Literati Gardens in Ming Paintings Ann Wetherell March 6, 2010/ May 9, 2020 (encore presentation)
Join First Saturday PDX as Dr. Ann Wetherell explicates one of the inscriptions over the Moon Gate, “Read the Landscape,” or “Read the Painting,” as she discusses the relationship between Chinese paintings and gardens. A Chinese scroll literally takes the view on a stimulating journey. Mountain and water are just two examples of iconic depictions, fully appreciated by the audience. The scroll is a metaphor for a spiritual journey, as is the viewer’s journey through a garden.
About the speaker: A specialist in Chinese art, Dr. Wetherell earned her doctoral degree from the University of Oregon, writing her doctoral dissertation on the symbolism of birds in paintings and poetry by Ming dynasty artist Shen Zhou. She has taught Asian and Western art history at Pacific University, Portland State University, and University of Oregon. Dr. Wetherell is currently a visiting assistant professor of art history at Willamette University, where she teaches classes on the art and architecture of India, China, and Japan.
Our educational program series has been developed in collaboration with PSU’s Institute for Asian Studies, and is free and open to the public. First Saturday PDX current full season schedule and descriptions available HERE.