1983 – 1984

In the Spirit of Dunhuang: Studies by Zhang Hongtu

March 16 – April 9, 1984

An exhibition of Zhang Hong-tu’s works, which present a contemporary interpretation of the spirit of Dunhuang, a city in Western China and notably home to many works of Buddhist art found in caves. Catalogue includes a foreword by Robert Lee. Preface by guest curator Ross Lewis. Essays by Annette Juliano and Zhang Hongtu.

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Chihung Yang: Works on Paper

April 27 - May 26, 1984

An exhibition of Chihung Yang’s works on paper (a contrast to his larger works on canvas), centered on themes of memory. His works express past and present in coexistence and his desire for his art not to be seen as tied to his identities but simply for it to reflect the spirit of his era. Catalogue includes an introduction by Robert Lee, essay by John Yau, and several color illustrations. Curated by Robert Lee.

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Door Gods and Other Household Deities

May 12 - June 16, 1984; December 9 - January 2, 1985

Rooted in the folk practices and beliefs of China, diverse paper gods are often placed on the doors and in various areas of the house, especially during holidays; they are invested with a wonderful sense of enchantment, piety and humor.

Introduction by Anne Goodrich. Essays by Maxine Miska and Robert Lee. Talk on Chinese folk religion and art on December 11 by Dr. Chi Chong Lee Lao, Howard University and Dr. Sha Shung, Pse of Georgetown University. Sponsored by the Chinese Community & Cultural Center in Washington. This exhibition traveled to the Jamaica Arts Center (May – June), the Martin Luther King Library in Washington, DC (December – January).

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