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Lobed mirror with a dragon and clouds, Tang dynasty, 7th-10th century AD

At Work with Artwork Discussion Series to Feature Jan Stuart

February 3, 2015

The next “At Work with Artwork” discussion will feature Jan Stuart, the Melvin R. Seiden Curator of Chinese Art at the Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery in Washington, D.C. At the Freer/Sackler, Stuart oversees the collection of Chinese decorative arts, one of the finest outside of China. The collection contains more than ten thousand objects dating from Neolithic times to the present, covering nearly every medium and category of Chinese art.

From 2006 to 2014, Stuart led the British Museum’s Asia Section, supervising a staff of curators, technicians, administrators, and research specialists; she oversaw a collection of 125,000 objects, ranging from prehistoric to contemporary. During her tenure the museum created two new Asian galleries—including the Sir Joseph Hotung Centre for Ceramic Studies, which houses the celebrated Sir Percival David Collection of Chinese art—and updated a third. She also supervised and contributed to a number of exhibitions, including The First Emperor: China’s Terracotta Army, Xu Bing: Background Story, Shunga: Sex and Pleasure in Japanese Art, and Ming: 50 Years That Changed China.

In her previous tenure as curator of Chinese art at the Freer and Sackler galleries from 1988 to 2006, Stuart was instrumental in bringing greater attention to the fields of Buddhist sculpture, Chinese portraits and court paintings, and the later decorative arts of China through her research, original publications, and thought-provoking exhibitions and catalogues.

Stuart has advanced degrees in Chinese art and archaeology and East Asian studies from Princeton and Yale, and is fluent in Mandarin. She has been a consultant, partner, jury member, and producer for a wide range of international educational and curatorial initiatives, including art fairs, films, and conservation projects.

Join us on February 27, 2015, at 4:45 in 105 Chancellor Green for a discussion with Jan Stuart.