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Thomas Murray at Winter Bruneaf 2022

February 16, 2022

Mamuli Heirloom Ornament, Sumba, 19th century, gold, 2.75 x 2.25 in. (7 x 5.7 cm.), 38.8 grams

Winter Bruneaf 2022, Thomas Murray Asiatica/Ethnographica
Online exhibition, February 16-20, 2022

This week Thomas Murray is participating in the prestigious Winter Bruneaf for non-European art in Brussels with an online exhibition. This biannual fair was established in 1988 and is one of the leading gatherings for specialists and galleries in Tribal Art. This season's show, which includes 28 galleries from Europe and the United States, features a wide array of Asian, Indonesian, African, Pre-Columbian, and Aboriginal Australian sculptures, masks, jewelry, coins, and other ritual or domestic treasures.

Among the selections of art works presented by Thomas Murray is this exceptional gold ornament from Sumba, an island in eastern Indonesia. In the shape of the characteristic omega form, which has been interpreted to represent the female genitalia and thereby reference fertility, it is balanced with “male” goats, which stand in profile at the base and bring about a cosmic harmony, even while symbolizing wealth and prestige. This exceptionally rare and important Goat Mamuli is possibly the companion to the related Goat Mamuli in the Metropolitan Museum of New York.

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Chinese Art Programs at the Huntington

February 15, 2022

Wan-go H. C. Weng, (1918–2020), Garden of Flowing Fragrance, 2007, handscroll, ink on paper, image: 10 3/8 x 50 7/8 in. (26.3 x 129 cm.), The Huntington Library, Art Museum, and Botanical Gardens

A Garden of Words: The Calligraphy of Liu Fang Yuan
The Huntington Library, Art Museum, and Botanical Gardens

San Marino, California
Now on view through May 16, 2022

Celebrating the recent opening of the final phase of its Chinese Garden, The Huntington presents an exhibition of contemporary Chinese calligraphy as the inaugural installation in the garden's new art gallery, the Studio for Lodging the Mind. The exhibition, designed to illuminate the art form and foster deeper appreciation of its expressive qualities, will be presented in two 16-week rotations of 20 works each. The work of 21 contemporary ink artists will be featured, including Bai Qianshen, Michael Cherney, Grace Chu, Fu Shen, Lo Ch’ing, Tang Qingnian, Wang Mansheng, Wan-go Weng, Zhu Chengjun, and Terry Yuan, among others. The works on view comprise the original calligraphic scrolls that served as the models for inscriptions throughout the garden.

Ordering the Myriad Things:
From Traditional Knowledge to Scientific Botany in China

Thursday, February 17, 2022, 7:30pm PST/10:30pm EST

In his new book, Ordering the Myriad Things, Nicholas K. Menzies, research fellow in The Huntington's Center for East Asian Garden Studies, examines how traditional knowledge of plants in China gave way to scientific botany between the mid-19th and mid-20th centuries. This talk will focus especially on images of plants, contrasting their representation in late-imperial Chinese painting and materia medica to the conventions of scientific botanical drawing. It will highlight the work and careers of three 20th-century Chinese artists who paved the way for today's professional botanical illustrators.

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Last days for Ippodo's Layers of Time: Spatial Ceramic Works by Yukiya Izumita

February 14, 2022

Yukiya Izumita (b. 1966), Sekisoh Layers, 2021, ceramic, 12 1/2 x 20 x 7 in.

Layers of Time: Spatial Ceramic Works by Yukiya Izumita
Closing day Feburary 17, 2022

The 25 ceramic works in the Yukiya Izumita exhibition are in perpetual tension. His inventive use of layered clay is as sophisticated as it is attuned to the earth, with the folds of mud suggestive of the toil they require. Now more than ever, the tactility of the works speaks to our need to reconnect—to the earth and to one another. An emphasis on environmental embrace has always been central to Ippodo Gallery’s mission, and its pertinence echoes through each work of art.

