The Orient Expressed: Baylor's Allbritton Art Institute Will Present Lecture on Japan's Influence on Western Art

Nov. 14, 2011

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"The Orient Expressed: Japan's Influence on Western Art, 1854-1918" will be the topic of a lecture by Dr. Gabriel Weisberg, professor of art history at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis and St. Paul, Minn., at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 15, in Room 149 of the Hooper-Schaefer Fine Arts Center on the Baylor University campus.

The event, which is free and open to the public, is the annual Allbritton Art Lecture presented by the Allbritton Art Institute at Baylor. Seating is limited.

Weisberg, curator of "The Orient Expressed" exhibition at the Koogler McNay Art Museum in San Antonio, specializes in 19th and early 20th century European Art, as well as the history of graphic art, design history and visual culture in France and Europe from 1780 to 1920. He studies a variety of art periods and artists including: Japonisme, naturalism, realism, Art Nouveau, Francois Bonvin, Théodule Ribot and Jean Charles Cazin.

Before joining the University of Minnesota faculty in 1985, Weisberg taught at the University of New Mexico, the University of Cincinnati, Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio, and the University of Pittsburgh. He received his doctoral degree from Johns Hopkins University. A curator and author, he has served as a member of the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, N.J., and a regent's professor at the Smithsonian American Art Museum in Washington, D.C. He also has received a Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship and a senior fellowship at the Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C.

The Allbritton Art Institute was established within the department of art at Baylor in 1998 by Joe and Barbara Allbritton, whose vision is to promote the appreciation and comprehensive study of the artists and art movements of the 19th and 20th centuries. The Institute provides courses for undergraduate students and is part of preparation for further study at the graduate level.

Hooper-Schaefer Fine Arts Center is at 60 Baylor Ave.

For more information, contact the Allbritton Art Institute at (254) 710-1866.

by Katy McDowall, student newswriter, (254) 710-6805

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