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Pieces of China, Curator Philip Tinari, 7.2.20

Jul 6, 2020

Pieces of China is an online series using objects to tell the story of China. In our fifth episode, we discover how a single black and white photograph of a cluster of Mao-suited Beijingers crowding around a fence outside China’s National Gallery, encapsulates one of the most electric moments in contemporary Chinese history. Curator Philip […]

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Pieces of China, Scholar Alfreda Murck, 6.18.20

Jun 19, 2020

Pieces of China is an online series using objects to tell the story of China. In our fourth episode, we discover the secret jokes hidden in Along the River During the Qingming Festival, (清明上河圖), a panoramic Song dynasty hand scroll that captures the daily life of people in the Song capital of Bianjing汴京, today’s Kaifeng […]

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Pieces of China: Filmmaker WU Hao, Recap, 6.5.20

Jun 8, 2020

Pieces of China is an online series using objects to tell the story of China. In this second episode of Pieces of China, we talk with award-winning filmmaker WU Hao on his “object,” a thick tome called To Change China: Western Advisors in China, by the great Yale historian Jonathan Spence, as he explains how […]

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Pieces of China: Architect Didi Pei, Recap, 5.28.20

May 29, 2020

Pieces of China is an online series using objects to tell the story of China. In this premiere episode, we wander through Suzhou’s Lions Grove Garden with architect Didi Pei, whose illustrious family once owned it. First constructed in 1342 during the Yuan Dynasty, the Lion Grove Garden 狮子林 demonstrates Chinese garden designers’ adept skills […]

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