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Japan Society | Japanese Pop Culture: Connecting the World through Manga and Anime

February 13, 2022

Japanese Pop Culture: Connecting the World through Manga and Anime
Japan Society

Tuesday, February 15, 2022, 7pm EST

Japanese pop culture, symbolized by manga and anime, has become an increasingly significant part of the cultural conversation across the globe. Julia Mechler, manga creator and Content Production Group Manager at mixi, inc., and Roland Kelts, author of Japanamerica: How Japanese Pop Culture Has Invaded the U.S., provide their insights into the current state of the industry, from pen to paper to screen, unpacking some of the latest trends and emerging technologies in Japanese pop culture. This webinar covers the historical development of manga and anime, the global influence of otaku culture, and what the future may bring inside and outside of Japan. Moderated by Bill Tsutsui, author of Japanese Popular Culture and Globalization, the fifth and final event in our five-part Living Traditions webinar series invites you on a journey into the sprawling Japanese pop culture grounded in a unique cultural DNA.

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Just Visiting This Planet at MIYAKO YOSHINAGA

February 12, 2022

Mayumi Lake (b. 1966), It's Alright #141199, 2014, archival pigment print, 27 1/8 x 36 in. (68.6 x 91.4 cm.), Edition of 3 plus 2 artist's proofs

Just Visiting This Planet, Winter Group Show 2022, MIYAKO YOSHINAGA
On view now-March 12, 2022

MIYAKO YOSHINAGA recently opened their Winter Group Show entitled Just Visiting This Planet. The 1991 documentary film of the same title featured the legendary Japanese butoh dancer Kazuo Ôno (1906-2010) visiting Berlin, Venice, Vienna, and New York. The film captured the aging dancer up-close and personal, performing indoors and outdoors on each city’s most culturally magnetic site, while creating his own universe. In tribute to the film’s essence—the celebration of the creativity of a free soul without physical boundaries—this group exhibition presents works by six contemporary Japanese photographers: Emi Anrakuji, Hitoshi Fugo, Mikiko Hara, Mayumi Lake, Yu Yamauchi, and Daisuke Yokota.

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AWNY Now Active on RED

February 11, 2022

AWNY’s recent posts on Chinese-language RED social media platform.

Now you can follow Asia Week New York on the Chinese-language social media site RED. This new method of communication is thanks to the help of our new consultant, Sharon Zheng, who lives in Guangdong and is a dealer in Japanese ukiyo-e prints. You can follow Sharon on her own accounts on Instagram (artof_ukiyoe) and RED (浮世绘女魔头). Not only are Sharon’s linguistic skills critical, but her knowledge of Chinese-language social media sites and Asian-art activity in China will provide invaluable expertise in posting what RED readers are interested to see.

L-R: Sharon Zheng with AWNY Treasurer Katherine Martin at Scholten Japanese Art.

RED, which is known in Chinese as 小红书 or “little red book”, was founded in 2013 and has become not only one of China’s most popular social media and e-commerce platforms but also one of the largest in the world. Called “China’s answer to Instagram,” RED started with a focus on online shopping and then expanded its content. RED now has more than 300 million registered users and more than 100 million monthly active participants.

We started our campaign with introductory posts that explained who and what Asia Week New York is. We are now sharing daily images of great art works from our members of tigers and plum blossoms to celebrate the new year. We also plan to open accounts on the popular platforms Weibo and WeChat soon.

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Art@Bainbridge | Between Heartlands / Kelly Wang

February 11, 2022

Kelly Wang (Wang Jiayi, b. 1992), Life & Death II, 2020 and Spring Thoughts, 2018. Collection of the Artist.

