Fan Jeremy Zhang, curator of Asian Art at the Ringling Museum of Art, will present the Department of History of Art Alumni Lecture entitled “Chinese Funerary Art in its Cultural and Architectural Context” on Thursday, October 9, at 4 pm in Cohen 203. The lecture and gallery tour is in conjunction with the student-curated exhibition From Tomb to Temple: Unearthing Ancient China through the Vanderbilt University Art Collection on view in the Fine Arts Gallery through Sunday, October 12.
Zhang earned a master’s degree in art history from Vanderbilt in 2003. His thesis, “Reading Murals in the Eastern Mausoleum: The Qidan Construction of Ethnic Identity,” was done under the direction of Tracy Miller, associate professor of history of art. Trained as an archaeologist in his native China, he received a Ph.D. in art history from Brown University and worked at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the RISD Museum of Art, and the Smith College Museum of Art. Zhang moved to Sarasota, Florida, about a year ago to develop the Ringling’s new Helga Wall-Apelt Center for Asian Art, which will open in 2015.
The lecture and exhibition is free and open to the public. The Fine Arts Gallery is housed in Cohen Memorial Hall, 1220 21st Avenue South on the western edge of the Peabody campus. Parking is available in Lot 95 outside Cohen Hall, off 21st Avenue South on the Peabody campus and across from Medical Center East. Gallery hours are Monday through Friday from 11 am to 4 pm, and weekends from 1 to 5 pm.