In conjunction with Unearthed, the Clark is offering a number of public lectures and programs related to the exhibition. All events are free and open to the public unless otherwise noted. For more information about these events, call 413 458 0524 or visit the calendar of events.
11:15 am and 2:00 pm in July and August
Learn about what’s happening at the Clark including information about our summer exhibitions (40 min. presentation followed by a question and answer opportunity with a museum educator).
Regular Family Activity
Monday through Thursday in July and August from 2:00 to 4:00 pm
A family activity to learn about mingqi—traditional Chinese “spirit utensils” in the shape of mythical beasts, graceful dancers, and everyday objects—and make your own! Get inspired by the mingqi on view in the exhibition Unearthed, or create your very own creatures using clay, molds, and other tools. This event is fun for all ages and free with gallery admission.
“Unearthed” and Notions of Ethnic Identity in Medieval China
Sunday, July 29 at 3:00 pm
Drawing on literary works, historical documents, and material culture, Williams College Associate Professor of Chinese, Christopher Nugent, will examine key aspects of ethnic and cultural identity in medieval China, and explore what the concept of “Chinese” meant then and the implications for changing notions of ethnicity in China today.
Song Shaozu’s Sarcophagus: Coffin and Tomb Making in 5th-8th Century China
Sunday, August 19 at 3:00 pm
A successful journey to the afterlife required anticipating the needs of the deceased and correctly preparing a tomb. University of Pennsylvania Professor of East Asian Art, Nancy Steinhardt, will “unearth” the mysteries of Song Shaozu’s sarcophagus, the highlight of our summer exhibition.
Members Gallery Talk
Thursday, July 19 at 9:30 am
Tom Loughman, Assistant Deputy Director, takes visitors behind the scenes of Unearthed, our exciting summer exhibition. This event is free but space is limited and reservations are required. To register for this event, please call 413 458 0585.
In conjunction with our summer exhibitions Unearthed and Through Shên-kan, two free film series explore the themes of explorers in foreign lands and Chinese culture. Films are screened on Mondays at 3:00 pm.
Adventures in Exploration
The Man Who Would Be King
Monday, July 2, 2012 (129 min.)
Mountains of the Moon
Monday, July 9, 2012 (140 min.)
Monday, July 16, 2012 (158 min.)
China Looks in the Mirror
Monday, July 23, 2012 (100 min., Chinese with subtitles)
Monday, August 6, 2012 (125 min., Chinese with subtitles)
Monday, August 13, 2012 (129 min., Chinese with subtitles)
Monday, August 20, 2012 (112 min., Chinese with subtitles)
Last Train Home
Monday, August 27, 2012 (85 min., Chinese with subtitles)
Through Shaanxi and Gansu
Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays in July and August, at 12:15 pm
After learning about Sterling Clark’s 1908-9 expedition through northern China, photographer Li Ju set out on a personal quest to reshoot modern images of the sites and scenes that were originally photographed by Clark’s expeditionary team. Li’s trek was captured in a documentary presentation that aired over five nights on CCTV, the national TV station of the People’s Republic of China, recounting the story of the original expedition along with that of the equally arduous journey Li undertook some 100 years later. This English-language short film provides a 45-minute overview of the full documentary. Admission is free. (45 min.)
China’s Terracotta Warriors
Every Tuesday in July and August, at 12:15 pm
Actor Liev Schreiber narrates this PBS documentary on the 8,000 life-size terracotta warriors discovered by Chinese archaeologists in 1974 near the city of Xian. An amazing archaeological find, the terracotta warriors date back more than two thousand years. This film investigates the story behind China’s terracotta warriors and documents their restoration. Admission is free. (60 min.)