AIA Lecturer/Host: David A. Sensabaugh
Curator of Asian Art at the Yale University Art Gallery
David A. Sensabaugh, Curator of Asian Art at the Yale University Art Gallery, is a specialist in the history of Chinese art. Before joining the staff of the Yale University Art Gallery, David taught the history of Chinese art in the Department of Art History and Archaeology at Columbia University, and has also taught at Princeton and The University of Virginia. He is a graduate of Stanford University, and received an M.A. and Ph.D. in Chinese Art and Archaeology from Princeton University. David has organized a number of exhibitions on Chinese art, beginning in 1993 with “‘O Soul Come Back!’ The World of the Han Dynasty Tomb” for the Wallach Gallery at Columbia University. Most recently he was the co-curator of “The Last Emperor’s Collection: Masterpieces of Painting and Calligraphy from the Liaoning Provincial Museum,” an exhibition shown at the China Institute Gallery in New York in fall 2008, and he is currently working on an exhibition of late Yuan-early Ming dynasty painting. David has been a frequent lecturer on the art of the Han and Northern and Southern Dynasties, and has written about Chinese gardens. Over the last decade he participated in research seminars in China on Buddhism and the trade routes. David has spent time in Shandong exploring the art of Han dynasty tombs and funerary shrines. He has lectured on a number of AIA tours in China, and on this one he plans to discuss such topics as Beijing and Hangzhou as capital cities; sacred mountains in relation to Mount Tai; the Confucian heritage of Shandong; and the early history of Chinese ceramics.