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Naxi Conference

Day Two

Saturday, May 14, 2011
11:00 AM–8:00 PM

A conference to mark the opening of the Rubin Museum of Art’s spring exhibition Quentin Roosevelt’s China: Ancestral Realms of the Naxi(May 13–September 19, 2011). While the exhibition showcases the art and artifacts of the Naxi as they lived seventy years ago, at this conference, anthropologists, linguists, preservationists, and industry professionals will exchange knowledge and ask questions about the current situation of the Naxi and look to the future.


Saturday, May 14
8:30 a.m. – Coffee and continental breakfast
9:30 a.m. – Welcoming Remarks

Martin Brauen, Chief Curator, Rubin Museum of Art
Dongba priest He Limin performs opening ceremony

9:45 a.m. – Keynote: Dongba Art in its Traditional and Modern Forms

Charles McKhann
Discussant: Christine Mathieu

10:35 a.m. – Naxi Connections: The Relation of Naxi Traditions with Those of Other Himalayan Societies

Michael Oppitz
Discussant: Karl Debreczeny

11:30 a.m. – Naxi Heritage as a Tourism Commodity

Sydney White
Discussants: Mei Zhang and Charles McKhann

1:00 p.m. – Lunch
2:30 p.m. – Music of the Naxi

Helen Rees
Discussant: Sydney White

3:30 p.m. – Panel: The Myth of Matriarchy

Eileen Walsh, Christine Mathieu

4:30 p.m. – Break
7:00 p.m. – Film: A King in China (Theater) and pictograph evening workshop (Lobby and Galleries)

Registration covers programs on May 13, 14, and 15
$35 per person
$31.50 RMA Members
$20 Students advance booking
$7 Student rush
Call during Box Office hours: 212.620.5000 x344
Or online:

Travel support for this conference has been granted, in part, by the Asian Cultural Council.