October 3,2022 Update

It's October 3rd! We hope your Autumn Season is off to a good start. Our next blog post update features a look at one of the museum's new upcoming exhibitions - The Scholar and the Samurai: Compositions from East Asia. In conjunction with our new exhibition experiences lined up for 2023, Slater Museum will be making an official debut of this collection under this new name and theme. 

The Scholar and the Samurai logo


On March 15, 2020, Slater Museum was poised to open a new exhibition featuring our collection of art and artifacts from Asia when the COVID-19 Pandemic shuttered the world. The gallery was ultimately completed, but never received a formal reopening event, and our limited reopening in 2021 made it difficult for many to experience the show. We made the decision to revisit this exhibition after conducting a close study of the gallery and receiving valuable feedback from those who were able to see the exhibition which we hope will bring more attention to a key area of this dynamic collection.


In 1935, Emily Noyes Vanderpoel bequeathed her entire collection of East Asian artifacts to Slater Museum; in total, her collection numbered approximately 1,000 pieces. These pieces included sculpture, prints, ceramics, and much more. Over the past few years we've studied this collection and have formulated the upcoming exhibition to focus more on a number of works on paper and sculpture that tie in the respective themes together.


The "Scholar" portion of the exhibition focuses on the scholar-official classes of China's Qing Dynasty who served as official advisors to the Emperor. These individuals were active patrons of arts and culture, and a number of artifacts including original clothing and never-before-seen pieces will be on display.


The "Samurai" portion highlights the history of Japan's Samurai culture as told through the form of woodblock prints, called Ukiyo-e. These prints were created by renowned Japanese artists and became very popular in the late 18th and early 19th centuries. These works were traded heavily especially upon the reopening of Japan in 1854.


In addition, we will also be featuring a plaster cast of an original Chinese terracotta warrior that was painted in an original color scheme, as well as temple artifacts, Samurai armor, and much more. Stay tuned next time for another exclusive look at a new exhibition coming next year!