“The Wildly Colorful Ink Paintings of Lo Ch’ing”

Visual Arts
Lecture with Alfreda Murck
Wednesday, March 7, 2018, 4 p.m.
Room 132, Performing Arts and Humanities Building

Alfreda Murck, author of Poetry and Painting in Song China, The Subtle Art of Dissent and previous Associate Curator of Asian Art at The Metropolitan Museum of Art will present a lecture on the work of Lo Ch’ing, the poet-painter. The lecture places the artist in the context of the millennia-long tradition of Chinese landscape painting and coincides with the CADVC exhibition, The Poet’s Brush: Chinese Ink Paintings by Lo Ch’ingConnie Rosemont will introduce Dr. Murck, the CADVC’s project, and her involvement with the Lo Ch’ing interview for the exhibition catalog.

Alfreda Murck is a historian of Chinese visual culture. She relocated last year to New York after living seventeen years in Beijing. In China, she was a consultant to the Palace Museum in the Forbidden City and a researcher at their Painting and Calligraphy Research Center. She taught graduate students at the Central Academy of Fine Arts and Peking University. Major exhibitions to which she contributed include The Three Emperors, 1662-1795 at the Royal Academy, London, Eccentric Visions: The Worlds of Luo Ping (1733-1799) at the Museum Reitberg, Zurich, and the Metropolitan Museum; and Mao’s Golden Mangoes and the Cultural Revolution, also at The Museum Rietberg. This fall Mao’s Golden Mangoes is being shown at The China Institute, New York. She is the author of Poetry and Painting in Song China: The Subtle Art of Dissent (Harvard, 2000) and has published numerous articles in English and Chinese on China’s visual arts and poetry. In Beijing, Dr. Murck formed a collection of 20th century vernacular Chinese teapots now in the British Museum and a collection of printed cotton quilt covers dating from 1959 to the early 1980s now in the Peabody Essex Museum, Salem. Prior to living in Asia, Alfreda was Associate Curator of Asian Art at The Metropolitan Museum. She received her Ph.D. from Princeton University.

Connie Rosemont is a senior consultant with Museum Search & Reference, an executive search firm that fills curatorial and senior leadership positions at cultural organizations nationwide.  In 2016, she interviewed artist Lo Ch’ing extensively and a condensed version of that interview appears in the exhibition catalogue for Lo Ch’ing: A Contemporary Poet-Painter.  Connie holds an MA in Chinese literature from Johns Hopkins University and is based in Washington, DC.


Admission to the lecture is free and open to the public.

The Center for Art, Design and Visual Culture, where the work of Lo Ch’ing is on view, is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and is located in the Fine Arts Building. For more information call 410-455-3188.

Click here for directions and parking information.


Image: Lo Ch’ing, Here comes the iceburg II, 2015. Ink on paper, 70.5 x 38 in. Image courtesy of the artist.

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