Virtual Curator Talk with Wai Yee Chiong

Winslow Homer, John La Farge, and the influence of Japanese Art

August 5, 2020 4:00 pm

When the Museum organized an Art Excursion to the Harvard Art Museums last fall, we happened upon an unexpected grouping of works on display in the galleries. A color landscape print of the Adirondack mountains by Winslow Homer was paired with two prints by major Japanese printmakers, Hiroshige and Hokusai. The stylistic and technical influences of Japanese printmaking on Homer’s work was unmistakable. Homer was friends with fellow artist John La Farge, whose stained glass work is well known in Newport. An avid admirer and collector of Japanese art, La Farge may have been responsible for introducing Homer to Japanese art. Fascinating! The Newport Art Museum is pleased to welcome Ms. Wai Yee Chiong, who was responsible for the curation of the grouping we enjoyed at the Harvard Art Museums. Now the Assistant Curator of Asian Art at the RISD Museum, Ms. Chiong will explore works by Homer and La Farge, comparing them to Japanese prints and paintings in the Newport and RISD Art Museums collections, some of which are currently on view in “paperwork: Works on Paper from the Permanent Collection” and “Complex Terrain(s).” 

Join us on Zoom for a live lecture with images, followed by Q&A with Ms. Chiong.

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Free for Members, General Admission $10 suggested donation.

Wai Yee Chiong, Ph.D., Assistant Curator of Asian Art, RISD Museum

Wai Yee joined the RISD Museum in November, 2018. Prior to that, she was the Cunningham Curatorial Fellow of Japanese Art at Harvard Art Museums. She has held curatorial, research, and teaching positions at Princeton University (where she received her M.A. and Ph.D. in Art History), Gakushūin University in Tokyo, and the Percival David Foundation of Chinese Art in London. Wai Yee also received an M.A. in History of Art and Archaeology from the School of Oriental and African Studies, London, and a B.A. in Economics and Spanish from Middlebury College.


Ando Hiroshige, “Inbanuma Lake on Way to Shimohusa Narita,” 1946.001.009