Author Archive: Diana Lu

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Celebrating Chinese New Year: Dogs in Ancient China

Posted: February 15, 2018 - 17:38 , by Diana Lu
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 Photo of a sculpture of a dog

Ridge tile with a dog
Moulded earthenware, glaze
Ming-Qing Dynasty (17th-19th century)
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The George Crofts Collection

By Kara Ma

Wu Dacheng: ROM Chinese Jades at the Suzhou Museum

Posted: February 1, 2018 - 15:35 , by Diana Lu
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As part of a special exhibition entitled Collections of the Wu Family From Suzhou in the Qing Dynasty (December 16, 2017, to March 11, 2018), the Royal Ontario Museum lent 28 Chinese jades to the Suzhou Museum. This exhibition, curated by the Suzhou Museum, constitutes the second in the series of Suzhou Collectors from the Qing dynasty. The ROM is amongst several lenders that contributed to this special exhibition.

 

Opening Night for A Third Gender: Beautiful Youths in Japanese Prints

Posted: April 25, 2017 - 12:22 , by Diana Lu
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Written by Sofia D’Amico (Student at Fordham University)

Supervised by Asato Ikeda (Assistant Professor at Fordham University and Research Associate at the Royal Ontario Museum)

 

What Is “Obscene”? And Who Decides? — Thought and Proposition by the Curator of "A Third Gender"

Posted: November 15, 2016 - 12:53 , by Diana Lu
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What Is “Obscene”? And Who Decides? — Thought and Proposition by the Curator of A Third Gender

By Asato Ikeda

 

 

Artists of the Floating World, Part II

Posted: November 7, 2016 - 16:56 , by Diana Lu
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Written by Josiah Ariyama

Supervised by Dr. Asato Ikeda

 

In the sunset years of his life and a hundred years before Perry, Suzuki Harunobu revolutionized the woodblock printing method, rendering previous methods obsolete. In Part II we look at nishiki-e, full-coloured prints from 1765 onward. 

 

Harunobu

Artists of the Floating World, Part I

Posted: October 18, 2016 - 15:35 , by Diana Lu
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Written by Josiah Ariyama

Supervised by Dr. Asato Ikeda

 

A Third Gender: Beautiful Youths in Japanese Prints, exhibited at the ROM from May until November, 2016 offers but a glimpse into the lives of Wakashu, or “young companions” living in Edo period Japan (1603-1868). The exhibition not only features a plethora of great woodblock prints, but exacerbates the viewer’s imaginary journey into this time through the use of film, screens, and sartorial artefacts such as armour, kimono and hair ornaments. 

 

The A Third Gender exhibition and LGBTQ community workshop

Posted: June 24, 2016 - 16:16 , by Diana Lu
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By Asato Ikeda

 

On January 23 this year, the A Third Gender exhibit team and the Mark Bonham Center for Sexual Diversity Studies at the University of Toronto co-hosted two workshops with members of Toronto’s LGBTQ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans, and Queer) community. We invited educators, social workers, and political activists, and I gave a presentation on the exhibition, which was followed by a discussion session.

LGBT Japan: Past, Present, Future

Posted: June 20, 2016 - 13:05 , by Diana Lu
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As Toronto Pride rolls in with the same flamboyance as the summer heat, A Third Gender: Beautiful Youths in Japanese Prints is worth checking out - it’s current; it’s relevant and it’s air conditioned.

Tattooed Heroes of Edo Period Japan

Posted: May 3, 2016 - 11:55 , by Diana Lu
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Tattoos: Ritual. Identity. Obsession. Art is an exhibition in the Royal Ontario Museum (ROM) coming from Museé du quai Branly, Paris. It explores 5000 years of tattoo tradition around the world. The traditional and contemporary tattoos of Japan are featured prominently in their own section of the exhibition. This article introduces several tattoo images, some of which are not covered in the exhibition.

The Japanese Art Collection of the ROM: A Look at Edo Period Tsuba

Posted: December 3, 2015 - 15:52 , by Diana Lu
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