Chinamania

July 9, 2016 – June 4, 2017

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

Sublevel 1, North Galleries Floor Plan

Chinamania, the craze for Chinese blue-and-white ceramics, swept London in the nineteenth century and still endures in the West. Contemporary artist Walter McConnell, inspired by his travels in China and the kilns as Jindgzhen, interrogates this phenomenon through his reinstallation of Kangxi porcelains similar to those originally displayed in the Peacock Room. The show also includes two monumental ceramic stupas from McConnell’s The Theory of Everything series.