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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 and an audio tour were added to the gallery in 2013 by students enrolled in a Winter Term course.

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.