Asia in America: Views of Chinese Art from the Indianapolis Museum of Art

September 18, 2004 – March 20, 2005

Arthur M. Sackler Gallery
1050 Independence Avenue, SW
Washington, DC

Sublevel 1 Floor Plan

Of the 54 objects on view, 7 ceramic treasures from the Indianapolis Museum of Art (IMA) -- spanning more than 1,000 years of history -- are juxtaposed with similar items from the Freer Gallery to reveal how different apparently "similar" things can be. In addition, 40 bronze, ceramic, cloisonne, jade, and wood items -- spanning over 4,000 years from the Neolithic period to the Qing dynasty (1644-1911) -- from the IMA's collection illustrate the effects of aesthetic, chronological, and geographic variations, as well as the impact of cultural continuity and tradition. Among the outstanding objects on view are a Qing dynasty purple sandlewood brush pot and a Tang dynasty painted earthenware figure of a noble lady. This exhibition is the first in a continuing series of exhibitions showcasing works from outstanding museums of Asian art throughout the United States collectively titled Asia in America.