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Curator of Asian art to deliver 16th Perkins Lecture at Alfred University

Alfred University | 10/04/18

Denise Patry Leidy, the Ruth and Bruce Dayton Curator of Asian Art at the Yale University Art Gallery, will deliver the 16th Perkins Lecture at Alfred University. The lecture, “Back-and-Forth: Chinese and Global Clay, 17th-21st Century,” will be held Wednesday, Oct. 10, at 4:30 p.m. in Nevins Theater, Powell Campus Center.


ALFRED, NY – Denise Patry Leidy, the Ruth and Bruce Dayton Curator of Asian Art at the Yale University Art Gallery, will deliver the 16th Perkins Lecture at Alfred University. The lecture, “Back-and-Forth: Chinese and Global Clay, 17th-21st Century,” will be held Wednesday, Oct. 10, at 4:30 p.m. in Nevins Theater, Powell Campus Center.

The Alfred Ceramic Art Museum established the Dorothy Wilson Perkins Ceramic History Lecture Series in 1998, thanks to a generous endowment gift to the Museum by Dr. Lyle Perkins (B.F.A. Alfred '39; M.F.A. Alfred '47) in memory of his wife, Dr. Dorothy Wilson Perkins (B.F.A. Alfred '39).

Leidy received her master’s and doctoral degrees from Columbia University. Prior to joining the Yale University Art Gallery, she served as the Brooke Russell Astor Curator of Chinese Art at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and as curator at the Asia Society and the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. Leidy has curated exhibitions such as “Global by Design: Chinese Ceramics from the R. Albuquerque Collection” (2016); “Silla: Korea’s Golden Kingdom” (2013), “Red and Black: Chinese Lacquer from the 13th to the 16th Century” (2012), and “Hidden Treasure of Afghanistan” (2009).

Her publications include How to Read Chinese Ceramics (2015), Wisdom Embodied: Chinese Buddhist and Daoist Sculpture in the Metropolitan Museum of Art (2010), The Art of Buddhism: An Introduction to Its History and Meaning (2009), Mother-of-Pearl: A Tradition in Asian Lacquer (2006), and Treasures of Asian Art: The Asia Society’s Mr. and Mrs. John D. Rockefeller Collection (1994).

This year’s Perkins Lecture is being held in conjunction with the Global Day of Clay (Oct. 10) and National Clay Week (Oct. 8-14) and will be live streamed to a global audience. The lecture is being held while the Alfred Ceramic Art Museum hosts a three-month exhibition -- “Reclaiming Splendor: Ceramic Design by Chunmao Huang” – by Alfred University alumnus Chunmao Huang (M.F.A., ceramic art, 2003). Huang is renowned as China’s premier ceramic tableware designer.