The Annual Nelson I. Wu Memorial Lecture on Asian Art and Culture, co-sponsored by the University and the Saint Louis Art Museum, offers a talk each fall by an internationally renowned specialist in the field, as well as related events and activities at both the museum and the University. All events are free and open to the public.
Wu, a specialist in Chinese painting, was an internationally known scholar of Asian art and architecture who taught for nearly 20 years at the University, a tenure in which he was pivotal in the promotion of Asian art in the St. Louis community, including the founding of the Asian Art Society. He is known in Chinese communities throughout the world by his pen name, Lu Chiao, and is revered for his magical short stories and fiction.
The 17th Annual, October 30, 2014
"Painter and Atelier in Early Modern Japan"
Matthew McKelway, Columbia University
The 16th Annual, October 10, 2013
"Collecting Kashmir: Buddhist Art in the Western Himalayas & St. Louis"
Robert Linrothe, Northwestern University
The 15th Annual, October 4, 2012
"Soga Shohaku, the Wanderer of Heian"
Yukio Lippit, Harvard University
The 14th Annual, October 6, 2011
"Tradition and Socialism: Art and Archaeology in North Korea"
Jane Portal, Matsutaro Shoriki Chair, Art of Asia, Oceania, and Africa, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
The 13th Annual, October 7, 2010
"From Six Rods to Hemp Generals: The Inescapable Attraction of Games in Chinese Culture, ca. 600 BCE - ca. 1920"
Colin C. Mackenzie, The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art
The 12th Annual, October 1, 2009
"The Sensuous & the Sacred in the Art of India"
Vidya Dehejia, Columbia University
The 11th Annual, September 25, 2008
"The Instability of Art: Architecture, Ornament, and an Island in Momoyama Japan"
Andrew Watsky, Princeton University
The 10th Annual, November 1, 2007
"From Suzhou to Sichuan: Cultural Memory and Regional Pride in China's Western Gardens"
Jerome Silbergeld, Princeton University
The 9th Annual, November 2, 2006
"Horyu-ji Temple: Establishing Chinese-Style Architecture in Japan"
Nancy Steinhardt, University of Pennsylvania
The 8th Annual, October 19, 2005
"Why Chinese Contemporary Art"
Lu Jie, Long March Foundation
The 7th Annual, October 19, 2004
"Tethered Dreams of a Floating World: The Kansei Reforms and Artistic Censorship"
Timothy Clark, British Museum, London
The 6th Annual, October 23, 2003
"The Musical Archaeology of Ancient China: A Presentation of Art and Music"
Lothar von Falkenhausen, University of California, Los Angles
The 5th Annual, October 24, 2002
"Seeking the Self Amid Mountains and Waters: China’s Human Landscape"
Maxwell K. Hearn, Metropolitan Museum of Art
The 4th Annual, November 8, 2001
"Ceramics of the Koryo Dynasty"
Robert D. Mowry, Harvard University Art Museums
The 3rd Annual, October 26, 2000
"Kazari: Dynamic Design in Japan"
Nicole Coolidge Rousamaniere, Sainsbury Institute for the Study of Japanese Arts and Cultures in Great Britain
The 2nd Annual, October 21, 1999
"The Emperor's Choices: Painting in India in the Early 17th Century"
Milo Beach, Sackler and Freer Galleries
The inaugural lecture, October 29, 1998
"Shadows and Gestures: European Images in the Visual Culture of Late Ming China"
Richard Barnhart, Yale University