U.Va. Art Museum Offers Two Ellen Bayard Weedon Lectures in the Arts of Asia in November

October 17, 2006

Oct. 17, 2006 -- Each year the University of Virginia Art Museum presents four lectures on the arts of Asia, made possible by a generous grant from the Ellen Bayard Weedon Foundation. This year, because of construction in Campbell Hall, the lectures will be held in the museum, located at 155 Rugby Road, across from Madison Bowl. Parking is available in the reserved museum parking area on Bayly Drive off Rugby Road (on the right). Additional parking is available after 5 p.m. in the A6 lot, next to Madison Bowl, and the Culbreth Theater lot. The lectures are free and open to the public.

On Thursday, Nov. 2, at 5:30 p.m., Deborah Klimburg-Salter, University Professor of Asian Art History at the University of Vienna, Austria, will speak on the provocative topic “Is There a Tibetan Art History?”

Klimburg-Salter also will lead a roundtable discussion on the goals and methods of conducting fieldwork in the area of Tibetan studies on Friday, Nov. 3, at 3 p.m. in Cabell Hall, Room 311. Her visit is cosponsored by the University’s East Asia Center and the religious studies department.

Director of the Cultural History of the Western Himalayas at the University of Vienna, Klimburg-Salter received her bachelor’s degree from Boston University; her master’s in art history from the University of Michigan, with a focus on Islamic and pre-Islamic art; and her doctorate in Indian and Islamic art from Harvard University.  She is a member of the UNESCO International Coordination Committee for the Safeguarding of Afghanistan’s Cultural Heritage and a guest curator of the Tibetan Collection at the Museo Nazionale dell’Arte Orientale, Rome, Italy. She is the author of four books, including “The Kingdom of Bamiyan: The Buddhist Art and Culture of the Hindu Kush” (1989) and “Tabo, a Lamp for the Kingdom” (1997-98).

On Friday, Nov. 17, at 5:30 p.m., Xiaoze Xie and Dan Mills, the two curators of the special exhibition “Regeneration: Contemporary Chinese Art from China and the U.S.” will present a gallery talk in the museum.

Born in 1966 in Guangdong Province, Xiaoze Xie received his bachelor’s degree in architecture from Tsinghua University, Beijing; his master’s from Central Academy of Arts and Design, Beijing; and his master of fine arts from the School of Visual Arts, University of North Texas. He is assistant professor of art at Bucknell University as well as an artist represented in the exhibition and exhibition co-curator. His work has been shown at the Charles Cowles Gallery in New York, the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art in Arizona and the Butler Gallery in Houston, Texas, among other locations.

Director of the Samek Art Gallery at Bucknell University, Dan Mills received his bachelor of fine arts from Rochester Institute of Technology and his master of fine arts from Northern Illinois University. Prior to his present position he was director of the Gibson Gallery at SUNY Potsdam and an artist, independent curator and curator of First National Bank of Chicago. He has organized more than 50 solo and thematic group exhibitions in a range of media and organized numerous traveling exhibitions including “Regeneration. ” A practicing artist, he is an adjunct faculty member at Bucknell University in the Department of Art and Art History.

For more information call (434) 924-3592 or visit www.virginia.edu/artmuseum.