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Delhom Service League: High Tea, Glorious Manifestations of East and West

Mint Museum RANDOLPH

Tuesday, Feb 18


Admission: FREE

Join us for this monthly public program offered by the Delhom Service League, the ceramics affiliate of The Mint Museum. Speaker: Laurie Barnes, Curator of Chinese Art, Norton Museum of Art.

 High Tea: Glorious Manifestations East and West focuses on the fine art of tea in high society worldwide, particularly China, Korea, Japan, England, Germany, France, Russia, and America. It highlights the critical role played by Asia in shaping significant tea traditions. In each county, artists and connoisseurs devoted themselves to the creation and selection of works of art in the service of tea.

Throughout time and regardless of place, tea gatherings in high society stand as efforts on the part of the host/hostess to create a memorable experience underscoring some aspect of their erudition.

 About the Speaker:

 Laurie Barnes is Elizabeth B. McGraw Curator of Chinese Art at the Norton Museum of Art (2006-present). From 2006-2013, she has organized: over 35 thematic rotations in the Chinese galleries. Two traveling exhibitions have dealt with the impact of exported Asian ceramics: On the Silk Road and the High Seas: Chinese Ceramics Culture and Commerce (2011) and Silk Road to Clipper Ship: Trade, Changing Markets and East Asian Ceramics (2005). She is currently working another traveling exhibition: High Tea, Glorious Manifestations East and West, which will open at the Norton Museum of Art in February 2015.

 During Ms. Barnes' tenure at the Detroit Institute of Arts (1989-2005) she renovated the Asian galleries, creating one of the largest and most prominent Korean galleries in the Americas. 

Ms. Barnes is the only American scholar to specialize in Chinese imperial porcelain of the 1300s to 1500s. She contributed a chapter on the Yuan dynasty to the Yale University and Beijing Foreign Languages Press volume entitled Chinese Ceramics: From the Paleolithic Period through the Qing Dynasty (2010). In her long professional relationship the Jingdezhen Institute of Ceramic Archaeology in China, she raised funds for and headed the establishment of the first conservation laboratory at the site of the Chinese imperial kilns. She organized and translated research on some of their most important finds including an article in Orientations Magazine (September, 1995).

Above image:

China, Five dynasties- early Northern Song Dynasty, 10th - early 11th century

Yaozhou ware kiln at Huangbaozhen, Tongchuan county, Shannxi province

Norton Museum of Art , 2011.50a-b