James Watt to retire from Met this summer
James C. Y. Watt will retire from the Metropolitan Museum of Art this summer, becoming curator emeritus of the department of Asian art on 1 July. Watt has been with the Met for 25 years, spending the last decade as Brooke Russell Astor Chairman of the department of Asian art. Before joining the museum, Watt was curator of Asiatic art at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston from 1981 to 1985. Prior to that he was chairman of the board of studies in fine arts at the Chinese University of Hong Kong and curator of the art gallery at the Institute of Chinese Studies. During his time at the Metropolitan, Watt has put together numerous exhibitions including Splendors of Imperial China, Treasures from the Palace Museum, Taipei, 1996, China: Dawn of a Golden Age, 200-750 A.D., 2004-2005, and most recently The World of Khubilai Khan: Chinese Art in the Yuan Dynasty. Maxwell Hearn - who is currently Douglas Dillon curator for Chinese painting and calligraphy and has been at the Met since 1971 - will take over from Watt.