Art in a Time of Chaos: Masterworks From Six Dynasties China, 3rd – 6th Centuries
Now through March 19, 20174>
The Six Dynasties period, from the 3rd to 6th centuries, was one of the most dynamic periods in Chinese art history, akin to the European Renaissance in the impact it had on artistic creativity and the celebration of individual expression. Over the past twenty years, archaeological excavations have unearthed extraordinary works of art, forever altering scholarly understanding of this chaotic, four-hundred-year period of political upheaval, geographical division and civil strife. Not only was the Six Dynasties period a pivotal link in the historical timeline between the Han and Tang dynasties, but it is increasingly recognized for having laid the foundation for Chinese artistic standards, genres, subjects, and important themes that continue to define Chinese art today. This exhibition will present the artistic innovations and achievements evidenced by recent archaeological findings from both the Southern and Northern Dynasties across four major disciplines: ceramics, sculpture, calligraphy and painting. Each of these disciplines provides a different glimpse into daily and ritual life during this time. Through instability came great artistic innovation, resulting in the emergence of enduring subjects, genres, and themes. This exhibition will highlight these lasting elements of Six Dynasties art, allowing visitors to see and better understand the trajectory of Chinese art that continues to today.
China Institute Gallery Address
100 Washington Street, New York, NY 10006
Temporary entrance: 40 Rector Street, 2nd Floor, New York, NY 10006
Phone: 212-744-8181 Fax: 212-628-4159
Email: [email protected]
Gallery Hours (During Exhibitions)
Monday – Friday: 10:00AM – 5:00PM
Thursday: 10:00AM – 8:00PM
Saturday: 11:00AM – 5:00PM
Sunday: 11:00AM – 5:00PM
Closed: between exhibitions, Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year’s Day and other major holidays, February 20 FREE Thursdays 6:00PM – 8:00PM
Children under 16:Free
If you have any questions or need more information, please contact: [email protected]
The exhibition has been made possible through the support of: The Henry Luce Foundation; Liu Dan, Confucius Institute at China Institute; E. Rhodes and Leona B. Carpenter Foundation; Public Funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council; Jeong Ok and William Carey; and a Humanities New York Action Grant. Accommodation support: Holiday Inn Financial District.
Group Tours: Discover China Through Art (DCTA)
Discover China Through Art
Program in conjunction with the exhibition
Art in a Time of Chaos: Masterworks from Six Dynasties China, 3rd–6th Centuries
October 11, 2016 through March 19, 2017
Discover China Through Art (DCTA), China Institute Gallery’s innovative art education program for groups, will introduce participants to our downtown inaugural exhibition Art in a Time of Chaos: Masterworks from Six Dynasties China, 3rd –6th Centuries. Each group visit consists of a three-part program featuring an introductory video presentation, a docent-led gallery tour, and a hands-on art workshop, all of which can be adapted for different age groups and interests.
By exploring great collections from Chinese museums up close in the Gallery, participants will see artistic innovations and achievements of the Six Dynasties, and how they established the enduring subjects, genres, and themes that have defined Chinese art for generations. The hands-on workshop provides rare opportunities to learn and apply fundamental Chinese ink and brush techniques.
Contact: Insher Pan 212-744-8181 x 147 or by email at [email protected]
Exhibition Press Release
China Institute Gallery Reopens in Lower Manhattan Presents Inaugural Exhibition
Art in a Time of Chaos: Masterworks from Six Dynasties China, 3rd – 6th Centuries
September 30, 2016 – March 19, 2017
New York City – Art in a Time of Chaos: Masterworks from Six Dynasties China, 3rd – 6th Centuries, the inaugural exhibition at China Institute Gallery’s new space at 100 Washington Street in lower Manhattan, will be on view from September 30, 2016, through March 19, 2017. The exhibition is the first major survey to examine Chinese culture and its international influences during the Six Dynasties period, as well as the relationship between the two dominant political centers in the North and South. Art in a Time of Chaos presents more than 100 ceramics, sculpture, calligraphy, and paintings from the 3rd through 6th centuries, many only recently unearthed. Most of the artworks are on public view in the U.S., and a number have not been exhibited in China. The landmark show is organized by China Institute Gallery, the only organization in the U.S. dedicated to showing Chinese art from all periods, and the Nanjing Museum in China.
Exhibition Media Coverage
New York Times, November 18: Chinese History, Writ in Stunning Stone
What a shock to wake up one morning and find armed men, who spoke no language you knew and looked like no people you’d ever seen, roaming the streets of your city. And more shocking still to learn that your protectors — your leaders, your army — had fled in the night. This scene repeated itself many times in China beginning in the third century A.D., when the Han dynasty collapsed and non-Chinese nomads swept down from the north and breached the Great Wall.
They brought fear with them, but other things, too: knowledge, beliefs, and cultural curiosity, which turned into respect, or something like it. That respect worked two ways. Gradually, the invaders came to look, and sound, and be Chinese. And the Chinese began to have an expanded, sharper sense of themselves.
Interview for the Marvels of China: Pathways to the Pacific Rim Show - September 24, 2016
On the Saturday, September 24 broadcast of Marvels of China: Pathways to the Pacific Rim I welcomed Willow Weilan Hai, the director of the China Institute Gallery, to the Conversations segment. She is also the chief curator of Art in a Time of Chaos: Masterworks from Six Dynasties China, 3rd-6th Centuries due to open to the public on Friday, September 30. This is the inaugural exhibition at the China Institute of America’s new headquarters in Lower Manhattan in New York City. The exhibition is the first major survey to examine Chinese culture and its international influence during the Six Dynasties period, as well as the relationship between the two dominant political centers in the South and North. I had the pleasure of previewing this remarkable, not-to-be-missed exhibition in August at the Honolulu Museum of Art in Hawaii.
To learn more and listen to the interview audio, click here.
DNA Info, September 25, 2016: China Institute Exhibits 'Art in a Time of Chaos' For First Downtown Show
FINANCIAL DISTRICT — Chinese art created under 400 years of political upheaval will soon find a home in Lower Manhattan.
The China Institute — which calls itself the country's oldest cultural institution devoted to China — is slated to launch its first art exhibit in its new Washington Street gallery, on Sept. 30, organizers said.
The "Art In A Time Of Chaos: Masterworks From Six Dynasties China, 3rd–6th Centuries" exhibit will be the first display in the China Institute's new 3,000-square-foot gallery space.
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Blouin ArtInfo, Datebook, September 15, 2016: ‘Art in a Time of Chaos’ at China Institute Gallery, New York
The China Institute Gallery in New York will be hosting an exhibition titled “Art in a Time of Chaos: Masterworks from Six Dynasties China, 3rd-6th Centuries” that will be on view from September 30, 2016, through March 19, 2017.
The exhibition is the first major study to explore Chinese culture and its international influence during Six Dynasties period. It also looks into the relationship between the two dominant political centers in the North and South. The Six Dynasties was one of the most dynamic period of Chinese art history, similar to the European Renaissance in terms of impact it had on artistic creativity.
To read the full article, click here.