Current Exhibition

Art of the Mountain: Through the Chinese Photographer’s Lens

February 8, 2018 – August 18, 2019

Exhibition Overview:

In Chinese legend, mountains are the pillars that hold up the sky. Mountains were seen as places that nurture life. Their veneration took the form of rituals, retreat from social society, and aesthetic appreciation with a defining role in Chinese art and culture.

Art of the Mountain will consist of three sections: Revered Mountains of China will introduce the geography, history, legends, and culture that are associated with Chinese mountains and will include photographs by Hou Heliang, Kang Songbai and Kang Liang, Li Daguang, Lin Maozhao, Li Xueliang, Lu Hao, Zhang Anlu, Xiao Chao, Yan Shi, Wang Jing, Zhang Jiaxuan, Zhang Huajie, and Zheng Congli. Landscape Aesthetics in Photography will present Wang Wusheng’s photography of Mount Huangshan, also known as Yellow Mountain, to reflect the renowned Chinese landscape painting aesthetic and its influence. New Landscape Photography includes the works of Hong Lei, Lin Ran, Lu Yanpeng, Shao Wenhuan, Taca Sui, Xiao Xuan’an, Yan Changjiang, Yang Yongliang, Yao Lu, Zeng Han, Gao Hui, and Feng Yan, who express their thoughts on the role of mountains in society.

The exhibition is curated by Willow Weilan Hai, Director, China Institute Gallery; Jerome Silbergeld, P. Y. and Kinmay W. Tang Professor of Chinese Art History at Princeton University, Emeritus; and photography critic and photographer Jiang Rong.

Gallery Hours (During Exhibitions)

Monday – Friday: 10:00AM – 5:00PM
Thursday: 10:00AM – 8:00PM
Saturday: 11:00AM – 5:00PM
Closed on Sundays and major holidays

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]


Located in the Downtown of Manhattan on 100 Washington Street, at the corner of Washington St & Rector St, China Institute is easily reached by public transportation.

By Subway
Take R 1 to Rector Street, or take 4 5 to Wall Street, or take A C to Fulton Street, then transfer 4 5 to Wall Street.

By Bus
Take M5 bus Southbound to Trinity Place and Rector Street, or take M20 bus Southbound End Avenue, or take M22 bus Southbound to Vesey Street.

By Path
Hoboken/Newark to World Trade Center


Adults $10/ Students and seniors (with valid ID) $5
Children under 16: free
Members of China Institute: free
Thursday 5:00PM–8:00PM: free admission

If you have any questions or need more information, please contact: [email protected]

Major exhibition support for Art of the Mountain has been provided by Masahiro Hashiguchi. Art of the Mountain is also made possible in part by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature; and by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.Additional support has been provided by: Confucius Institute Headquarters; Shirley and Walter Wang; Gayle Ong and James Chin; Marie and Shau Wai Lam; The Rosenkranz Foundation; Dame Jillian and Dr. Arthur M. Sackler Foundation for the Arts, Sciences and Humanities; Miranda Wong Tang; Laurie Jue-Ying and David Ying; and other individual and institutional funders.

*Funders to date

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