University of Pittsburgh
June 20, 2001

PITT HISTORY PROFESSOR ORGANIZES SMITHSONIAN ART EXHIBITION

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PITTSBURGH, June 21 -- University of Pittsburgh history professor Evelyn Rawski of the Asian Studies Program is co-organizer of "Worshiping the Ancestors: Chinese Commemorative Portraits," on display at the Smithsonian's Arthur M. Sackler Gallery from now through Sept. 9.

The exhibition includes intricately detailed, brightly colored, nearly life-size portraits, as well as textiles, furniture, and other Chinese objects created between 1451 and 1943. It is the first exhibit in the West in more than a half century to focus on Chinese ancestor portraits, and is both the largest and most rigorous in explaining the history and socio-religious importance of this category of painting.

A fully illustrated 216-page book, titled "Worshiping the Ancestors: Chinese Commemorative Portraits," accompanies the exhibition. Stanford University Press, in association with the Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, published the book. Written by Rawski and Jan Stuart, associate curator of Chinese art at the Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, the book includes most of the images of the Sackler's Chinese portrait collection as well as analytical essays.

For more information on the exhibition, see http://www.asia.si.edu.

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