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16th Annual Sammy Yukuan Lee Lecture on Chinese Archaeology and Art

16th Annual Sammy Yukuan Lee Lecture on Chinese Archaeology and Art

You are invited to attend a public lecture by Raoul Birnbaum on "special Buddhist monks" and how they have been represented in Chinese art.

By Leslie Evans

Learn more about the 16th Annual Sammy Lee Lecture to be held Saturday, November 1, 2003.

The series, now in its 20th year, began in 1982 with a donation from the Lee family, in honor of Sammy Yukuan Lee’s 80th birthday. Sammy Yukuan Lee, now 100, is a distinguished collector and authority on Chinese art, particularly lacquers, textiles, and ceramics.

Following is a listing of the full series since its inception.

Lecture number:

  1. Copper Mining in Ancient China: Recent Excavations at Tonglushan—Dr. Xia Nai, Director, Institute of Archaeology, Beijing; and Mr. Yin Weizhang, Archaeologist, Institute of Archaeology, Beijing. September 25, 1982. This opening lecture was attended by an eleven-member official delegation from the People’s Republic of China composed of archaeologists, museum directors, professors, and researchers.
  2. The Emperor’s New Clothes: Reconstructing Seventeenth Century Qing Dynasty Wardrobe—Dr. John E. Vollmer, Associate Curator of the textile department, Royal Ontario Museum. November 5, 1983.
  3. Carved Lacquor of the Song Dynasty—Dr. Yasuhiro Nishioka, Curator of Lacquer, Tokyo National Museum. May 19, 1984.
  4. Nanyue and Wuyue Cultures: Ancient Cultures on Coastal China and The State of Archaeology in China
    Huang Jinglue, Archaeologist and Administrator, Bureau of Museums and Archaeological Data, Beijing;
    Huang Zhanyue, Archaeologist and Editor of Acta Archaeologica Sinica, Institute of Archaeology, Beijing;
    Mai Yinghao, Archaeologist and Curator, Guangzhou City Museum, Guangzhou; Shang Zhitan, Archaeologist and Associate Professor, Zhongshan University, Guangzhou. March 20, 1986.
  5. Some Chinese Bronze Mirrors: Visions of Paradise—Michael Loewe, Professor of Oriental Studies at Cambridge University. March 28, 1987.
  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.
  7. Images of Women in Chinese Art—Ellen Johnston Laing, Research Associate, Center for Chinese Studies, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. October 16, 1993.
  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.
  9. Art of the Ming Dynasty in the Temples of Shanxi Province—Marsha Weidner, University of Kansas. October 19, 1996.
  10. Refashioning Marriage in Song China—Martin J. Powers, Department of the History of Art, Univeristy of Michigan, Ann Arbor. October 25, 1997.
  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.
  12. Snake, Stupa, and Sunset: The Making of a Chinese Landscape View Over a Millennium—Eugene Y. Wang, Harvard University. October 23, 1999.
  13. The Pictorialization of Paradise in Medieval Chinese Buddhist Art---Ning Qiang, Department of the History of Art, University of Michigan. October 21, 2000.
  14. Ancient Bronzes from China's Sichuan Province---Jay Xu, Foster Foundation Associate Curator of Chinese Art, Seattle Art Museum. October 27, 2001.
  15. Daoist Arts of the Ming Court---Stephen Little, Director Designate of the Honolulu Academy of the Arts, October 26, 2002.
  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.

The lecture series was originally sponsored by the UCLA China Exchange Program, and later by the Center for Pacific Rim Studies. It moved to the Asia Institute in 2000.

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