In Person

Curator’s Lecture: Flowers on a River

March 23, 2023
6:30 - 8:00 PM EDT

This first Curator’s Lecture after three years of the pandemic will accompany the opening of China Institute Gallery’s special exhibition “Flowers on a River: The Art of Flower-and-Bird Painting, 1368-1911, Masterworks from Tianjin Museum and Changzhou Museum.” This is the first major loan exhibition from China to the United States since the beginning of the pandemic.

The evening will begin with a talk by Willow Weilan Hai, Lead Curator of the Exhibition, Senior Vice President of China Institute, Director and Chief Curator of China Institute Gallery, who will address the question “Why Flower-and-Bird Painting?” She will give her thoughts as a curator on this topic and then explain her organization of the exhibition into three sections: “Precious Plums of the Palace: Academicism and Court Painters,” “Fragrant Plums in the Wild: The Literati and their Painting Schools,” and “Vitality of Nature: Flower-and-Bird Painting and Customs.” Her presentation will be followed by Director Lin Jian of the Changzhou Museum, Guest Co-curator of the exhibition, who will introduce Yun Shouping, the foremost painter of the Changzhou School (with English translation). The concluding presentation will be by Dr. David Ake Sensabaugh, the Former Ruth and Bruce Dayton Curator of Asian Art at the Yale University Art Gallery and Guest Co-curator of the exhibition. He will speak to the history of flower-and-bird painting and the place of Ming and Qing dynasty painting in that history.

$15 for general, $10 for Members, Free for exhibition sponsors

Please bring a photo ID to enter

For more information or questions, please contact (212) 744-8181 ext.117, or

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