IU Art Museum Chinese Collection

October 25, 2012

Today, a Harmony high school class visited the IU Art Museum to see some of their Chinese collection. The trip was part of the Cultural Arts of China and Tibet class, taught by Paul Swanson. The class has been learning about the history, philosophies, and art of the Shang, Zhou, Qin and Han dynasties, so this was a good opportunity for the students to connect their knowledge with actual objects.

In addition, the class got to see two special exhibits on Chinese art offered by the museum. The first was a series of woodblock prints made by Utagawa Kuniyoshi from Japan. The prints were based off of a text by Chinese scholar Guō Jūjìng from the 13th century.  The second exhibit was called “Threads of Love: Baby Carriers from China’s Minority Nationalities”.  In it, students were able to see some of the beautiful silk and cotton textiles from all over China.

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