Between Heartlands/Kelly Wang, Princeton University Art Museum
Now on view-February 27, 2022
Art@Bainbridge, 158 Nassau St, Princeton

Kelly Wang (Wang Jiayi王佳怡, b. 1992) combines contemporary and ancient influences, as well as American and Asian traditions, to create multimedia works infused with elements of cultural identity and personal grief. She creates landscapes of the heart that revolve around places, people, or events with which she shares a deep sense of belonging. For the artist, such heartscapes are not natural phenomena but creations of the mind and heart that often generate tensions related to human identity or crisis. These moments give rise to original and experimental works of art that challenge the way we think about heritage and the way we see the world around us. Walking a tightrope between past and future, West and East, Wang explores the boundaries of calligraphy, painting, and sculpture in new ways while confronting life and mourning. Between Heartlands is curated by Cary Y. Liu, Nancy and Peter Lee Curator of Asian Art, Princeton University Art Museum.

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Fu Qiumeng's Exhibition Named "Top Five Picks"

February 10, 2022

NYC-Arts Top Five Picks: New York Rhythms: C.C. Wang Calligraphy

NYC-Arts named Fu Qiumeng's current exhibition New York Rhythms: C.C. Wang Calligraphy as one of its Top Five Picks for the week of February 4-10. NYC-Arts is an award-winning arts program co-hosted by Paula Zahn and Philippe de Montebello. Both Paula Zahn and Philippe de Montebello have won a NY Emmy for their work on the program.

New York Rhythms: C. C. Wang's Calligraphy, on view now through March 5th, is the first retrospective to focus on the artist's final two decades of calligraphy practice in New York City. The exhibit's 16 pieces, culled from the collections of a small group of Wang's friends and students, represent three significant stages of work. They chart the artist's journey from traditional calligraphy, through an experimental phase, and culminate in an abstract calligraphic period that marks his transformation from a classical Chinese landscape painter to a contemporary artist, working in tune with the 1980s and 1990s creative currents. The exhibition's title is drawn from a remark made by C.C. Wang that his art work had developed to the point that it had "become just like jazz music."

This week's other Top Five Picks include David Zwirner Art Gallery's Toni Morrison’s Black Book, Forum Gallery's Stillness of Life: Bauer | Fenniak | Massad | Mitri, Baryshnikov Arts Center's Philippe Petit: Open Practice and White Wave's 6th Annual SoloDuo Dance Festival at Dixon's Place.

