Silk Roads: Sassanians and Sogdians and Chinese Culture, 220-617 | Morris Rossabi

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    Morris Rossabi


Silk Roads: Sassanians and Sogdians and Chinese Culture, 220-617 | Morris Rossabi


Tuesday May 17 04:00 PM


Doris Duke Theatre

About the Lecture:

This lecture is part of programming for Art in a Time of Chaos: Masterworks from Six Dynasties China, 3rd–6th Centuries.

Historical accounts have often portrayed traditional China as isolated and self-sufficient. This illustrated presentation challenges that view by revealing the significant influence foreigners had on Chinese religion, art, and economy in the period from 220 to 581. During that era, China was not unified, did not have a central government, and was plagued by repeated wars. Despite such political and economic chaos, Chinese culture was resplendent, and Iranians, such as the Sassanians and Sogdians, contributed to its effervescence in religion and the arts, which the illustrations will confirm. 

Morris Rossabi is Distinguished Professor at the City University of New York and Columbia University, and has taught and conducted research on Chinese, Inner Asian and Islamic culture. Author and editor of more than twenty books including Khubilai Khan and A History of China, he has participated in exhibitions at the Asian Art Museum in San Francisco, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Cleveland Museum of Art and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. He served as Chair of the Arts and Culture Board of the Soros Foundation and traveled throughout Turkey, Central Asia, the Caucasus and China in that capacity. Awarded an Honorary Doctorate from the National University of Mongolia, he has also been granted fellowships and residencies from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Smithsonian Institution, the Smith Richardson Foundation, and Shangri La Center for Islamic Arts and Culture, among other organizations. In 2015-2016 he lectured at the University of Pennsylvania Museum, the Rijksmuseum, Salzburg University and the University of Colorado.

This lecture is presented in collaboration with the Doris Duke Foundation for Islamic Art and Shangri La, with travel support provided by Hawaiian Airlines.

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