Performing Images: Opera in Chinese Visual Culture

February 13 – June 15, 2014

Mask Designs for Court Opera Characters

During the Ming (1368–1644) and Qing (1644–1911) dynasties, opera lay at the heart of Chinese social and ritual life, from the village to the court, and the spectacle of theater was enjoyed not only on the stage—in costumes, props, and face painting—but also across the full spectrum of Chinese visual culture, from scroll paintings to popular prints.

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Modern Art & Design

Elisabeth and William M. Landes Gallery

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Janis Kanter and Thomas McCormick Gallery

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Edward A. and Inge Maser Gallery

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Robert and Joan Feitler Gallery

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Vera and A. D. Elden Sculpture Garden and Eunice Ratner Reception Gallery

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