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Noted scholar addresses Chinese art history

by Jeanne Baron

Sept. 13, 2011 | WMU News

Photo of Dr. Daisy Yiyou Wang.
KALAMAZOO--An expert in the history of collecting Chinese art in the United States will give a talk at Western Michigan University Thursday, Sept. 22.

Dr. Daisy Yiyou Wang will speak on "Mammon and the Muse: C.T. Loo and the Formation of the Chinese Art Collection at the Freer Gallery of Art, 1915-1951," at 5:30 p.m. in Room 2028 of Brown Hall. The lecture is open to the public free of charge.

Wang will present findings from her interdisciplinary investigation of art history, museology, political and economic history, and international relations based on the life trajectory of a leading art dealer and the institutional history of a leading art museum.

She is the Chinese art project specialist for the Smithsonian Institution's Freer Gallery of Art and the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery in Washington, D.C. Together, the galleries form the national museum of Asian art for the United States.

Wang heads a team of colleagues from 14 Smithsonian museums and offices as well as two dozen major Chinese museums. She received a 2011 Smithsonian Grand Challenges Award to foster further collaboration between the galleries and China.

A respected researcher and curator, she has had her work on art history and museology published internationally and has contributed her expertise to many exhibitions of contemporary and traditional Chinese art.

She earned a bachelor's degree in international law and affairs as well as a master's degree in English literature from the University of International Relations in Beijing and a doctoral degree in art history from Ohio University.

Wang's lecture is sponsored by WMU's Timothy Light Center for Chinese Studies. For more information, contact the center at or (269) 387-5890.