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The Power Institute with Sydney Ideas is pleased to present a talk by Dessa Goddard, Vice President and Director of Asian Art at Bonhams, North America. 

Using past and present collectors of Chinese art based in America, Europe and China, Goddard’s talk will explore the cultural, political and economic forces that shaped collecting taste in the 19th, and 20th century, and will address the challenges that new and seasoned members of the Chinese art community face as they participate in 21st century global marketplace.

Dessa Goddard
 has served as Vice President and Director of Asian Art at Bonhams North America since 1981. She oversees all company specialists and consultants in the fields of Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Himalayan, Indian and Southeast Asian art in North America, and is the Senior Asian Art Specialist in charge of acquiring consignments for the company’s Asian Art auctions in San Francisco, New York and Hong Kong. Prior to joining Bonhams, Goddard was a fellow at the Toyo Bunka Kenkyujo, the renowned research centre for archaeology at the University of Tokyo, having completed her doctoral examinations in Chinese History at the University of California, Berkeley. Goddard’s recent research focuses on the growth of philanthropy and urban culture, with a specific eye to the history of Asian art collecting in America. She regularly appears on PBS’ Antiques Roadshow and lends her expertise to publications seeking information on Asian art.

Tuesday  30 August
Lecture Theatre 101
Level 1, Sydney Law School
Eastern Avenue, The University of Sydney
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Free and open to all with online registrations required.
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