San Francisco serves as the home for the Avery Brundage Collection of Asian Art. From his early life in the industrial cities of the Midwest to his leadership of the International Olympic Committee, Avery Brundage led a life of international prominence and fame that exposed him to some of the world’s greatest works of art. With the assistance of scholar and connoisseur Rene-Yvon d'Argence during the middle of the 20th century, Brundage amassed one of America’s most prominent collections of Japanese art.
This talk given by Dr. Robert Mintz, Deputy Director, Art and Programs, Asian Art Museum, San Francisco, explores Brundage’s history as a collector of Japanese art and features some of the works that have made the collection, now housed in the Asian Art Museum of San Francisco, worthy of its fame as one of America’s great collections of Japanese art.
**The program will take place on the mezzanine level of the MFAH Beck Building. Plan ahead for your visit with parking information.
Admission is FREE with registration.
Presented in collaboration with The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston and the National Association of Japan-America Societies with the support of the Japan-United States Friendship Commission
DR. ROBERT MINTZ
Robert Mintz, a scholar of Japanese Art with a deep interest in cross-cultural artistic traditions, is the Deputy Director of Art & Programs at San Francisco’s Asian Art Museum.
Mintz's career began as a visiting professor at Central Washington University and the University of Washington, and the gallery director and a lecturer at Seattle University.
In 2006, he joined the Walters Art Museum in Baltimore as a curator in the museum’s Asian art department and rose to the role of chief curator, assembling exhibitions about Japanese decorative arts, contemporary Asian art, and woodblock prints, among other topics.
Mintz has also written books about Japanese ceramics.