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.
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-Dohlberg, The Metropolitan Museum of Art