New Installation in the Asian Art Galleries On View through November 19, 2023

A gallery installation. Objects are presented on walls, on platforms, and in vitrines throughout the space. These include a green robe, displayed on an armature in the center foreground.

The Shen Family Gallery of Asian Art

Selections from the Asian art collection, including a Daoist priest’s robe from 17th-century China, another robe from 19th-century Kashmir, and two 17th-century Iranian tapestries, are on view in the second-floor galleries through November 19, 2023. In addition, Femininity and Its Forms features Iranian and Indian paintings depicting idealized, elegantly dressed, and bejeweled women, whether in intimate or public spaces. The subjects appear on their own, in groups, and, at times, with their lovers. Omnipresent: Tradition in Chinese Painting explores the endless allusions to earlier compositions and styles of brushwork in Chinese painting. As the installation demonstrates, the ability to imaginatively engage with earlier traditions is one of the standards by which Chinese artists have been judged for centuries. The dynamism inherent in individual brushstrokes is also central to Variety and Vibrancy in Japanese Calligraphic Art. The display highlights the multivalent position of writing—as a means of self-expression, as religious imagery, and as a method of communication—in Japanese paintings and woodblock prints.