Through and Beyond John Thomson’s Lens

Mactaggart Thomson Photo


Date: Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Time: 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm (Doors open at 5:00 pm)

Location: University of Alberta Museums Galleries at Enterprise Square – Idea Lounge

Speaker: John E. Vollmer

(Admission by donation)

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The University of Alberta Museums is proud to present an evening lecture by guest curator John E. Vollmer titled Through and Beyond John Thomson's Lens.

This lecture will address connections that can be made between two museum collections; The Mactaggart Art Collection from the University of Alberta and the photos provided on loan from the Wellcome Library in London. John Thomson's photographs of mid-nineteenth century China have been complemented and contrasted with spectacular Manchu and Chinese textiles and costumes from the University of Alberta Museum's renowned Mactaggart Art Collection. Together these collections offer visitors a remarkable insight into the waning years of late imperial China.

Read more about the exhibitions China through the Lens of John Thomson (1868-1872) and The Mactaggart Art Collection: Beyond the Lens.

Speaker's Biography

John E. Vollmer is an internationally recognized curator and scholar in the fields of Asian art, textiles and dress. Vollmer has held curatorial appointments at the Royal Ontario Museum and at the Glenbow Museum in Calgary. He served as director at the Kent State University Museum and was the founding executive director of the Toronto Design Exchange.

Since 1991, Vollmer Cultural Consultants Inc. located in New York City, has assisted not-for-profit, public and private sector clients with projects including collections management issues, research, publishing, strategic planning and program development.

Vollmer has been involved with the Mactaggart Art Collection of Chinese robes and textiles since the mid-1970s. In 2007 he served as curator for the exhibition Dressed to Rule: 18th Century Court Attire in the Mactaggart Art Collection, the first public exhibition of the collection after the donation to the University of Alberta. Together with Jacqueline Simcox he is the author of Emblems of Empire: Selections from the Mactaggart Art Collection published in 2009.

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University of Alberta Museums

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