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February 9, 2022

Asia Week New York's Online Exhibition, click here

Calendar of Events:
Below are the exhibitions and events that are taking place during Asia Week. For more information, please click on the links provided. All times listed are EDT.
Tuesday, March 15:
*Evening Launch Webinar at 6pm: presented by Asia Week New York Planning Committee. Register here
*Online exhibitions go live: Kaikodo LLC, Thomas Murray, and Akar Prakar
*Online lecture at 12pm: Fit for a Palace: The Craze for Safavid Carpets in Seventeenth-Century Europe, National Museum of Asian Art
Wednesday, March 16:
*Evening live gallery receptions at Art Passages, DAG, Oliver Forge & Brendan Lynch Ltd., Ippodo Gallery, and Kapoor Galleries
*Online exhibitions go live: Egenolf Gallery
*Online lecture at 7pm: Curators in Context, Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art
Thursday, March 17, St. Patrick's Day
*Online panel discussion at 10am, Water in a Shared World: Artist Perspectives (Practice or Action), Asia Society New York
*Online panel discussion at 1pm, Fantastic Brush: Twentieth-Century Chinese Ink Art, Denver Art Museum
*Evening live gallery receptions at Onishi Gallery, TAI ModernMIYAKO YOSHINAGA
*Zoom panel discussion at 5pm with Joan B Mirviss LTD
*Virtual preview at 5pm, Virtual Preview of Japanese and Korean Art Including Important Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art and the Collection of David and Nayda Utterberg by Christie's specialists, Christie's
*Virtual lecture at 6pm, Fashioning an Empire: Design Inspirations from Iran, National Museum of Asian Art
*Evening live reception at 6pm, Rubin Museum of Art, invitation only
Friday, March 18:
*Online Lecture at 1pm, Adopt, Adapt, Assimilate, and Transform: Early Chinese Buddhist Sculpture by Robert D. Mowry, Christie's
*Live lecture at 4:30pm, Buddhist Art of Gandhara and the ‘Year 5’ Buddha: New Studies in Chronology and Iconography by Juhyung Rhi, The Metropolitan Museum of Art
*Evening live gallery receptions at Fu Qiumeng Fine Art, Dai Ichi Arts LTD and Giuseppe Piva Japanese Art
*Evening live opening celebration at Rubin Museum of Art
Saturday and Sunday, March 19 and 20:
Open House Weekend - All participating dealer exhibitions and auction house viewings open all day
*Live lectures on Saturday at 2pm and 3pm, Claude de Marteau: The Master Dealer and Collector by Edward Wilkinson and Forensic Iconography: Chronology, Region & Art Style by Jeff Watt, limited seating, Bonhams
*Exhibition live tour, Saturday and Sunday at 2pm, Rubin Museum of Art
*Exhibition live talk at TAI Modern on Saturday at 2:30pm
*Live lectures on Saturday at 4pm and 5pm, Reconsidering the Sir Michael Butler Collection of 17th century Chinese Porcelain by Katharine Butler and Teresa Canepa and Dr Wou Kiuan and the Wou Lien-Pai Collection by Rose Kerr, Sotheby's
*Live lecture on Sunday at 11am at Japan Society: Reflections of a Collector, with ukiyo–e collector George MannJapanese Art Society of America
*Online lecture on Sunday at 12pm, The Bottles They Carried: A Conversation on Provenance and The Rachelle R. Holden Collection of Important Chinese Snuff Bottles by Clare Chu and Andrew Lueck, Christie's
Monday, March 21:
*Auctions at Bonhams, Doyle, Sotheby's
Tuesday, March 22:
*Auctions at Bonhams, Sotheby's, Christie's, Heritage Auctions
*Online and live lecture at 7pm, Riders from the North: The Qidan—Their Culture, Lifestyle and Beliefs by Jenny So, San Antonio Museum of Art
Wednesday, March 23:
*Auctions at Bonhams, Sotheby's, Christie's
*Live performance at 6:30pm, Bingyi's Lotus Dynasty: Performance, Music, and Conversation with Epic Avant-Garde Artist Bingyi, China Institute
Thursday, March 24:
*Auctions at Christie's
Friday, March 25:
*Online lecture at 8:30am, Arrival of Indian Painting in the USA by Brinda Kumar, DAG
*Auctions at Christie's and Doyle

Dealer Exhibitions

Indian, Himalayan, and Southeast Asian Art

Akar Prakar, Jayashree Chakravarty: Feeling the Pulse (in the pandemic year), ONLINE March 15-April 15
Art Passages, Delightful Images: Indian Paintings and Courtly Objects, March 16-24
DAG, A Place in the Sun: Women Artists from 20th Century India, March 15-May 28
Oliver Forge & Brendan Lynch Ltd, India and Iran: Works on Paper, March 16-25
Francesca Galloway, Court, Epic, Spirit: Indian Art 15th-19th Century, January 26-March 24
Kapoor Galleries, Dhanvantari's Blessing, March 14-25
Thomas Murray, Important Indian, Indonesian and Other Textiles and Masks: Inspiration and Interpretation, ONLINE and by appointment, March 16-25

Chinese Art

Fu Qiumeng Fine Art, Ink Affinities 墨缘: The Collaborative Works of Arnold Chang and Michael Cherney, March 18-May 7
Ralph M. Chait Galleries, Inc., Spring Exhibition of Chinese Porcelains and Works of Art, March 16-25
INK Studio, Bingyi: Land of Immortals, March 16-April 22
Kaikodo LLC, The Ancients Among Us: Chinese and Japanese Paintings and Works of Art, ONLINE March 15-25
Zetterquist Galleries, Chinese Ceramics from Tang-Yuan Dynasty, March 16-25

