Taylour Chang is manager of the museum’s Doris Duke Theatre—and a filmmaker. Born and raised on O‘ahu, she is a graduate of Yale, where she was president of the film society. Last July she flew to Apchat, France, for the screening of her short film Lan at the One Country One Film: Apchat International Film Festival. The film is a period piece (of an unspecified period) in Mandarin with English subtitles, so maybe we weren’t surprised by Taylour’s answer when we asked her: What is your favorite work of art in the museum’s collection?
“There are a lot of representations of Guanyin, but the one that we have is my favorite iteration. I’ve always liked the image of her sitting with one leg up, and one arm on top of that knee, because it portrays to me a very free and self-confident, androgynous being. And every time I’m in the presence of it, it commands me to be centered and calm. There’s something physical and palpable when you are around that piece. Also, it’s striking the way it’s situated in the gallery—you don’t expect to see it, and you turn the corner and it’s there. It’s always an unexpected experience.”