We were honored to have photographer/art historian Joan Lebold Cohen here at the museum last Thursday. Cohen, an expert on contemporary Chinese art, was in town to give a lecture, “How Chinese Is Contemporary Chinese Art?,” at University of Hawai‘i’s William S. Richardson School of Law.

She stopped in with attorney Sherry Broder to visit with our Asian art curator Shawn Eichman and tour the museum. She has visited the museum many times before (she even lectured here in 2007) and the Buddhist gallery has always been her favorite. Cohen revealed she’s a big fan of Mayumi Oda and was excited to hear about the artist’s exhibition, A Prayer for the New Birth of Japan, which closed yesterday. Good timing!