Turning the Page: The Art of the Chinese Album

February 10, 2015 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Portland Art Museum
1219 Southwest Park Avenue
Portland, OR 97205

JosephScheierDolbergJoseph Scheier-Dolberg

Assistant Curator of Chinese Painting and Calligraphy, The Metropolitan Museum of Art

This lecture will explore the special qualities of the album, the most intimate of Chinese painting formats. Born in the 10th century and coming to full flower in the 17th, the album allows the artist to take the viewer on a carefully orchestrated journey that unfolds one distinct scene at a time. For the artist, the challenge lies in crafting a coherent work of art out of a set of disparate images. For the viewer, the experience of looking at an album is one of suspense and excitement, with each turn of the page bringing a new vista. The lecture will foreground this process of discovery through a discussion of albums from the 12th century to the present.

Presented in conjunction with a display of Chinese albums from the Museum’s collection in the Goodman Gallery. Sponsored by the Asian Art Council.

Tickets available online


The Portland Art Museum is pleased to offer accommodations to ensure that our programs are accessible and inclusive. All spaces for this program are accessible by wheelchair. Assistive listening devices are also available for lectures. All restrooms have accessible stalls but no power doors. There are single-stall all-gender bathrooms available. Please ask staff for directions.

We will do our best to accommodate your needs when you arrive, however, we need 2-3 weeks advance notice for some specific requests. Please email requests to access@pam.org, or call 503-226-2811.