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"A Long and Tumultuous Relationship"
East-West Interchanges in American Art

Morning Tours on Thursday, October 1

Symposium participants are invited to register for one of the following tours on a space-available basis. While no registration is required for the symposium lectures, advance registration is required for each of the following morning tours. Attendance for each tour is limited to a small group.

10:30 a.m.

Behind-the-scenes tour of the Freer/Sackler Galleries archives with archivists David Hogge and Rachael Woody. The galleries house a premier collection of Asian art and work by Whistler, Dewing, Tryon, and Thayer.
This tour is full.

11:00 a.m.

Presentation on the Archives of American Art's papers and documents on Asian American artists with Marisa Bourgoin, chief of reference services (Victor Building).

11:00 a.m.

Walking tour of Washington's Chinatown with local historian Alice Stewart, sponsored by the Chinatown Cultural Community Center (CCCC). This small enclave has a history dating back to the 1930s, and is currently undergoing a transformation due to commercial redevelopment.

11:30 a.m.

Preview tour of What's It's All Mean: William T. Wiley in Retrospect at the Smithsonian American Art Museum with artist William T. Wiley and senior curator Joann Moser. When he was a student at the San Francisco Art Institute in the late 1950s and early '60s, Wiley read Zen Flesh, Zen Bones by Paul Reps and D. T. Suzuki's Manual of Zen Buddhism, which influenced him throughout his career. He never studied Zen in a structured way, but many of its precepts were seminal for him, especially translations of Zen poetry and stories. Special attention will be paid to works in which references to Zen philosophy appear. The exhibition opens to the public October 2.

11:30 a.m.

Gallery talk on Nam June Paik by John Hanhardt, consulting senior curator of new media (American Art Museum). Attendees will view the museum's major Paik works, and hear about the recent gift of the Paik archives.

To participate, complete the online registration form.

For symposium information, please email AmericanArtSymposium[at] or telephone Amelia Goerlitz at +1 (202) 633-8353. Faxes may be sent to +1 (202) 633-8372.

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