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Chinese Woodblock Prints: A Selection from the Collection of A. E. Maia do Amaral
Universidade de Coimbra
A collection of 20th-century Chinese woodblock prints of various types, including traditional ritual prints for doors, walls, and windows, etc., as well as modern decorative prints. Each print has brief information about its ritual purpose and/or iconography.

Go to Museum Resource: http://www1.ci.uc.pt/pessoal/maiaa/index.htm
Enchanted Stories: Chinese Shadow Theater in Shaanxi
China Institute
Curriculum guide to a 2008 exhibition of "about ninety figures and stage settings (gates, towers, carriages, furniture, etc.) cut from leather and elaborately colored and decorated. ... In common with Chinese drama as a whole, shadow theater is closely linked to religion, ritual, and the daily life of the community. ... Enchanted Stories reflects this relationship between theater and religion through figures depicting the gods of Good Fortune, Wealth, and Longevity; officials of the heavenly hierarchy; Buddhist and Daoist luminaries; and images of hell and its functionaries engaged in the grisly business of punishing wrong-doers. "

Go to Museum Resource: http://www.chinainstitute.org/index.cfm?fuseaction=page.viewPage&pageID=685&nod...
Graphic Arts (of 20th-Century China)
University of Washington, Visual Sourcebook of Chinese Civilization
"China's visual culture changed dramatically in the twentieth century with the great growth in advertising, posters, and other mass-produced means of using images to attract the attention of the populace." A Visual Sourcebook of Chinese Civilization was prepared by University of Washington history professor Patricia Buckley Ebrey. With questions for discussion, timelines, maps, and suggested readings. Select HOME to find link to teachers' guides for all topics featured on the website.

Go to Museum Resource: http://depts.washington.edu/chinaciv/graph/9gramain.htm
The Hefner Collection: Paintings
The Hefner Collection
The Hefner Collection is focused primarily on oil paintings by Chinese artists working from the mid to late 20th century. Fifty-four artists are represented under the "Paintings" section; a variety of styles and subjects are represented. There is a short biography of each artist and a brief description of each painting. The works can only be viewed by artist.

Go to Museum Resource: http://hefnercollection.com/thehefnercollection/index.asp
History of Chinese in America: An Interactive Timeline
Museum of Chinese in America
A timeline of key figures and events in the political and cultural history of Chinese Americans from 1933 to 2009.

Go to Museum Resource: http://www.mocanyc.org/learn/timeline
Inside Out: New Chinese Art
Asia Society
Online presentation of a 1998-99 exhibition of new art produced by artists in mainland China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, and by selected artists who emigrated to the West in the late 1980s. Focuses on works of art that explore the complex relationship between culturally specific issues and larger developments of a modern/postmodern age. Site includes images of more than 20 works (but without descriptions), plus profiles of two commissioned works and one "work in progress" by the artist Xu Bing.

Go to Museum Resource: http://sites.asiasociety.org/arts/insideout/index.html
Landscape of Memory: The Art of Mu Xin
Asia Society
Online presentation of a 2003 exhibition of art by Chinese contemporary artist Mu Xin. With an essay discussing the connections between Mu Xin's work and the tradition of Chinese landscape painting and Chinese history; his appreciation of Western humanist philosophy; his imprisonment during the Cultural Revolution; and an analysis of his technique.

Go to Museum Resource: http://sites.asiasociety.org/arts/muxin/index.html
Ling Long Woman's Magazine (Shanghai, 1931 to 1937)
Columbia University Libraries
A digital archive of Ling Long Women's Magazine, "originally published in Shanghai from 1931 to 1937 and of significant scholarly research value in several disciplines." With extensive background information about the magazine and the social and cultural context in which it was produced.

Go to Museum Resource: http://www.columbia.edu/cu/lweb/digital/collections/linglong/index.html
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