Thursday, October 26
The transmission of Zen Buddhism from China introduced early medieval Japanese painters to an array of new ﬁgural subjects, some religious in nature and others ostensibly less so. Alongside sinicized devotional imagery came pictures of a host of ﬁgures from Chinese antiquity—praiseworthy monks, notable eccentrics, and celebrated literary heroes. Dr. Aaron Rio will examine the concurrent reception of these images in medieval Japan through an exploration of the dynamic interaction between pictures of Avalokiteshvara, the bodhisattva of compassion, and ancient Chinese poets. Dr. Rio is the Andrew W. Mellon Assistant Curator of Japanese and Korean Art at the Minneapolis Institute of Art.
Free for AAC members / $10 Museum members / $12 nonmembers / $8 students
Sponsored by the Asian Arts Council