Celebrated for its flexibility and strength, the perennial bamboo has enjoyed diverse lives in Japanese art and culture—from delectable edibles and delicately carved tea utensils to bold ink splashes and conceptual sculptures.
Hallie O’Neal, Mellon Assistant Professor of History of Art, will explore these various manifestations, many of which balance on the edge of function and art, in a lecture at Cheekwood Botanical Garden and Museum of Art on Thursday, May 15, at noon. Her lecture, entitled “Bending Blades of Grass: Bamboo in Japanese Art and Culture,” is part of the Lunch and Lecture series and will be held in the Potter Room of Botanic Hall (also known as the Visitor Center).
O’Neal’s lecture is coordinated with a current exhibit at Cheekwood, “Modern Twist: Contemporary Japanese Bamboo Art,” that explores the rising awareness of bamboo as an innovative art form.
*Uematsu Chikuyu, Sound of Wind, 1991. Bamboo (madake), rattan, lacquer.
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