Dany Chan is the Associate Curator of Asian Art at the Walters Art Museum in Baltimore, Maryland. With a background in East Asian Studies and Chinese language, Dany has dedicated his career to curating and studying Asian art. He has worked at the Asian Art Museum in San Francisco and has earned numerous accolades for his expertise in the field.
Dany discusses his passion for Asian art and the journey that led him to become a curator. He shares how his childhood fascination with Chinese costume dramas sparked his love for Chinese art and culture. Dany also talks about the challenges and rewards of curating the "Across Asia: Arts of Asia and the Islamic World" exhibition at the Walters Art Museum. He highlights the importance of bringing together Asian and Islamic art in one space to tell the stories of historical connections and uplift underrepresented voices. Dany reflects on the impact of the pandemic and the Black Lives Matter movement on the museum field and the need for museums to adapt and keep up with the times.
In this podcast:
- Let's delve into Dany's early artistic inspirations as we explore how a childhood fascination with Chinese costume dramas ignited a lifelong passion for Chinese art and culture.
- Join us in uncovering the impactful significance of the "Across Asia: Arts of Asia and the Islamic World" exhibition at the Walters Art Museum, where we'll discuss how this remarkable showcase bridges the gap between Asian and Islamic art to illuminate historical interconnections.
- In this episode, we'll examine the evolving role of museums in the face of global challenges, as we delve into how the pandemic and the Black Lives Matter movement have prompted a necessary reevaluation of museum practices and narratives.
- Tune in to explore the intricate world of exhibition curation, where we'll unravel the meticulous process of selecting and refining objects, and shaping narratives that resonate with audiences.
- Join us as we venture behind the scenes of museum exhibition development, discussing the complexities of staffing turnover and the adaptive strategies employed in response to dynamic circumstances.
Join us as we delve into the world of Asian art with esteemed curator and art historian, Dany Chan. Discover the groundbreaking exhibitions and expertise at the Walters Art Museum.
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