• JUNE 12, 2019 - MAY 31, 2020
  • The Dayton Art Institute, Dayton
  • Every 1 week(s) between
    June 12, 2019 and May 31, 2020
  • Category: Art & Museum Exhibits

Event Details

  • Every 1 week(s) between
    June 12, 2019 and May 31, 2020
  • Wednesdays, 11:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Thursdays, 11:00 pm - 8:00 pm
  • Fridays, 11:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Saturdays, 11:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Sundays, 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
  • Free to members: included in museum's suggested general admission for non-members


Event Description

In China, there was a long tradition of collectors known as scholar-officials. The arts played a central role in the life of scholars as ways to cultivate oneself and helped to create communities of like-minded friends. As social leaders they set examples of what others could aspire to: living a life of thoughtful understanding, beauty, and friendship. In a similar way, Virginia W. Kettering and the Honorable Jefferson Patterson were leaders of the Dayton community who were also collectors of Asian art, and through their generosity these collections formed the basis of the DAI’s extensive collection. As part of the DAI’s 2019 Centennial, this focus exhibition explores the contributions of Kettering and Patterson through the lens of the Chinese scholar collector, presenting a variety of artworks that may have been part of a scholar’s life, and raising the broader question of just what it means to collect.

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