Art&Life and the Phillips Ambassadors will be partnering with the Ackland Art Museum to put on Asian Exchanges on Thursday, Jan. 18. The event will feature three objects from the Ackland’s collection highlighting the artistic exchange between East and West cultures.
The event will begin at 5:30 p.m. with a 30-minute reception in the lobby that will be catered by Spicy 9. The reception will be followed by the tour which will feature one object from the "Color Across Asia" exhibit, one from the "Religion and Ritual" exhibit and one from the permanent collection in the European art section. Each part of the tour will be lead by a different person to represent both Art&Life and the Ackland’s knowledge of Asian and Western art.
“We selected those objects because they somehow demonstrated exchange of ideas or techniques between East and West, so the three objects we selected are very different, but they all fall under that category,” said Eliza Filene, a member of the Phillips Ambassadors and The Daily Tar Heel Editorial Board. “We are trying to parallel the experience students have when they study abroad in Asia with the Phillips Ambassadors program with this artistic exchange that you can see with the objects and the collection.”
Art&Life is a student organization that promotes art education, and the Phillips Ambassadors allows students to study abroad in Asia. The groups have never collaborated together with the Ackland Art Museum, but due to the museum’s proximity to campus, working together was intriguing to all three parties, especially when it came to highlighting this East-West exchange.
“We are trying to convey that these cross-cultural exchanges happen both ways — it wasn’t only the West being influenced by the East, it was also the East being influenced by the West,” said Rebekah Cockram, another member of the Phillips Ambassadors.