Japanese Art

The Art of Japan, Two Hundred Years of Japanese Prints, March 18-21
Dai Ichi Arts, Ltd., Future Forms: Avant-Garde Sculpture in Modern Japanese Ceramics, March 1-30
Egenolf Gallery Japanese Prints, Masterworks by Tsukioka Yoshitoshi (1839-1892), ONLINE March 16-25
Ippodo Gallery, Chaos to Cosmos: White Road between Two Rivers,
March 10-April 14
Joan B Mirviss LTD, Kondō Takahiro: Making Waves, March 16-April 22
Onishi Gallery, The Eternal Beauty of Metal, March 1-23
Giuseppe Piva Japanese Art, Japanese Art and Antiques, March 16-25
Scholten Japanese Art, Influencers: Japonisme and Modern Japan, March 16-25
Sebastian Izzard LLC Asian Art, Privately Commissioned Japanese Prints and Albums from the Late 18th and Early 19th, March 18-26
Thomsen Gallery, Modern Masterpieces from the Taisho-Early Showa Eras,
March 18-25
TAI Modern, Yufu Shohaku Solo Exhibition; Selected Works of Japanese Bamboo Art, March 16-25
Hiroshi Yanagi Oriental Art, Selection of Japanese Art, March 16-23
MIYAKO YOSHINAGA, "In the Space of the Near and Distant"-Solo Exhibition by Jonathan Yukio Clark, March 17-April 30

Korean Art

HK Art & Antiques LLC, Korean Paintings and Sculptures: Past and Present,
March 17-April 6


Auction Viewing and Sale Schedule
Asia Week March 2022 New York

The Reverend Richard Fabian Collection of Chinese Paintings and Calligraphy,
Part IV
Auction: March 21, 10am EDT
Viewing: March 16-20, 10am-5pm

Chinese Works of Art and Paintings Including The Richard Milhender Export Furniture Collection
Auction: March 21, 11:30am EDT
Viewing: March 16-20, 10am-5pm

Indian, Himalayan and Southeast Asian Art
Auction: March 22, 9am EDT
Viewing: March 16-21, 10am-5pm

Japanese and Korean Art
March 23, 10am EDT
Viewing: March 16-21, 10am-5pm and March 22, 10am-3pm

The Noble Silver Collection: Treasures from the Burmese Silver Age
Online, March 14-24, 2022

The Reverend Richard Fabian Collection of Chinese Paintings and Calligraphy,
Part V
Online, March 14-24, 2022

Arts of India, Southeast Asia and the Himalayas
Online, March 15-25, 2022

The Claude de Marteau Collection:
Treasures from Tibet, Nepal, India and Southeast Asia
March 16-21, 2022

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South Asian Modern and Contemporary Art
Online, March 15, 10:00am-March 30, 10am EDT
Viewing: March 18, 19, 21, 22, 10am-5pm and March 20, 1-5pm

Rivers and Mountains Far from the World:
Important Chinese Snuff Bottles from the Rachelle R. Holden Collection
Online March 15, 10am-March 29, 10am EDT
Viewing: March 18, 19, 21, 22, 10am-5pm and March 20, 1-5pm and March 23, 10am-2pm

Japanese and Korean Art Including the Collection of David and Nayda Utterberg
Auction: March 22, 10am EDT
Viewing: March 18, 19, 21, 10am-5pm and March 20, 1-5pm

Indian, Himalayan and Southeast Asian Works of Art
Auction: March 23, 8:30am EDT
Viewing: March 18, 19, 21, 22, 10am-5pm and March 20, 1-5pm

South Asian Modern + Contemporary Art,
Including Works from the Collection of Mahinder and Sharad Tak
Auction: March 23, 11am EDT
Viewing: March 18, 19, 21, 22, 10am-5pm and March 20, 1-5pm

Rivers and Mountains Far from the World:
Important Chinese Snuff Bottles from the Rachelle R. Holden Collection
Auction: March 24, 12pm EDT
Viewing: March 18, 19, 21, 22, 10am-5pm and March 20, 1-5pm and March 23, 10am-2pm

Important Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art
Auctions: March 25, 10am EDT
Viewing: March 18, 19, 21, 22, 10am-5pm and March 20, 1-5pm and March 23, 10am-2pm

