for collectors and scholars of Asian Art worldwide. In the wake of the global health crisis, the Rogers relocated all Kaikodo business operations to the Big Island in Hawai’i, which has long been the center of Kaikodo Journal production and a destination for friends and associates in their field, all making Mary Ann eminently qualified to discuss the lasting legacy of Sherman Lee in A Man for All Seasons.

Sage in the Bamboo Grove: Sherman E. Lee and the Ackland Art Museum
Peter Nisbet
Deputy Director for Curatorial Affairs, Ackland Art Museum
Peter Nisbet is the deputy director for curatorial affairs at the Ackland Art Museum at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he oversees the exhibition program and the permanent collection of over 20,000 objects, including some 1,600 Asian works of art. He has published widely on the Russian and Soviet avant-garde, on German modern and contemporary art, on postwar Japanese art, and on issues of museum history, theory, and practice. His most recent book is Look Close, Think Far: Art at the Ackland, which was published by Paul Holberton Publishing this summer. Before joining the Ackland in 2009, Nisbet held posts at the Busch-Reisinger Museum/Harvard Art Museums, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and the Yale University Art Gallery. He holds a BA and MA from Cambridge University and a PhD in the History of Art from Yale University.

Moderator:
Dessa Goddard

Vice President, US Head, Asian Art Group, Senior Specialist, Chinese Art, Senior Specialist, Japanese Art, Head of Business Strategy, Global Chinese Paintings, Senior Management Team, Bonhams
Chairman, Asia Week New York

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