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The Art of Display: Chinese Objects Viewed in Historical Contexts and Modern Museums

April 23, 2015
Price Auditorium
Free with museum admission

Jan Stuart, Melvin R. Seiden Curator of Chinese Art, Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, Smithsonian Institution explores the practices and concepts behind the display of Chinese art from two perspectives: the customs followed in late imperial China (10th–19th centuries) and the challenges faced by curators and designers today in creating museum galleries in Western institutions.

In planning the installation for two new galleries at the British Museum, Ms. Stuart began to investigate traditional customs of viewing art. This talk brings together the experiences and complexities of fashioning new public exhibitions of Chinese art while incorporating some references to the practices of traditional display.

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Bowl with Medallions of “Hundred Antiques,” Qing dynasty (1644–1911), Daoguang reign mark and period, (1821–1850). Bequest of Henry C. Schwab, 1941.706.2.