Sunday, January 21
Annual Meeting followed by
Traditional Chinese Gardens: a brief introduction
Jin Feng, retired Architectural Historian
This introduction to the art of traditional Chinese garden-making uses a few well-known examples in the city of Suzhou. Nine of Suzhou's famous gardens are part of UNESCO's World Heritage sites and are regarded as the finest embodiment of Chinese “Mountain and Water" garden design. Jin Feng reviews the cultural and historical background of the Chinese garden-making tradition and discusses some of the most recognized design principles of Chinese garden-making.
Sunday, February 25
“The Experience of a Lifetime”: James McNeill Whistler and the Beginning of Modern Art
Charlene G. Garfinkle, Ph.D.
In the first half of the nineteenth century, for a young artist to be successful in London or Paris, they have to conform to existing academic standards. Their financial and critical success is determined by the acceptance or rejection of their work at the academic exhibitions of the English Royal Academy and the French Salon. But this system is challenged at mid-century when artists such as James McNeill Whistler reject the reverence and traditions of the past and the existing academic system. Whistler’s innovations in and attitudes toward art can be seen in his break with the academic rules of accepted subject matter, composition, technique, and finish. With Whistler, the emphasis shifts to the role the artist plays in the creation of the art work itself through the artist’s own “experience of a lifetime”.