News & Events Highlights

Statement on Department’s Commitment to Openness and Inclusion

Faculty Search – History of Architecture, Global Modern and Contemporary

Department Returns to Newly Renovated Kresge Hall

In the early 1930s a young man named Laurence Sickman, who subsequently became the first curator of Oriental Art at the newly established Nelson Gallery (now the Nelson-Atkins Museum) in Kansas City, was engaged by Gallery trustees as a purchasing agent in Beijing. On their behalf, he acquired an array of objects that subsequently became very famous. Little known, however, are the thangkas he sent back to Missouri at this time. This paper introduces Sickman’s thangkas and uses them to illuminate not only his engagement with this type of art, but also the trade in such objects in pre-war Beijing and their reception in American art museums.

CAA Reunion Reception

Thursday, February 16, 6:00 PM
Faculty and alums who are attending the CAA Conference in New York City this year are invited to a reception hosted by the departments of Art History and Art Theory & Practice.