Ive Covaci, PhD, adjunct professor of Art History at Fairfield University and curator of this exhibition, will present a lecture in conjunction with Gifts of Gold: The Art of Japanese Lacquer Boxes. The lecture will take place on Thursday, January 16th at 5 p.m. in the Diffley Board room located in Bellarmine Hall. After the lecture there will be an Opening Reception at 6 p.m.
Gifts of Gold: The Art of Japanese Lacquer Boxes will introduce viewers to the medium, functions, decorative techniques, and symbolic associations of Japanese lacquer by presenting approximately twenty exquisite works ranging from the 15th through the 21st centuries, complemented by a few select paintings. The exhibition will consist of four groupings with the following themes: 1) forms in black and red 2) seasonal and auspicious motifs 3) poetic and literary associations 4) materials and techniques. Objects in the exhibition are drawn from institutional and private collections, as well as featuring a 19th century writing box recently acquired by the Fairfield University Art Museum.