Symposium : Visualizing Dunhuang, 13−14 novembre 2015

SYMPOSIUM : 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, Universität Heidelberg

Jun Hu, Northwestern University

Annette 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


Concluding Remarks by

WANG Xudong, Director, Dunhuang Academy



Please register online at

NOTE: You will receive an email confirmation, but there will be no text in the body of the email.



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.

More information about accommodations may also be found at



Related Events


Sacred Caves of the Silk Road: Ways of Knowing and Re-creating Dunhuang

Princeton University Art Museum

3 October 2015–10 January 2016


Photography Exhibition

Dunhuang through the Lens of James and Lucy Lo

Department of Art and Archaeology, 1st Floor, McCormick Hall, Princeton University

14 September 2015–23 January 2016



Princeton University, 101 McCormick Hall, 22 October 2015, 4:30 pm

Creating and Re-creating the Mogao Grottoes in Dunhuang

Hsueh-man Shen, Institute of Fine Arts

Sponsored by the Tang Center and the Princeton University Art Museum, with major funding by the Henry Luce Foundation



Princeton University 101 McCormick Hall, 5 November 2015, 4:30 pm

Envisioning Dunhuang’s Caves of a Thousand Buddhas

Zoe S. Kwok, Princeton University Art Museum



Princeton Club of New York, 10 November 2015, 6:30 pm

Dunhuang: Global Gallery of Art and Faith

Roderick Whitfield, Professor Emeritus, SOAS, University of London



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