Master Series: Renaissance Woman in Asia: Florance Waterbury and Her Gifts of Asian Art

Art - Lecture/Discussion

Thursday, May 18, 2017
6:00 PM-7:00 PM

Worcester Art Museum
Conference Room
55 Salisbury Street
Worcester, MA 01609
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Please join us for the Master Series lecture: “Renaissance Woman in Asia: Florance Waterbury and Her Gifts of Asian Art.” Our speaker is Vivian Li, Assistant Curator of Asian Art at the Worcester Art Museum. The lecture begins at 6pm in the Conference Room.

Painter, world traveler, collector, and noted Chinese art scholar describe the diverse roles and interests of Florance Waterbury. Rising to prominence with a 1922 one-woman show in New York as a still-life painter, many of which depicted Southeast and East Asian objects she collected during her travels, her fascination with Asia slowly transformed from its visual forms to its art historical study after WWII. She gifted art works to help form the Asian art collection at several major museums, including Worcester. This talk will focus on the intersection of the growing interest in Asia, women traveling to Asia, and the interface of modern art and Asian influences that resulted in the establishment of Asian art in American museums like the Worcester Art Museum.

ALSO: After the lecture, please join us for a reception celebrating the newly opened exhibition, John O’Reilly: A Studio Odyssey, in the PDP Gallery and the Renaissance Court.

This event is a part of WAM's Master Series of lectures about key works on view at the Worcester Art Museum. The galleries are open until 8pm; admission includes music, cash bar, and a cheese and cracker reception.

Image: Lady with a Red Box, Chinese, 18th century, Qing dynasty (1644-1912), silk, 180.6 x 83.2 cm (71 1/8 x 32 3/4 in.), Overall: 276.9 x 104.7 cm (109 x 41 1/4 in.), Gift of Miss Florance Waterbury, 1957.157

Cost: Free with Museum Admission. Free for college students with current / valid I.D.

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Suggested Audiences:Elders, Adult, College, High School, Middle School

Last Modified: May 18, 2017 at 9:15 AM

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