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Past Event

Saturday University: Is a Chinese Garden a Collection?

Mar 30 2019

Seattle Art Museum

Plestcheeff Auditorium

10 AM – 11:30 AM

What Kind of Collection Is a Chinese Garden?
Jerome Silbergeld, Princeton University

The collective nature of the Chinese scholar's garden was determined by its microcosmic aspirations. What kind of a collection it was shaped by, the symbolism of its horticulture, and the adaptive character of its architecture. This lecture examines each of these factors, plus the aesthetic constraints of a scholarly culture distrustful of beauty and of collecting beautiful things but deeply attached to the written word.

About the Presenter

Jerome Silbergeld was Professor of Art History at the University of Washington before moving to Princeton University. There he served as P.Y. and Kinmay W. Tang Professor of Chinese Art History and director of Princeton’s Tang Center for East Asian Art. His books include Outside In: Chinese X American X Contemporary Art, China into Film: Frames of References in Contemporary Chinese Cinema, and Chinese Painting Style: Media, Methods, and Principles of Form. His edited volumes include The Zoomorphic Imagination in Chinese Art and Culture, coedited with Eugene Wang, and The Family Model in Chinese Art and Culture, coedited with Dora C.Y. Ching.

Please note: South Hall doors open at 9:30 am.


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Full series tickets: $53; SAM members $28
SAVE: winter and spring series: $120; SAM members $62
Individual lecture tickets available at the door: $11, SAM members $6; free at the door for students with ID
Please arrive to your seat 10 minutes before the program starts, or your seat may be released.
Photo: Jerome Silbergeld

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