Published: June 14, 2016
WINTERTHUR, DEL. — Arts and culture in the Americas developed historically important influences from Asia via Catholic religious orders, concludes Gauvin Alexander Bailey, Professor and Alfred & Isabel Bader Chair in Southern Baroque Art at Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario. Bailey will share his insights in The Role of Religious Orders in the Introduction of Asian Arts to the Americas, a lecture to be given Tuesday, June 21, in Winterthur, Museum, Garden & Library’s Copeland Hall.
It is part of the programming enhancing Winterthur’s major exhibition “Made in the Americas: The New World Discovers Asia.” The lecture begins at 6 pm and is $5 for members and $15 for nonmembers.
“The Sixteenth, Seventeenth, and Eighteenth Centuries offer a precursor to the globalization that we have today,” Bailey said. One example: the largest Asian object sent to the Americas is the bronze choir screen in Mexico City’s cathedral. It was designed in Mexico, produced in Macao by Chinese workers and assembled in Mexico, “like a shipment from Ikea.” Other examples include ivory hands and heads that were made in Asia and assembled on wooden statues in the Americas.
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