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    Transcending Boundaries: The Art and Legacy of Tang China

    Presented by at Smith College Museum of Art

    September 16 - December 18, 2011


    Transcending Boundaries: The Art and Legacy of Tang China

    Featuring nearly thirty masterpieces loaned from the Yale University Art Gallery, this exhibition explores the art and culture of the Tang dynasty (618-907) and its everlasting influence in Chinese art. With a range of ceramic, metal, and sculptural works, the exhibition first showcases the secular and religious lives in the Tang capital Chang’an. This cosmopolitan city is also known as the Chinese end of the Silk Road, from which exotic goods, foreign technologies, and religious ideas further spread in China. Based on later paintings that emulated Tang styles or were inspired by Tang tales, the second section of the exhibition illustrates the enduring allure of this “Golden Age” among Chinese artists across time. These carefully selected artworks will present a valuable opportunity to understand the innovative adaptations and creative reinterpretations in Chinese art that crossed boundaries between foreign and indigenous, past and present, as well as secular and sacred traditions.

    Image credit: Unknown Artist. "Court Lady," 2nd quarter of the 8th century. Earthenware, white slip with traces of pigment. Gift of the Associates in Fine Arts. Loan from the Yale University Art Gallery.

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    $4 Seniors (65+)
    $3 Students (13+ with ID)
    $2 Youth (6–12)
    FREE: Members of the Museum; Smith College students, faculty, and staff; Five College faculty; any college student with ID; and children five and under. Immediate families of Smith faculty and staff are also admitted free. Free passes may be checked out at Forbes Library (20 West Street, next to Smith campus), at Lilly Library (19 Meadow Street, Florence, MA), or at a library with reciprocal borrowing privileges. Free to all on the second Friday of the month, 4–8 PM.

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