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Secrets of the Sea: A Tang Shipwreck and Early Trade in Asia

Asia Society hosts a keynote address by scholar Regina Krahl on the eve of a daylong symposium co-organized with Columbia University. This landmark symposium represents the first academic gathering in the United States to present a comprehensive review of the cargo of the Belitung shipwreck and the maritime trade routes of the ninth century with a view to broadening the understanding of the profound cultural significance of the find.

When:
April 21, 2017 6:30pm to 9:00pm
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Asia Society hosts a keynote address by scholar Regina Krahl on the eve of a daylong symposium co-organized with Columbia University. This landmark symposium represents the first academic gathering in the United States to present a comprehensive review of the cargo of the Belitung shipwreck and the maritime trade routes of the ninth century with a view to broadening the understanding of the profound cultural significance of the find.
 
Followed by a reception and a viewing of the Asia Society exhibition Secrets of the Sea: A Tang Shipwreck and Early Trade in Asia.
 
Regina Krahl is an independent Researcher of Chinese art based in London. A former President of the Oriental Ceramic Society, she worked as Acting Curator of Chinese Ceramics at the British Museum, and as Academic Advisor and Consulting Curator for the Sir Percival David Collection. She acted as Curator or Advisor for many international museums including the Asia Society, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, China Institute in America, and Brooklyn Museum of Art, New York; Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, Washington, D.C.; Art Institute of Chicago; Cleveland Museum of Art; High Museum of Art, Atlanta; Middlebury College Museum of Art; the Royal Academy of Arts, London; Museum of Asian Art, Berlin; Musée Cernuschi, Paris; and National Museum of History, Taipei. She has lectured and published widely on Chinese ceramics and other works of art. Her many publications include the catalogue raisonné, Chinese Ceramics in the Topkapi Saray Museum, Istanbul (3 vols, 1986, ed. John Ayers); and Chinese Ceramics from the Meiyintang Collection (4 vols, 1994-2010). She co-edited Shipwrecked. Tang Treasures and Monsoon Winds (2010).
 
Symposium at Columbia University: Saturday, April 22, 10:00 am-5:00 pm (Registration and coffee at 9:30 am)
 
Speakers and moderators for the Tang Center for Early China at Columbia University Symposium include:
  • Bryan Averbuch, CUNY
  • Dora Ching, P.Y. and Kinmay W. Tang Center for East Asian Art at Princeton University (moderator)
  • John Guy, The Metropolitan Museum of Art
  • Derek Heng, Northern Arizona University and the Nalanda-Sriwijaya Center, Institute of Southeast Asian Studies (Singapore)
  • François Louis, Bard Graduate Center
  • Victor Mair, University of Pennsylvania
  • Adriana Proser, Asia Society Museum, New York (moderator)
  • Liu Yang, The Minneapolis Institute of Art
 
The symposium takes place at Columbia University in The World Room at Pulitzer Hall (formerly Journalism Hall). Enter the campus at W.116 and Broadway.
 
To register for the symposium on Saturday email: info@tangcenter-columbia.org by April 17.
 
Co-organized by Asia Society and the Tang Center for Early China at Columbia University.

 

Cost: 
Free

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