2012 Sammy Yukuan Lee Lecture on Chinese Archaeology and Art

Robert D. Mowry, the Alan J. Dworsky Curator of Chinese Art and Head of the Department of Asian Art at the Harvard Art Museums, and a Senior Lecturer on Chinese and Korean Art in Harvard’s Department of the History of Art and Architecture, will give the 25th Sammy Yukuan Lee Lecture on Chinese Archaeology and Art.

Saturday, November 03, 2012
2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
Lenart Auditorium, UCLA Fowler Museum

From Mementos to Masterpieces: The Chinese Collections of the Harvard Art Museums

Harvard was the first university in the United States to offer courses in Asian art. First taught in the 1920s by Langdon Warner (1881–1955), a lecturer in Harvard’s Department of Fine Arts and the Fogg Art Museum’s first Curator of Oriental Art, those early courses focused on the arts of the Silk Route and on Chinese and Japanese Buddhist art, particularly sculpture. Edward Waldo Forbes (1873–1969), an early director, and Paul J. Sachs (1878–1965), Forbes’ long-time associate director, transformed the Fogg from a fledging college museum with modest holdings of European prints and plaster copies of classical Greek and Roman sculptures into a major museum with comprehensive holdings of world art. During more than forty years, Langdon Warner, as founding curator, oversaw the growth of the Asian collections from a meager array of Japanese prints and Satsuma ceramics to world-class holdings of Chinese and Japanese art. Over the decades and under the direction of successive curators, the museum collections grew in tandem with expanded course offerings in the Department of Fine Arts (now the Department of the History of Art and Architecture), so that the Harvard Art Museums’ Chinese collections now rank among the very best in the U.S., with world-class holdings of ceramics, Buddhist sculpture, and ancient bronzes and jades. This illustrated slide lecture will introduce the museums’ collection of Chinese art, trace its evolution and development over the past 100 years, and make clear the historically close ties between the museum and the art history department.

The favor of your RSVP is requested.

Parking on the UCLA campus is $11. Enter UCLA from Sunset Blvd. at Westwood Plaza. Parking attendants will direct you to Lot 4. There is an elevator at the southeast end of Lot 4 and a stairwell at the northeast end, closest to the museum.

The lecture and museum admission are free and open to the public.

A reception with refreshments will follow the talk.

For directions or more information, please call (310) 825-8839 or email: china@international.ucla.edu


First presented in 1982 in celebration of his 80th birthday, the Sammy Yukuan Lee Lecture Series on Chinese Art and Archaeology honors the life and philanthropy of respected businessman, art collector, and Chinese art authority, Sammy Yukuan Lee. This series is presented annually by the UCLA Center for Chinese Studies with support from the Sammy Yukuan Lee Foundation, and in partnership with the UCLA Fowler Museum of Cultural History.

Past lectures in the series

24. Maritime Beijing: Oceans and Empire in the Monuments of the Capital
Jonathan Hay, Alisa Mellon Bruce Professor of Fine Arts, New York University
 , ,November 5, 2011

23. Anyang Archaeology in the 21st Century: New Perspectives in the Search for the Shang Civilization
Tang Jigen, Archaeologist, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences
November 6, 2010

22. The Buddhist  Arts of Tea in Medieval China
James A. Benn, Associate Professor of Buddhism and East Asian Religions, McMaster University
November 7, 2009

21. Burning the Books and Killing the Scholars: Representing the Atrocities of the First Emperor of China
Anthony Barbieri-Low, Assistant Professor, University of California, Santa Barbara
November 1, 2008

20. Forty-eight Buddhas of Measureless Life: Court Eunuch Patronage at the Sculpture Grottoes of Longmen
Amy McNair, Professor of Art History, University of Kansas
November 3, 2007

19. Poet Prince and River Nymph: The Luoshenfu in Verse and Painting
Roderick Whitfield, Percival David Emeritus Professor of Chinese & East Asian Art, School of Oriental and African Studies
November 4, 2006

18. Recarving China's Past: "Wu Family Shrines" and the Story of the Stones
Cary Y. Liu, Curator of Asian Art, Princeton University Art Museum.
November 5, 2005.

