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Doris Sloan Memorial Program

Join us for a conversation offering insights about the current exhibition Isamu Noguchi and Qi Baishi: Beijing 1930 (on view at UMMA May 18 – September 1, 2013) and the lives and work of the two featured artists. The program will be followed by a reception, after which galleries will be open until 9:30 allowing guests to view the exhibition.

Isamu Noguchi and Qi Baishi: Beijing 1930 developed out of a gift to the UMMA collection over sixty years ago by the Japanese economist, author, and pacifist Sotokichi Katsuizumi – also an alumnus of the University of Michigan – who donated ten Qi Baishi paintings and one Noguchi drawing from the period (later known as Noguchi’s Peking Drawings) in 1949. The prior year UMMA had purchased forty-six works on paper by Noguchi, including two of the Peking Drawings. Working in partnership with The Noguchi Museum–for whom Qi Baishi has long been a subject of interest because of his influence on the development of Noguchi’s artistic practice UMMA Associate Curator of Asian Art Natsu Oyobe developed this groundbreaking exhibition, which is the first to explore more fully the impact of the relationship between the two artists.

UMMA Dialogue: Jenny Dixon, Director, The Isamu Noguchi Foundation and Garden Museum; Joseph Rosa, Director, UMMA; Natsu Oyobe, Associate Curator of Asian Art, UMMA, and exhibition curator

The Sloan Memorial Program is intended to illuminate subjects relating to UMMA’s outstanding collections, and honors one of the Museum’s most ardent friends and supporters, Doris Sloan, a longtime Museum docent. Established through the generosity of Dr. Herbert Sloan, the annual program is a tribute to Dr. and Mrs. Sloan’s shared passion for collecting art and fostering its appreciation.

Isamu Noguchi and Qi Baishi: Beijing 1930 is organized by the University of Michigan Museum of Art in collaboration with The Isamu Noguchi Foundation and Garden Museum, New York.

Lead support for the exhibition is provided by the Terra Foundation for American Art and the National Endowment for the Arts. Additional generous support is provided by the University of Michigan Center for Chinese Studies and Confucius Institute and the Blakemore Foundation.
Friday, 17 May, 2013
6:30 p.m.12 a.m.



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