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The Caves of Dunhuang: Buddhist Art on China’s Silk Road

Rowe Center

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Feb 22, 10:30am
Rowe Center 10:30am
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Asian Art and History
The Caves of Dunhuang: Buddhist Art on China’s Silk Road

Artis—Naples Lifelong Learning

Mimi Gardner Gates, Ph.D., Director Emeritus of the Seattle Museum of Art and co-chair of the Dunhuang Foundation US

Mimi Gardner Gates presents a lecture introducing the spectacular Buddhist caves of Dunhuang, a UNESCO World Heritage site in China’s northwestern Gobi Desert, on the Silk Roads, and the site’s sculptures and wall paintings, which are among the finest and earliest examples of Buddhist art in China. Founded by Buddhist monks in the fourth century, the caves were the focus of Buddhist worship and cross-cultural interaction for over a thousand years. At the beginning of the 20th century, a stunning discovery was made of a hidden cave containing some 50,000 precious art treasures and manuscripts. The lecture will address the challenges of preserving this magnificent ancient site and its art.

This presentation is part of the Asian Art and History series.

Lecture in John and Jeanne Rowe Performance and Learning Center, lunch in Signature Event Space.

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Mimi Gardner Gates

Mimi Gardner Gates

Mimi Gardner Gates is a scholar of Asian art with a B.A. from Stanford University in Asian History and a doctorate in Art History from Yale University. She was curator and director of the Yale University Art Gallery prior to moving to Seattle. For fifteen remarkable years (1994-2009), she directed the Seattle Art Museum, building the waterfront Olympic Sculpture Park and expanding the downtown museum. She is currently Director Emeritus of the Seattle Art Museum. In addition, Mimi Gates is co-chair of the Dunhuang Foundation, curated the 2016 exhibition Cave Temples of Dunhuang, Buddhist Art on China’s Silk Road at the J. Paul Getty Trust, Los Angeles, and serves as a trustee on many boards including the Gates Cambridge Scholars Trust at Cambridge University, U.K.


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