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Emison Galleries

Shidzuo Iikubo '23 Asian Art Gallery

In 1991, DePauw received the Arthur E. Klauser '45 Asian and World Community Collection. The gift included Buddhist art, notably icons and mandalas, objects related to Japanese noh theater and samurai culture, painted screens, and woodblock prints from the 18th and 19th centuries. Selected objects from this collection are currently displayed in the Shidzuo Iikubo Gallery, a dedicated exhibition space for Asian art. The gallery was  generously funded by Hirotsugu "Chuck" Iikubo '57 in honor of his father, Shidzuo Iikubo, a graduate of the Class of 1923.

Gifts of Tibetan art donated by Bruce Walker ’53 complement the Asian collection and include an impressive number of 18th-20th century thangka paintings, 20th century drawings, and religious and ceremonial objects. Highlights from this collection are also on display in the Shidzuo Iikubo Gallery. New labels were added to the gallery in 2013 by students enrolled in a Winter Term course.

Additionally, we've teamed up with Culture Spots to bring audio to the gallery spaces for our visitors to enjoy. Completely free and with no separate app required, you can even listen to our audio tours OUTSIDE of the gallery space! Simply click here for our Culture Spots link and take a trip through our Shidzuo Iikubo '23 Gallery inside the Emison Building here on campus.

Be on the lookout for more audio tours of other spaces and campus art coming soon!

African Art Gallery

A May Term course of seven students curated a new exhibition of African art in 2016, titled: "From Traditional to Contemporary: Rethinking African Art." The exhibition addresses "...themes of household objects, masking, appropriation, geometric design, and family in an attempt to challenge stereotypes regarding African art. By comparing traditional and contemporary objects, the exhibition strives to engage the viewer in dialogue to demystify this complex body of work." Artists include Willis "Bing" Davis '59, Yinka Shonibare, and Kara Walker.

Both the Shidzuo Iikubo '23 Asian Art Gallery and the African Art Gallery are located in the Emison Building (Office of Admission) on the campus of DePauw University.