Orchid Pavilion Gathering
Chinese Painting from
the University of Michigan Museum of Art
4December 22, 2002
Main and Octagonal Galleries
Friday, October 4, 5:00-5:30
In the Museum
Friday, October 4, 5:307:30 pm
In the Museum
Friday, October 4, 7-9 p.m.
conjunction with the Museum's First Friday reception
on October 4, the International Center
is sponsoring its First Friday featuring ART IN CHINA.
faculty presenting are: Professors John Israel (Aesthetics
in Contemporary China), Yunsheng Huang (Architecture
in Beijing), and Miao-fen Tseng (Formation of Chinese
Characters from the Natural World).
event is held at the International Residential College,
Emmet Street at Sprigg Lane, next to Alumni Hall, 7-9
pm. 5 minute walk from the Art Museum or park at the
Visitor's lot on Emmet Street. www.virginia.edu/iso/ic
members of the community are welcome to attend this
evening-long celebration of Chinese culture.
Lecture in the Arts of Asia
The Orchid Pavilion as Event, Artifact and Image
Dr. Robert E. Harrist, Jr., Jane and Leopold Swergold Professor
of Chinese Art History, Columbia University
Thursday, November 7, 5:30 p.m.
Campbell Hall 153
Shih-ning /Giuseppe Castiglione (Italian, 16881766)
attributed to Chinese, Ching dynasty, 16441911
Bird on a Bamboo Branch, 1688-1766
Folding fan on paper with an ink and color painting on one
side and a long poem in ink on the verso
14 7/8 x 24 1/4 inches
Collection of the University of Michigan Museum of Art
exhibition is accompanied by an extensive catalogue authored
by Dr. Wu, which illustrates and discusses in depth the
sixty works in the exhibition. The Orchid Pavilion Gathering:
Chinese Painting from the University of Michigan Museum
of Art was organized by the University of Michigan Museum
of Art. The exhibition and its publication are made possible
by Ford Motor Company. Presentation of the exhibition at
the University of Virginia Art Museum is supported with
a generous gift from Carol Angle and the Arts$ program.
painting is one of the most complex and profound of the arts
of China. Dr. Marshall Wu, curator of the exhibition, explains
that while painting traditionally has appealed to the educated,
it "is inextricably entwined with Chinese history, literature,
philosophy and religion." The outstanding collection
of Chinese painting at the University of Michigan Museum of
Art that Dr. Wu oversaw until his recent retirement provides
an overview of hanging scrolls and hand scrolls from the twelfth
century to the present, demonstrating the rich tradition and
evolution of painting in China. The strength of this collection
lies in the inclusion of rare works from the Ming and Ching
dynasties and the exploration of complex developments and
internal relationships of major schools and styles of these
The title, The Orchid Pavilion Gathering, is taken
from a famous episode in Chinese history. One of the most
enduring themes in Chinese painting, this legendary literary
event -- an early spring festive gathering by a group of scholars
during the Tsin dynasty (317419)-- is the subject of
an elegant hand scroll by the Ming dynasty (13681644)
painter Sheng Mao-yeh (active 15941640).
University of Virginia Art Museum is open
to the public without charge Tuesday through Sunday,
1 to 5 p.m. Limited parking is available for visitors
behind the museum.
For more information about the exhibition
or the University of Virginia Art Museum,
call (434) 924-3592.