Special Exhibition: Wang Fangyu: A Wenren in America
March 18-23

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Asian Works of Art
Auction: March 21, 10am EDT
Viewing: March 18-20, 12-5pm

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Asian Art Signature® Auction
Auction: March 22, 11am
Viewing: March 16-21, 10am-5pm

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Asian, Ancient and Ethnographic Works of Art
Viewing: March 16-25, 10am-5pm
Online auction: April 7-26

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Modern & Contemporary South Asian Art
Auction: March 21, 11am EDT
Viewing: March 16-20, 10am-5pm

A Journey Through China's History: The Dr Wou Kiuan Collection Part 1
Auction: March 22, 09am EDT
Viewing: March 17-21, 10am-5pm

China/5000 Years
Online auction, March 16-29
Viewing: March 17-28, 10am-5pm

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Museum Exhibitions and Events
Asia Week New York March 2022

Asia Society:
Rebel, Jester, Mystic, Poet: Contemporary Persians — The Mohammed Afkhami Collection
•Video Spotlight: Araya Rasdjarmrearnsook
•Video Spotlight: Rahraw Omarzad
All the above through May 8, 2022

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Charles B. Wang Center, Stony Brook University:
Auspicious Dreams: Tribal Blankets from Southern China
March 9–May 31, 2022

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Japan Society:
Shikō Munakata: A Way of Seeing
On view through March 20th

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The Korea Society:
Wonju Seo: Travelogue
March 3-May 26, 2022

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The Metropolitan Museum of Art:
Contemporary Japanese Ceramics in Historical Context
Through April 10, 2022
Japan: A History of Style
Through April 24, 2022
Masters and Masterpieces: Chinese Art from the Florence and Herbert Irving Collection
Through June 5, 2022
Shell and Resin: Korean Mother-of-Pearl and Lacquer
Through July 5, 2022
Companions in Solitude: Reclusion and Communion in Chinese Art
Through August 14, 2022
Bodhisattvas of Wisdom, Compassion, and Power
Through October 3, 2022
Celebrating the Year of the Tiger
Through–January 2023

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The Rubin Museum of Art:
Gateway to Himalayan Art
Through June 4, 2023
Shrine Room Projects, Rohini Devasher/Palden Weinreb
Through October 30, 2023
Masterworks: A Journey Through Himalayan Art
Through January 8, 2024
Healing Practices: Stories from Himalayan Americans
March 18, 2022–January 16, 2023

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Tibet House US:
Roof of the World: Gems of the Guardianship Collection at the Tibet House Gallery
March 2-April 17, 2022

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Two Online Art Talks This Week

February 9, 2022

The Lokapala Offering Bowls to the Buddha, 2nd–3rd century, Gandhara, schist. Art Properties,
Avery Architectural & Fine Arts Library, Columbia University

Wallach Talks|Buddhist Art In and Out of Time
Wallach Art Gallery, Columbia University

Online lecture, Thursday, February 10, 6:30pm
Michelle C. Wang, Associate Professor, Department of Art and Art History, Georgetown University

This talk focuses on time as a critical dimension of Buddhist thought, practice, and devotee engagement with Buddhist icons and spaces. Beginning with selected objects from the exhibition What is the Use of Buddhist Art? and incorporating reflections on Buddhist sites in China, the talk will address how Buddhist icons and sites invite and express a broad range of temporal experiences and temporalities.

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Magnificent Design: Persian Influence in Textile Arts
Georgetown Persian Studies Program

Online panel discussion, Friday, February 11, 2pm

The Persian Studies Program begins the Spring 2022 semester in the Jalinous Lecture Series with the presentation that features a panel discussion by Fuchsia Hart, DPhil Candidate at The Khalili Research Center, Oriental Institute, University of Oxford; Dr. Nazanin Hedayat Munroe, Director of Textile Technology at CUNY/NYC College of Technology New York; and Dr. Nader Sayadi, A.W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. The conversation will be moderated by Carol Bier, Historian, Scholar, and Former Curator at the Textile Museum, Washington DC.

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