BY JOE MARVILLI
Queens College’s Daghlian Collection of Chinese Art is made of more than 1,600 pieces that span 5,000 years of history. Starting this week, the college’ Godwin-Ternbach Museum will put the best bits of this compilation on display for its latest exhibit.
“Highlights of The Daghlian Collection of Chinese Art” is now being exhibited at the museum, remaining available for all to see until Jan. 10, 2015. The display will focus on 60 pieces of art, mainly ceramic, alongside work from Queens College ceramics students, alumni, and faculty who have studied the collection.
Private collector William Daghlian donated the art to Queens College in 2012. The pieces range from the Neolithic “New Stone Age” period to the Qing Dynasty, which ran from 1644 to 1912. Those highlights on display capture every era in that 5,000-year period. Many are personal favorites of Daghlian as well, according to project director Marleen Kassel.
“The ‘Highlights of The Daghlian Collection of Chinese Art’ at Queens College show represents the culmination of two years of work bringing the gift to Queens College, inviting experts in Chinese art review the collection, opening the collection to faculty who teach about Chinese culture and to students interested in art and in China,” Kassel said.
The artistic contributions from several students, faculty and alumni will be shown on the second floor of the museum, with the first floor dedicated to the Daghlian Collection.
Several exhibition programs will accompany the display’s run. On Dec. 3, Morris Rossabi will hold a lecture titled “Yuan Dynasty and Mongols and Art” at noon. At 5 p.m. the same day, Sin-Ying Ho, a professor of ceramics, will join the Queens College contributors to talk about their work. On Dec. 10 at noon, Kassel will hold her own lecture on the collection as a whole.
“We know that people who visit the ‘Highlights of The Daghlian Collection’ at Queens College will come away with an understanding of and an appreciation for Chinese art,” Kassel said. “The show has been carefully put together by experts in the field of Chinese history and Chinese art history working in conjunction with the creative and professional staff of the Godwin-Ternbach Museum.”
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