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Terese Tse Bartholomew: Asian Art Museum Oral History Project

Conducted by Martin Meeker in 2013, Regional Oral History Office, The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley, 2013.

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Terese Tse Bartholomew was hired as the first Curator of Indian and Southeast Asian Art at the Asian Art Museum in 1969, a position she held until 1988. From 1988 through 1996 she was Curator of Indian Art and Himalayan Art and from 1997 through 2008 she was Curator of Himalayan Art and Chinese Decorative Art. She retired from the museum in 2008 and is currently Curator Emeritus. In this wide-ranging interview, Ms. Bartholomew discusses: her upbringing in Hong Kong and her college and graduate school education in California; her work for the museum and role played in collections management, staging exhibitions, and acquisitions of new items; and her areas of expertise, particularly Yixing pottery and symbolism and Chinese art and artifacts.


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