U.Va. Art Museum to Offer Saturday Special Tours

January 04, 2010

January 4, 2010 — Guest curator Dorothy Wong will provide an overview of the University of Virginia Art Museum's exhibition "Treasures Rediscovered: Chinese Stone Sculpture from the Sackler Collections at Columbia University" on Jan. 16 from 2 to 3 p.m.

A specialist in Buddhist art of medieval China, Wong is associate professor of East Asian art at U.Va.

The exhibition, which will run from Jan. 16 through March 14, comprises 21 sculptures from one of the most notable collections of Chinese stone sculpture in the United States. The work includes steles, full figures and heads of divinities, as well as funerary objects from the Han (206 B.C.-A.D. 220) through the Tang (A.D. 617-907) dynasties.

Beginning in January, the U.Va. Art Museum will offer its Saturday Special Tours on the third Saturday of every month from 2 to 3 p.m. These tours offer the opportunity to join curators, scholars and docents as they explore a variety of focused topics related to museum collections and exhibitions.

On Feb. 20, Clarke Hudson, U.Va. assistant professor of religious studies, will lead another tour of the "Treasures Rediscovered" exhibition.

Saturday Special Tours are free, and space is limited. For information, or to register, call 434-243-2050 or e-mail museumoutreach@virginia.edu. The museum is located at 155 Rugby Road, one block from the Rotunda.

— By Jane Ford