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Spring 2020

Spring 2020 Newsletter Update

Dear Friends of the Museum,
As you are aware the Museum is temporarily closed.  The following list of programs May through June is currently tentative.  All programs are cancelled through the end of April. We are looking into ways to bring April lectures to you online through live or pre-recorded processes.
In the meantime, check out our website for our Collection Highlights post and blog with our curator Tongyun Yin. Participate in our web inter-actives including the Rock & Mineral Challenge and weekly updated Rocky the Rockhound quiz. We are also featuring a new Geology blog with our educator, Sara Kurth on Facebook.
The Museum Shop is open online and Museum Members can receive their 10% discount. Orders will be shipped weekly. 
We look forward to re-opening when it is safe. Until then take care of yourself and those around you. Thank you for your continuing support.

Sincerely,
Dorothy J. Asher
Director

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  • Restoration of the Imperial Screen

    Restoration of the Imperial Screen

    All day
    04.18.2020

    1220 Kensington Road, Oak Brook, IL 60523

    1220 Kensington Road, Oak Brook, IL 60523

    Conservators from The Conservation Center will present on their work on the Imperial Screen, recently restored in their Chicago-based workshop. Restoring this treasure of the Lizzadro Collection took seven months of dedicated work by the Conservation Center’s team of Furniture Conservators.

    Lecture – Time TBD

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  • The Imperial Screen: Hidden Meanings, Rhymes, and Wordplay

    The Imperial Screen: Hidden Meanings, Rhymes, and Wordplay

    All day
    04.25.2020

    1220 Kensington Road, Oak Brook, IL 60523

    1220 Kensington Road, Oak Brook, IL 60523

    The newly restored Imperial Screen was produced as a gift in 1791 during the reign of Emperor Qianlong. Decorative motifs observed on this magnificent screen are linked to rhyming words and homonyms, common in the Chinese language. Dr. Richard Pegg will reveal many motifs that help us understand the screen’s use and meanings.

    Lecture – Time TBD

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    18.April

    Restoration of the Imperial Screen

    All day
    04.18.2020
    Lizzadro Museum of Lapidary Art
    1220 Kensington Road, Oak Brook, IL 60523

    Conservators from The Conservation Center will present on their work on the Imperial Screen, recently restored in their Chicago-based workshop. Restoring this treasure of the Lizzadro Collection took seven months of dedicated work by the Conservation Center’s team of Furniture Conservators.

    Lecture – Time TBD

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    25.April

    The Imperial Screen: Hidden Meanings, Rhymes, and Wordplay

    All day
    04.25.2020
    Lizzadro Museum of Lapidary Art
    1220 Kensington Road, Oak Brook, IL 60523

    The newly restored Imperial Screen was produced as a gift in 1791 during the reign of Emperor Qianlong. Decorative motifs observed on this magnificent screen are linked to rhyming words and homonyms, common in the Chinese language. Dr. Richard Pegg will reveal many motifs that help us understand the screen’s use and meanings.

    Lecture – Time TBD

Special Exhibit

                             

Continuing through June 21st

Re-carving the Past:
The Art of Chinese Bronzes and Jades

As the past is a primary source of historical and cultural consciousness in China, fascination with the material remnants of antiquity brought enormous inspiration to art creation. Jade carved to emulate the archaic forms and designs of ritual bronzes has been highly treasured by the elite class since the eleventh century. This practice reached its apogee during Emperor Qianlong’s reign in the eighteenth century. This exhibition features 11 bronzes from the MacLean Collection and 15 jade carvings from the Lizzadro Collection. By juxtaposing the early ritual bronzes and late imperial jade carvings, it highlights the major aestheticfeatures and symbolic associations of these two highly appreciated art forms. Dr. Tongyun Yin, our Curator of Asian Arts created this exhibit to explore the ritualistic and decorative relationship of bronze and jade forms for the opening of the new Museum. The special exhibit will close on June 21, 2020.

Restoring the Imperial Screen

Furniture conservators from the Conservation Center will discuss the methods used to restore the Imperial Screen on April 18th at 2 p.m.

Motifs and Chinese characters on the Imperial Screen depict wishes for prosperity, good fortune and long life. Believed to have been a gift to Emperor Qianlong on his “white eyebrow” 80th birthday in 1791, this magnificent piece created from cinnabar, lacquer, carved stone and rosewood recently underwent major restoration to bring back the beauty hiding under layers of dust and tape! During the 7-month long conservation effort by the Conservation Center in Chicago, the Imperial Screen underwent a complete transformation. Now, back at the Lizzadro Museum in a 360-degree viewing case, scholars have been working on deciphering the motifs and exploring the history of this amazing piece. Two lectures this spring will focus on the screen’s journey, both recent and historic. On April 18th, Furniture Conservators from the Conservation Center will describe their methods and process of restoring the screen. Then on April 25th, Dr. Richard Pegg will present the hidden meanings observed in the motifs of the screen revealing some surprising new interpretations. Please join us as we explore this exquisite piece from Emperor Qianlong’s collection.

Member Double Discount 15 Days in May!

Museum Members double their 10% discount to 20% off May 2 thru May 17, 2020!

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