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January 2021

Virtual: Clouding: Shape and Sign in Asian Art

January 20, 2021 - February 13, 2022
Ackland Art Museum, 101 S. Columbia St.
Chapel Hill, NC 27514 United States

From January 20, 2021-February 13, 2022, the Ackland Art Museum will be exhibiting a year-long installation that explores the diverse forms and functions of clouds in the arts of Asia. This exhibition will juxtapose works of art in different media and from different time periods spanning the Bronze Age to the present. Clouds have long held a significant place in human imagination and thought. Clouds elude straightforward perceptual and symbolic identification. The diversity of forms of clouds in Asian arts…

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December 2021

Can Art Prevent War? A Discussion about the Power of Cultural Diplomacy

December 1 at 7:00 pm - 8:15 pm

At this free virtual panel, Ackland director Katie Ziglar speaks with Vice Chancellor for Global Affairs and former diplomat Barbara Stephenson about the power of cultural diplomacy, meditating on the provocative question, “Can Art Prevent War?” Questions about the power of art in global affairs come implicit with the display of nearly seventy objects on view in the Museum’s current exhibition Buddha and Shiva, Lotus and Dragon: Masterworks from the Mr. and Mrs. John D. Rockefeller 3rd Collection at Asia Society.…

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Jane Austen & Co. Presents ‘From Xo Ho to Mi Li: Horace Walpole and China’ with Peter Sabor

December 16 at 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm

Jane Austen & Co. presents the third event in the “Asia & the Regency” series. Among the many eighteenth-century European authors who took an interest in China without crossing or approaching its borders was Horace Walpole. The furthest east that he ever travelled was to Naples, during his Grand Tour of Europe in 1739-41. He did, however, begin reading about China from an early age. In 1735, as an eighteen-year-old undergraduate at King’s College, Cambridge, he acquired the opulent, four-volume…

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