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Twisted Pillar & Bended Bracket of Architecture in the Han-art Stone Reliefs

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Given there was no actual wooden building of the Han dynasty, except ruins still exists today, one of the best way to know the structural details should be in the study for those relevant architectural images and models excavated from contemporaneous tombs. However, as indirect evidence, there inevitably are exaggerating or even fictive components in those materials, so we have to distinguish the authentic architecture reflections with prudent analysis reasoning...

"8 Brokens" Rediscovered: Painted Collage from China, ca.1900

A Symposium Organized by Harvard University and Museum of Fine Arts

China's 8 Brokens is presented with generous support from the Tan Family Education Foundation. Additional support from the Dr. Lawrence H. and Roberta Cohn Exhibition Fund, the Joel Alvord and Lisa Schmid Alvord Fund, the Roger and Dawn Nordblom Fund for Chinese Paintings in Honor of Marjorie C. Nordblom, and the June N. and John C. Robinson Fund for Chinese Paintings in Honor of Marjorie C. Nordblom.

RED FUTURISM

​Understanding the Chinese Architecture of the 1960s and its technological monumentality through case study of the Nanjing Yangtze River Bridge

The Nanjing Yangtze River Bridge is one of the most significant cultural emblems of China in the 1960s-70s. Being regarded as both a political victory and a technological achievement, the so-called ‘Great Bridge’ became a popular icon that entered people’s everyday lives nationwide. This lecture will investigate into the history of the design process of this infrastructural architecture and unfold this extraordinary case that paved the way for a revolutionary style of architecture, a symbolism which inevitably transcribed technology into monumentality. 

Longmen Grottoes: New Perspectives

CGIS South 354 and 450, October 26 9:00am-5:30pm

A UNESCO World Heritage Site filled with magnificently carved Buddhist caves, the Longmen Grottoes are renown throughout the world for their enduring legacy to Chinese art. Join experts from the Longmen Grottoes Research Academy and leading scholars for a day of cutting-edge research, archaeological findings, preservation work, and a special viewing of the Longmen Digital Retrieval Project.

Shaping the World, Mirroring the Heave

CGIS South – S050 August 31, 5:00 PM

 "Shaping the World, Mirroring the Heaven: Cosmological and Astral Images in Early Buddhist Mural Paintings in Chinese Border Regions" presented by Satomi Hiyama.

Central Asia played a crucial role in the process of transmitting Indian and Greco-Babylonian astral science to East Asia, where foreign and native cosmological concepts mixed and interacted with each other in a dynamic way. In this regard, early Buddhist mural paintings in Kucha and Dunhuang dated in the 5th-6th century are worth special consideration, since they show an interesting contrast in their manner for visualizing cosmological and astral notions. 

In re-locating and re-erecting Yin Yu Tang, a 200 year old home from rural Anhui Province, at the Peabody Essex Museum, the curatorial and architectural teams grappled with numerous questions regarding the appearance, preservation and interpretation of the building. This informal presentation by the house’s lead curator will present the encompassing vision and intentions of the project as well as stimulating discussions and solutions that led to the current manifestation of the house. 

@ Harvard Art Museum

An event uniting artists and art historians in an exploration of the role the artist’s hand in contemporary artistic practice—featuring demonstrations by experts in calligraphy, painting, printmaking, papermaking, and more 

Beginning with a consideration of the history and meaning of the term “religion of images,” this presentation reconsiders certain aspects of this story. Examining the way that sacred icons and their worship are discussed in literary sources, Dr. Eric Greene suggests that image worship was, in fact, not generally perceived as a distinctly Buddhist or non-Chinese practice. Ironically, image worship was first represented as a “foreign” practice only long after it had already become a part of most forms of Chinese religion. 

Yue Ren Song

15/09/2016

​HVC Group presents Yue Ren Song at Fairbanks Center Mid-autumn Festival

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贺西林 Xilin He
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Workshop Series

Costume Design Workshop
04/10/2016 Professor Yue Lu at Graduate School of Design
Woodblock Printing Workshop
04/29/2016
Rong Bao Zhai 荣宝斋
The Chiseled Image: Traditional Chinese Woodblock Printing
MFA Painting Viewing Trip
03/30/2016
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
Painting Viewing Session: Song through Qing
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