Thursday, December 25, 2014

A Day at Queens College, Queens, NY


On Monday, December 15, under the Professionals Campus program of Queens College I spent an afternoon with beginning art history students in Dr. Deborah Vischak's class. (The Manhattan skyline is a change since my graduate school days.)

 The day was organized by Lauren Cooper who visited the gallery back in July. She works with
Laurie Dorf, AVP for Institutional Advancement. Ms. Dorf introduced the program; Dr. Vischak moderated; colleague Rona Schneider also participated.

The event was held in Klapper Hall. It was great to be back there -- the scene of all those art history classes in the 1970s. At the Godwin-Ternbach Museum I visited the Daghlian Collection of Chinese Art with director Amy Winter. Ranging from hundreds of years before the Christian era through to the nineteenth century, the show focused on ceramics; included were pieces older than the county of China itself. In addition to plates and bowls, there were small models of yurts and chicken coops, perhaps for funerary purposes. In particular, pieces from the Song Dynasty (960-1279) reflected it’s “golden age” brilliance.