Randolph-Macon College was recently awarded an ASIANetwork Luce Asian Arts Consultancy
Grant. Kathleen Ryor, director of Asian Studies at Carlton College, will conduct
R-MC’s consultation and assessment.
The primary purpose of the consultancy is to identify unique and outstanding examples
of Asian art on the campuses of ASIANetwork member schools. Images of the works
are to be incorporated into an online database, “Asian art and visual culture useful
in creating pedagogical materials.” The book Reading Asian Art and Artifacts: Windows
to Asia on American College Campuses was the product of Phase I of the
Randolph-Macon is the first institution to receive a consultancy award for Phase
II of the project. A roundtable discussion to share ideas about possible end products
of Phase II will take place at the ASIANetwork Annual Conference April 12-14, 2013
in Nashville, Tennessee.
R-MC has taken the first steps in an effort to provide the attention required to
care for objects in the college’s collection. With the help of the
McGraw-Page Library staff, publications once thought lost were located and
appropriately housed. Many of the documents will be available in digital format;
all will be available in
Special Collections later this semester. In addition, an online database
for the collection will be available for use in fall 2013.
On April 22, 2013 Ryor will lecture in Art History
Professor Evie Terrono’s Oriental Art
course. Ryor will address the complex and complicated politics in Yuan China; the
interaction between Chinese subjects and their Mongol occupants; and the opposition
to the occupation through Chinese literati art and the hybridity of forms in porcelain
production and architecture.