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Lecture: The Silk Road and China’s Tang Dynasty



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Join Seung Hee Oh, assistant curator of Chinese Art, for a discussion about the art and culture of the Tang dynasty during a golden age of cosmopolitanism achieved through what is known today as the Silk Road.

Newly installed in Galleries 130 and 131A, polychromatic earthenware figures of camels, riders, horses, and musicians tell a story of how artisans in the Tang dynasty (618-907) captured the dynamism brought on by trade, diplomacy, and pilgrimage of the Silk Road.

About the Speaker

Seung Hee Oh is assistant curator of Chinese art in the Arts of Asia department at the Art Institute of Chicago. Prior to joining the Art Institute in 2023, she worked for East Asian art collections at the Harvard Art Museums, Smithsonian’s National Museum of Asian Art, Villa I Tatti in Florence, Italy, and Seoul National University Museum. She has also contributed as an author, editor, and translator to publications from the U.K., Japan, and Korea. Seung Hee holds PhD from Harvard University, specializing in Chinese painting and later Buddhist art.

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