Our popular Zoom/virtual gatherings, Director and Collector Fridays, continue at 10 a.m. on April 15th with the presentation by Tita Hyland. Tita holds a Ph.D. in the History of Chinese Art. She has taught the history of Asian art at several universities, retiring in 2015 from Trinity College.
Additionally, she worked in the Painting and Calligraphy Department at the National Palace Museum, Taiwan; was the Curator of Asian Art at The Museum of Fine Arts in Houston; and has organized numerous exhibitions, published many articles and catalogues, and lectured extensively on Asian art. In addition, Tita is the curator for Asian Treasures from the Billings Collection which opens at the Nantucket Historical Association in May.
Tita’s presentation will focus on the Japanese Edo Period (1603-1868) when Japan was ruled by the Tokugawa shoguns, and the Emperor resided in Kyoto and wielded minimal power. The shoguns’ rule brought peace and prosperity and Japanese arts flourished. Painters were inspired by the themes of early Japanese tales, Chinese calligraphy, illustrated Chinese poems like the Peach Blossom Spring, as well as famous Chinese mountains like Mount Lu or birds like a white heron amongst auspicious lotus plants. Ukiyo-e, literally ‘pictures of the floating world’ depict elegantly dressed courtesans who plied their trade in the pleasure quarters of Edo (present day Tokyo) and Kyoto.
We invite all Dames, active collectors or not, to tune in to these zoom events to see what others are interested in. We hope that those who are collectors will share their passion with us. Not only is it fun to see what other members do, but it is also a chance to see old friends and to make new ones.
These chats are held on Zoom. The link for the Friday, April 15 talk will be sent out a day or two before. If you need help getting on Zoom please let us know.
The entire program will take about an hour. If you would be interested in sharing your passion and your treasures
with other Dames, please contact Nancy MacColl at [email protected] or Linda Mead at [email protected].
The video of this presentation will be posted to the Dames’ private YouTube channel. These are private collections and we ask that you not share the link without the express permission of the collector.