“The Great Yellow River” opened in August in the Wright Museum of Art’s Neese Gallery and ran until mid-October. It featured pieces from the Wright’s collection covering the extensive history of one of China’s most important rivers. These ranged from a 180 C.E. rubbing of the first Chinese emperor, who is believed to have “tamed” the river, to a room-length reproduction of a 16th century scroll depicting the topographical features of the waterway. The exhibit also included photos taken by Beloit faculty members traveling on a grant funded by the Henry Luce Foundation initiative on Asian studies and the environment.
Joy Beckman, who holds the George S. Parker II Endowed Chair in Art History, co-teaches the course. She says the Workshop is different in that it has a “concrete public outcome” unlike a traditional classroom, which is typically a closed dialogue between students and faculty through research and papers.