Asian Art and History
Cultural Crossroads: Inner Mongolia and the Steppe Road, 4th-7th Centuries
Artis—Naples Lifelong Learning
Annette Juliano, Ph.D., Professor Emerita, Rutgers University
For more than a hundred years, the Silk Road with its caravans, merchants and Buddhist monks has captured the imagination of the West. While recent excavations along the coasts of China and Southeast Asia have underlined the importance of the sea routes, an unexpected discovery in northeast Inner Mongolia of a fantastic cemetery of five “Xianbei” tombs highlights the importance of the once neglected Steppe or Northern overland trade routes. This new Inner Mongolian material from the Yihe-Nur cemetery features extremely diverse cultural objects, manifesting nomadic, Chinese and foreign cultural elements. This presentation will address what these newly unearthed materials coupled with older excavations reveal about nomadic cultures, such as shamanistic beliefs, and the cross-cultural activity in Inner Mongolia and north China.
This presentation is part of the Asian Art and History series.
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Experts in Chinese art history are not common, but even more uncommon is one credited with “almost single-handedly” transforming the study of Chinese art. Fortunately for Rutgers University, Newark, that distinction belongs to one of its professors, Dr. Annette Juliano. Juliano, who has curated critically acclaimed exhibitions and authored numerous books and scholarly articles, was recruited to Rutgers in 1992 to serve as chair of the visual and performing arts department.
The art historian is author or editor of numerous books, edited volumes, catalogues and articles, including Buddhist Sculpture from China: Selections from the Xi’an Beilin Museum, Fifth through Ninth Centuries, the catalogue to her critically acclaimed exhibition at the China Institute Gallery in New York in 2007. She also was chosen as the 2008-09 Chancellor’s Distinguished Research Scholar at Rutgers, Newark. Nominator Ian Watson, in reviewing the highlights of her career, noted that Juliano “has almost single-handedly transformed the study of Chinese art by bringing attention to the non-Han minority’s contributions to China’s artistic heritage.” Juliano is frequently invited to share her extensive knowledge of Chinese art through presentations at national and international scholarly conferences.
A Rutgers-Newark alumna, Juliano received her B.A. in fine arts in 1965, and was admitted to Phi Beta Kappa that year. Juliano earned her master’s degree in oriental studies from the University of Pennsylvania in 1968. She holds a Ph.D. in Asian art from New York University’s Institute of Fine Arts, awarded in 1974. Juliano has been a Woodrow Wilson Fellow and received fellowships from New York University, as well as a post-doctoral fellowship from the Wang Institute.