Natsu Oyobe, Curator of Asian Art for the University of Michigan Museum of Art, will bring to life the incredible James Marshall Plumer Memorial Collection of Chinese ceramics in this talk for the Lieberthal Rogel Center for Chinese Studies Noon Lecture Series. The collection, consisting of bronze wares, Buddhist sculptures, and other East Asian art works, was donated by Plumer's family and friends in memory of the prominent U-M professor of East Asian art. Plumer (1899 – 1960), who served as a “Monument Man” in the occupied Japan of the post-World War II, developed a phenomenal network of scholars, collectors, and artists, and is known for his research of Jian (Tenmoku) and Yue wares and for his teaching at U-M. In this talk, Dr. Oyobe will highlight the Chinese ceramics in the Plumer Collection, and illuminate his remarkable scholarship and humanism that connected the people of diverse backgrounds from China, Japan, and the US.
Natsu Oyobe is Curator of Asian Art at the University of Michigan Museum of Art. Specializing in modern and contemporary Japanese art, she has curated numerous Japanese art exhibitions, including Wrapped in Silk and Gold: A Family Legacy of 20th-Century Japanese Kimono (2010), Turning Point: Japanese Studio Ceramics in the Mid-20th Century (2010), and Mari Katayama (2019). Dr. Oyobe is also involved in cross-cultural projects from a variety of historical periods, including Isamu Noguchi and Qi Baishi: Beijing 1930 (2013), Xu Weixin: Monumental Portraits (2016) and Copies and Invention in East Asia (2019). She served as the consulting curator for the Detroit Institute of Arts’ new Japan Gallery (2016 – 2017). Dr. Oyobe earned a PhD in art history from the University of Michigan in 2005.