Tag: Asian art

Report from the Edith O’Donnell Institute of Art History Research Center

Henri Matisse drawing with bamboo pole tipped with charcoal in his studio, Nice, France. Photo by Robert Capa





The Institute has an exciting array of programs for the spring semester. We will welcome an impressive list of guest presenters from important institutions across the country. From the Institute of Advanced Studies in Princeton, art historian Dr. Yve-Alain Bois will present his latest research on Henri Matisse’s adoption of the bamboo stick to draw his late stations of the cross, hosted by the Nasher Sculpture Center on March 27, 6:00 p.m. Our Visiting Research Professor Dr. Suzanne Preston Blier will give a public lecture on her book project on Picasso’s Demoiselles d’Avignon and his diverse sources of inspiration for the iconic work on April 5, 7:00 p.m. at the Dallas Museum of Art. Dr. Thomas Gaehtgens, Director of the Getty Research Institute, will discuss the impact of Gilded Age American collectors on Europe’s artistic patrimony from the perspective of the great German museum director Wilhelm von Bode on April 10, 7:30 p.m. at the DMA. Our graduate fellows will present their dissertation research throughout the semester, with topics ranging from early modern playbook title pages to new media race humor. The spring will culminate with Intersections: Visual Cultures of Islamic Cosmopolitanism, a collaboration between the O’Donnell Institute; the Islamic Art Revival Series, a program of the Texas Muslim Women’s Foundation; and the Agha Khan Council in Dallas. The symposium will be on May 4 – 5 at UT Dallas, the DMA, and Ismaili Jamatkhana Plano.


Our fifth vitrine exhibition, selected by DMA Curator Dr. Anne Bromberg, will be installed in late March. It will display a collection of Asian ceramics that correlate with Dr. Bromberg’s current exhibition, Asian Textiles: Art and Trade Along the Silk Road, which highlights the passage of luxury goods along the Silk Road between Asia, India, and Uzbekistan, among others. Be sure to spend time in the exhibition on Level 3 at the DMA before heading downstairs to see the ceramics on display in our vitrine.


We hope you can join us this spring at our many programs and look forward to the dialogues created by the new scholarship presented. Visit our website at https://utdallas.edu/arthistory/programs/ and plan your calendar!


Lauren LaRocca

Coordinator of Special Programs

The Edith O’Donnell Institute of Art History

Kimbell Art Museum Exhibitions and Lectures



From the Lands of Asia: The Sam and Myrna Myers Collection

March 4, 2018 to August 19, 2018

When Americans Samuel and Myrna Myers visited Paris in the mid-1960s, they became so enamored with the city that they decided to make their home there. This was where they built an extraordinary collection that until now has never be exhibited publicly. Over the course of more than 40 years, the Myers assembled some 5,000 works of art that, together, offer a very personal vision of the world of Asian art. This exhibition will present over 400 objects selected from this remarkable collection, with works representing key periods in the history of the art of China, Japan, Tibet, Mongolia, Korea and Vietnam.


Symposium and Lectures



From the Lands of Asia: The Sam and Myrna Myers Collection

SATURDAY, MARCH 3, 10 am–1 pm


A Quest for Asian Art: The Spirit of the Myers Collection, Jean-Paul Desroches, senior curator of the French National Patrimony

Radiant Stones: The Importance of Jade in Chinese Culture, Filippo Salviati, professor, department of Oriental studies, “La Sapienza” University, Rome

Chinese Silk: Conspicuous Consumption and Lucrative Trade, John E. Vollmer, independent scholar, New York

Stories for My Children and Grandchildren: A Conversation with Sam MyersModerated by Jean-Paul Desroches and Jennifer Casler Price


Wednesday Series: Art in Context

APRIL 4, 12:30 pm

Art and Diplomacy: The Sculptural Brilliance of Ancient Ife

Suzanne Preston Blier, Allen Whitehill Clowes Chair of Fine Arts and of African and African American Studies, Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts


Friday Evening Lecture

APRIL 6, 6 pm

Transcendent Specifics: Buddhist Arts of Tibet, Japan, Korea, and China

Katherine Anne Paul, curator, arts of Asia, Newark Museum, New Jersey


The Artist’s Eye

April 21, 11 am   Swang Lin, associate concertmaster, Ann Koonsman Chair, Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra


Wednesday Series: Art in Context

APRIL 25, 12:30 pm

Journey to Peru: The Wari, the Inca, and the Road to Machu Picchu

Jennifer Casler Price, curator for Asian and non-Western art, Kimbell Art Museum


Wednesday Series: Art in Context

MAy 9, 12:30 pm

Delacroix: Taking a Close Look

Peter Van de Moortel, assistant conservator of paintings, Kimbell Art Museum


Friday Evening Lecture

MAY 11, 6 pm

Shimmering Splendor, Woven Wealth: Silk in Imperial China and Beyond

Lee Talbot, curator, Eastern Hemisphere Collections, The George Washington University and The Textile Museum, Washington, DC


The Artist’s Eye

MAY 19, 11 am   Albert S. Komatsu, architect, Fort Worth