17. Yuanmingyuan: The Garden of Perfect Brightness - a Mirror for the Last Dynasty of China
Che Bing Chiu, Researcher at the Centre de recherche sur l'Extr¨ºme-Orient de Paris-Sorbonne.
November 6, 2004.

16. Long-haired Monks? A Portrait of Two Chinese Buddhist Masters and its Many Contexts
Raoul Birnbaum, Patricia and Rowland Rebele Chair in History of Art and Visual Culture, UC Santa Cruz.
November 1, 2003.

15. Daoist Arts of the Ming Court
Stephen Little, Director Designate of the Honolulu Academy of the Arts.
October 26, 2002.

14. Ancient Bronzes from China's Sichuan Province
Jay Xu, Foster Foundation Associate Curator of Chinese Art, Seattle Art Museum.
October 27, 2001.

13. The Pictorialization of Paradise in Medieval Chinese Buddhist Art
Ning Qiang, Department of the History of Art, University of Michigan.
October 21, 2000.

12. Snake, Stupa, and Sunset: The Making of a Chinese Landscape View Over a Millennium
Eugene Y. Wang, Harvard University.
October 23, 1999.

11. Extraordinary Luxuries in Gold and Jade: The Impact of Western Asia and the Steppe Area on the Imperial Court of the Han Period (206 BC - AD 200)
Jessica Rawson, Warden, Merton College, Oxford University.
October 10, 1998.

10. Refashioning Marriage in Song China
Martin J. Powers, Department of the History of Art, Univeristy of Michigan, Ann Arbor.
October 25, 1997.

9. Art of the Ming Dynasty in the Temples of Shanxi Province
Marsha Weidner, University of Kansas.
October 19, 1996.

8. Sunken Treasures: Underwater Archaeology in China
Yu Weichao, Beijing; Zhang Wei, Beijing; Zhou Chongfa, Wuhan; Tsang Cheng-Hwa, Taipei; Huang Yung-Ch'uan, Taipei; Liu Benan, Byran, U.S.; Porter Hoagland, Woods Hole, U.S.; Chou Hung-Hsiang, UCLA.
October 14, 1995.

7. Images of Women in Chinese Art
Ellen Johnston Laing, Research Associate, Center for Chinese Studies, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.
October 16, 1993.

6. Talking Pictures: The Story of the Wu Liang Shrine
Wu Hung, John L. Loeb Associate Professor of the Humanities, Harvard University.
December 5, 1992.

5. Some Chinese Bronze Mirrors: Visions of Paradise
Michael Loewe, Professor of Oriental Studies at Cambridge University.
March 28, 1987.

4. Nanyue and Wuyue Cultures: Ancient Cultures on Coastal China and The State of Archaeology in China
Huang Jinglue, Bureau of Museums and Archaeological Data, Beijing; Huang Zhanyue, Institute of Archaeology, Beijing; Mai Yinghao, Guangzhou City Museum, Guangzhou; Shang Zhitan, Zhongshan University, Guangzhou.
March 20, 1986.

3. Carved Lacquer of the Song Dynasty
Yasuhiro Nishioka, Curator of Lacquer, Tokyo National Museum.
May 19, 1984

2. The Emperor’s New Clothes: Reconstructing Seventeenth Century Qing Dynasty Wardrobe
John E. Vollmer, Associate Curator of the textile department, Royal Ontario Museum.
November 5, 1983.

1. Copper Mining in Ancient China: Recent Excavations at Tonglushan
Xia Nai, Director, Institute of Archaeology, Beijing; and Mr. Yin Weizhang, Archaeologist, Institute of Archaeology, Beijing.
September 25, 1982. 



Sponsor(s): Center for Chinese Studies