Delivered annually since 1952 at the National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C., this year’s A.W. Mellon Lectures in the Fine Arts features Wu Hung, a widely respected professor at the University of Chicago and director of the Center for the Art of East Asia. The six-part lecture series, collectively titled “End as Beginning: Chinese Art and Dynastic Time,” explores the relationship between Chinese art and patterns of repeated dynastic succession. Upcoming talks will be held in the East Building Auditorium at the NGA, on May 5th and May 12th at 2:00 p.m. To listen in, go to, which offers guided maps in Simplified Chinese, as well as audio and regular guided tours in Mandarin.