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China on Paper: European and Chinese Works from the Late Sixteenth to the Early Nineteenth Century
Getty Museum
Online presentation of a 2007-08 exhibition presenting "works on paper from the special collections of the Research Library at the Getty Research Institute that document the fascinating story of cultural exchanges between Chinese and Europeans in the early-modern era." With text discussing the key role that Jesuit missionaries in China played in the story of this exchange, illustrated with six works from the exhibition.

Go to Museum Resource: http://www.getty.edu/art/exhibitions/china_paper/
Chinese Export Porcelain at The Metropolitan Museum of Art
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Short introduction with images of works given as examples of the range of trade.

Go to Museum Resource: https://www.metmuseum.org/toah/hd/ewpor/hd_ewpor.htm
Cultivated Landscapes: Reflections of Nature in Chinese Painting
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Online presentation of a 2002-2003 exhibition that encompasses "landscapes and garden scenes dating from the Five Dynasties period (907–960) to the late twentieth century" and explores the "manifold uses of natural imagery in Chinese painting as a reflection of human beliefs and emotions." With images of 8 related artworks. See also the exhibition publication.

Go to Museum Resource: https://www.metmuseum.org/exhibitions/listings/2002/cultivated-landscapes
Imperial Elegance: Chinese Ceramics from the Asia Society's Rockefeller Collection
Asia Society
"This exhibition reveals the broad range of aesthetics that appealed to Chinese imperial patrons of Chinese ceramics during a period that spans more than six hundred years, from the Song (960–1279) through the Qing dynasty (1644–1911). Selected works have been grouped to show how color and form in imperial ceramics can provide clues to their function. A final section explores some of the meanings represented by the decorative motifs found on imperial ceramics."

Go to Museum Resource: http://sites.asiasociety.org/arts/imperialelegance/index.html
John Thomson's China: Illustrations of China and Its People (1873-1874)
Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Visualizing Cultures
"John Thomson, born in Edinburgh, was the first Western photographer to travel widely through the length and breadth of China. This unit is a full reproduction of his celebrated Illustrations of China and Its People: A Series of Two Hundred Photographs, with Letterpress Descriptive of the Places and People Represented, published in four volumes from 1873 to 1874." With an in-depth essay by Allen Hockley, professor of art history at Dartmouth College.

Go to Museum Resource: http://ocw.mit.edu/ans7870/21f/21f.027/john_thomson_china_01/index.html
Laufer China Expedition (1901-1904)
American Museum of Natural History
Featuring more than 6,500 objects from China and Tibet, acquired between 1901 and 1904 during the Jacob H. Schiff expedition to China led by sinologist Berthold Laufer… exploring the history and culture of a sophisticated people that had not yet experienced the industrial transformation… The collection includes "objects used in daily life, agriculture, folk religion, medicine, and in the practice of such crafts as printing, bookbinding, carpentry, enamelware, ceramics, and laquerware. [Laufer] also collected antique bronzes and Han Dynasty ceramics[, and his] interest in the theater led him to make the most extensive collection of Chinese puppets in North America including shadow puppets, rod puppets, and glove puppets in several regional styles, and to record performances on wax cylinders. The collection also includes costumes, musical instruments, and stilts for the Yang Ko folk drama."

Go to Museum Resource: https://anthro.amnh.org/laufer_collection
Remembering 1882: Fighting for Civil Rights in the Shadow of the Chinese Exclusion Act
Chinese Historical Society of America
"In 1882 Congress passed the nation's first major immigration legislation -- a law to prevent people of Chinese descent from entering the United States. Remembering 1882 explores the historical debate around the Exclusion Act from its origins through its full repeal in 1968, the civil rights struggle of Chinese Americans and allies, and the historic importance of habeas corpus in the Chinese American community."

Go to Museum Resource: http://www.civilrightssuite.org/crs/InfoPage.php/iID/180
Seven Sages of the Bamboo Grove
Asia Society
"The Seven Sages of the Bamboo Grove were a group of Chinese learned men from the third century CE. During a time of political upheaval, the group distanced themselves from governmental service, choosing instead to spend time engaged in Daoist-inspired discussions, poetry, and music, sometimes while inebriated. ... Seven Sages of the Bamboo Grove, featuring traditional works of art from China and Japan, has been organized to accompany and provide some cultural context for Asia Society’s exhibition of Seven Intellectuals in a Bamboo Forest, the contemporary video work by Chinese artist Yang Fudong."

Go to Museum Resource: https://asiasociety.org/new-york/exhibitions/seven-sages-bamboo-grove
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