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Purchased by L. Sickman in Peking: A Conversation with Marsha Haufler


Event Details

Date & Time:

Wed January 18, 2017


The Block Museum of Art
40 Arts Circle Drive
Evanston, IL 60208


Open to the public


Over the course of the 20th century, Western museums acquired quantities of thangkas (Tibetan-style paintings) made in Tibet and China. In the early 1930s, Laurence Sickman, acting on behalf of the Nelson Gallery in Kansas City, acquired an impressive array of objects that became the foundation for one of the most highly regarded collections of Chinese art in America. Marsha Haufler, professor of art history at the University of Kansas, introduced Sickman’s thangkas and use them to illuminate the trade in such objects and their reception in American art museums.

This program is organized by the Department of Art History.

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