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International Symposium: Isamu Noguchi / Qi Baishi /Beijing 1930

In conjunction with the opening of the exhibition Isamu Noguchi and Qi Baishi: Beijing 1930, UMMA presented a one-day symposium on the significance and legacy of the creative relationship between the Japanese-American sculptor Isamu Noguchi and the Chinese ink painter Qi Baishi. As Noguchi’s Peking Drawings from this period dramatically demonstrate, this collaboration was far more complex and unpredictable than can be understood by the over-determined binary framework of Japonisme in Euro-America and the Westernization of culture in East Asia. The drawings are one striking manifestation of the broad range of encounters between different positions within and beyond modern Asian visual cultures that proliferated throughout the late nineteenth and twentieth centuries. This symposium brought together a group of scholars to explore a diverse range of inventions catalyzed by modern encounters such as that between Isamu Noguchi and Qi Baishi in Beijing in 1930.

Participants in the symposium included: David Clarke (University of Hong Kong), Bert Winther-Tamaki (University of California, Irvine), and Jo-Anne Birnie Danzker (Director of the Frye Art Museum).

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To view the entire Isamu Noguchi and Qi Baishi: Beijing 1930 International Symposium playlist, CLICK HERE. The exhibition will be on view from May 18 - September 1st, 2013.


Isamu Noguchi and Qi Baishi: Beijing 1930 is organized by the University of Michigan Museum of Art in collaboration with The Isamu Noguchi Foundation and Garden Museum, New York.

Lead support for this exhibition is provided by the Terra Foundation for American Art and the National Endowment for the Arts. Additional generous support is provided by the University of Michigan Center for Chinese Studies and Confucius Institute and the Blakemore Foundation.