Comings & Goings
XIAONENG YANG, an internationally recognized scholar with two decades of professional experience in China and the United States, is the new Patrick J. J. Maveety Curator of Asian Art at the Cantor Center for Visual Arts.
Yang was educated as an archaeologist at Beijing University and has a doctorate in art history and archaeology from Washington University. Since the 1980s, he has curated and organized international exhibitions, initially for China's Ministry of Culture. From 1993 through 2007, he was a curator of Asian art at the Nelson-Atkins Museum in Kansas City, Mo., which has one of the finest Asian collections in America. He curated and organized The Golden Age of Chinese Archaeology: Celebrated Discoveries from the People's Republic of China, which earned international acclaim. The exhibition opened in 1999 at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C., and went on tour to the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston, the Asian Art Museum in San Francisco, the Tokyo National Museum in Japan and the Millennium Monument Hall in Beijing, where it was chosen by authorities to be the opening exhibition to celebrate the 21st century.
His books have been published in Beijing, Hong Kong, Seattle, London and Washington, D.C. He is the author of New Perspectives on China's Past: Chinese Archaeology in the 20th Century, a two-volume set. He has lectured internationally on archaeology, museum collections, ancient painting and sculpture, and contemporary Chinese art.
Yang will develop exhibitions at the Cantor Arts Center and organize the presentation of traveling exhibitions. He also will refine and develop the center's Asian collection, which now includes more then 4,500 works ranging from third-millennium B.C. ceramic and metal objects to 21st-century sculpture, painting and photography.
The Maveety Curatorship in Asian Art was established in 1999 with a gift from the Christensen Fund.