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Philip Hu, the curator of Asian art, curated “Conflicts of Interest: Art and War in Modern Japan” (2016). Since joining the Museum in 2006, Hu has curated the main exhibitions “Power and Glory: Court Arts of China’s Ming Dynasty” (2009) and “Five Centuries of Japanese Screens: Masterpieces from the Saint Louis Art Museum and the Art Institute of Chicago” (2009), as well as numerous rotations of Asian art.

Hu received an undergraduate degree in architecture from the University of California, Berkeley and a Master of Architecture from the University of California, Los Angeles; he subsequently received a graduate degree in Chinese art history from the Institute of Fine Arts, New York University, where he also completed all the coursework for the doctorate program. He taught at New York University and at Macalester College in St. Paul, Minnesota.

Notable media appearances and mentions

Television and video

Recent SLAM exhibitions

  • Balinese Art (2019)
  • Flora and Fauna in Japanese Art (2018)
  • Chinese Buddhist Art: 10th-15th Centuries (2018)
  • Conflicts of Interest: Art and War in Modern Japan (2016)
  • From Caravans to Courts: Textiles from the Silk Road (2016)
  • The Carpet and the Connoisseur: The James F. Ballard Collection of Oriental Rugs (2016)
  • Calligraphy in Chinese and Japanese Art (2014)
  • Flowers of the Four Seasons in Chinese and Japanese Art (2014)
  • Chiura Obata: Four Paintings, Four Moods (2013)
  • Plants and Flowers in Chinese Paintings and Ceramics (2012)
  • Glimpsing History through Art: Selections from the Charles and Rosalyn Lowenhaupt Collection of Japanese Prints (2011)
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