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Symposia 2015−2016

A limited number of rooms at the Nassau Inn are available at a special rate on a first come, first served basis. The deadline for booking rooms, as available, is 12 October 2015. Please book your room by calling the Reservation Department of the Nassau Inn at 800-862-7728 and using the Booking ID 20520 for "Visualizing Dunhuang." Reservations may also be made through the Nassau Inn Website. Follow the link to the "Groups" tab. When asked for the "Attendee code," please enter the Booking ID 20520.

Visualizing Dunhuang
Friday and Saturday, 13−14 November 2015

Keynote Lectures, Friday, 3:30 to 5:30 pm
Speaker Program, Saturday, 8:30 am to 6:00 pm

McCosh 50
Princeton University
Organized by the P.Y. and Kinmay W. Tang Center for East Asian Art with the Princeton University Art Museum, in conjunction with the exhibition Sacred Caves of the Silk Road: Ways of Knowing and Re-creating Dunhuang, in the Art Museum, and the photography exhibition Dunhuang through the Lens of James and Lucy Lo, in the Department of Art and Archaeology at Princeton University
The symposium is made possible by major funding from the Henry Luce Foundation; with additional support from the Dunhuang Foundation; and from the Buddhist Studies Workshop, the Program in East Asian Studies, and the Department of Art and Archaeology at Princeton University.

Located at the convergence of the northern and southern routes of the ancient Silk Road on the edge of the Taklamakan desert in western China, Dunhuang is one of the richest Buddhist sites in China, with nearly 500 cave temples constructed between the fourth and the fourteenth century. The sculptures, murals, portable paintings, and manuscripts found in the caves represent nearly every aspect of Buddhism, both doctrinally and artistically. This symposium will explore the many ways in which Dunhuang has been visualized, by the architects, builders, and artists who made the caves as well as by twentieth-century explorers and photographers, conservators, and contemporary artists.

Keynote Lecturers

Mimi Gardner Gates, Chair of the Board of Trustees, Dunhuang Foundation; Director Emerita, Seattle Art Museum

FAN Jinshi, Director Emerita, Dunhuang Academy


Neville Agnew, The Getty Conservation Institute

Sarah Fraser, Institute of East Asian Art History, Universitat Heidelberg

Jun Hu, Northwestern University

Annettte Juliano, Rutgers University

Wei-Cheng Lin, University of Chicago

Maria Menshikova, The State Hermitage Museum

Joseph Scheier-Dolberg, The Metropolitan Museum of Art

ZHANG Hongtu, New York

ZHAO Shengliang, Dunhuang Academy

Distinguished lecturer

WANG Xudong, Director, Dunhuang Academy


More information will be posted in late summer.