Dunhuang Caves Showcase Buddhist Paintings and Sculptures
Presented by Fan Jinshi, director, Dunhuang Academy,
and Mimi Gates, director emerita, Seattle Art Museum
One of the world's great museums—some 500 caves at Dunhuang filled with Buddhist painting and sculpture—were created over 1000 years, between the 4th and 14th centuries, on the Silk Road in northwest China. Using compelling images, Mimi Gates, director emerita of the Seattle Art Museum, introduces these magnificent Buddhist caves and their art, explaining why, how, and for whom they were created, and how they are being preserved today. Then, enjoy a rare opportunity to hear from the celebrated director of the Dunhuang Academy, Fan Jinshi, who tells her inspiring story of 50 years of dedicated effort to preserve this irreplaceable World Heritage site.
In collaboration with The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Friends of Asian Art at the MFAH, the Chao Center for Asian Studies at Rice University, and the Chong Mei Cultural Forum.