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Bridging the Gap: The Meeting of Eastern and Western Art

Tuesday, January 26, 2016 - 6:00pm to 7:30pm
Reception to follow

Registration begins January 12 at 9 am.

Members $15 and Non-members $30.

Desk and bookcase, Puebla, Mexico, mid-18th century, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
Desk and bookcase, Puebla, Mexico, mid-18th century, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.

Bridging the Gap: The Meeting of Eastern and Western Art

Dennis Carr, Vivian Li, Rachel M. Saunders, Daisy Yiyou Wang, and moderator Kristel Smentek

Shifting trends in American taste, are in part, a product of cultural exchanges between the East and West over time. Examples of such exchanges include the journeys of Venetian painters to the Turkish court and the cultural conflicts of our world since 9/11. The meeting of Eastern and Western art is more than a synthesis, but a process in which civilizations stimulate and enrich each other. This panel will offer perspectives on Western and Asian artists’ influences from 17th through the 20th centuries and how the study of artistic interpretation has significantly influenced the aims and ideals of these artists.

Join us for this compelling panel featuring Dennis Carr, Carolyn and Peter Lynch Curator of Decorative Arts and Sculpture at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; Vivian Li, Asian Art Curator at the Worcester Art Museum (WAM); Rachel M. Saunders, Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Associate Curator of Asian Art in the Division of Asian and Mediterranean Art at the Harvard Art Museums; and Daisy Yiyou Wang, Curator of Chinese and East Asian art at the Peabody Essex Museum. The panel will be moderated by Kristel Smentek, associate professor of art history in the Department of Architecture at MIT.

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