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Rhythm in Chinese Art

Art in Context

Tuesdays, October 22 – November 12, 10am – 12pm


Unidentified artist. Head of a Bodhisattva, c. 710–720. A142. Public Domain.

$200; members $180

(4 classes)

About the Class

Albert Barnes wrote in the journal Opportunity that humans have “an instinctive craving for rhythm.” This modernist observation was echoed in the work of neurologist Oliver Sacks, who saw rhythm at the heart of our locomotor system. This class will explore the varied ways in which Chinese artists have expressed rhythm in sculpture, painting, calligraphy, and ceramics, along with their reasons for doing so, while also exploring parallel themes in Chinese poetry.

Capacity: 75


Derek Gillman

Gillman is a distinguished teaching professor of art history and museum education at Drexel University as well as senior advisor to the President for University Collections. From 2006 to 2013, he was the executive director and president of the Barnes Foundation, stewarding the collection to its current home in Philadelphia.