The Good, the Bad and the Ugly: Stories Behind the IMA’s Asian Art Collection

Included with admission

The Toby

Wang Meng (Chinese, about 1308-1385), Retreat at the Foot of Mt. Hui, 1320-1385
Indianapolis Museum of Art, Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Eli Lilly, 60.50

Speaker Dr. James Robinson has had a broad and deep association with the Indianapolis Museum of Art for 35 years, beginning in 1979 as Assistant Curator of Oriental art. From 1984 to 2009 he was the Jane Weldon Myers Curator of Asian Art. In addition, from 2001 to 2004 he was Curatorial Division Chair for the IMA. Since 2009, he has been the Jane Weldon Myers Curator Emeritus. During his tenure as curator of Asian Art, Robinson managed the acquisition of two magnificent collections of paintings. The first was a collection of almost 80 paintings from the Japanese Edo period acquired in 2000. The second was a purchase in 2004 of Chinese paintings which complemented the existing Lilly collection.

Dr. Robinson holds a MA and PhD in Chinese art history from the University of Michigan. He has been the curator of numerous exhibitions and contributed articles to exhibition catalogues and journals.

Presented with the Asian Art Society.

Indianapolis Museum of Art 4000 Michigan Rd., Indianapolis, IN