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Posted on Sunday, April 04, 2010
Asian Journeys + McMullen lectures (Boston)
by Yong Peng (ypong001(a)yahoo.com) [AUS:IP logged]

Asian Journeys explores the sociopolitical context for American collecting of Asian art in the post- World War II period with focus on the collecting practice of John D. Rockefeller 3rd (1906–1978) and his wife Blanchette Hooker Rockefeller (1909–1992). Founder of Asia Society and son of collectors John D. Rockefeller, Jr. and Abby Aldrich Rockefeller, John D. Rockefeller 3rd played an instrumental role in fostering cultural understanding and cooperation between Asia and America. From 1963 to 1978, art historian and director of the Cleveland Museum, Sherman E. Lee (1918–2008), served as an advisor to the Rockefellers’ collection. The relationship among them, explored in this exhibition, is an extraordinary example of the connections between art collecting and U.S.-Asia relations.


On April 26, at 4:30 p.m. in Devlin 101, Smith College Associate Professor of Religion Andy Rotman will speak on "Liberation through Images: Seeing the Buddha in Indian Art and Architecture." He will examine the changing depictions of Buddha, from his representation through bodhi tress and dharma wheels to his personification in sculpture and painting.

This lecture is sponsored by the Institute for the Liberal Arts, McMullen Museum of Art and Lowell Humanities Series.

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