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On the Silk Road and the High Seas: Chinese Ceramics, Culture, and Commerce September 1, 2012–January 27, 2013 On the Silk Road and the High Seas: Chinese Ceramics, Culture, and Commerce examines why Chinese ceramics were such prized commodities, both at home and abroad. Examples of proto-porcelain appeared in China about 3,000 years ago, and hard-paste porcelain began to be made around 1,800 years ago. This precious product was sometimes called “white gold,” especially in the West. Foreign trade and changing domestic markets played a role in stimulating Chinese potters to continually reinvent their repertoire of shapes and decorative techniques. These exchanges also illuminate important episodes in cultural history.   The earliest era of Chinese trade with lands to the west began over 2,000 years ago. Before there was a Silk Road, Chinese records refer to a Jade Road, where traders from the East and West met at the oasis of Khotan in Central Asia. There the Chinese acquired the type of gemstone they valued most. From the 1st through the 14th century, overland and maritime exchanges of ideas and goods between China, the Mediterranean world, Japan, and Central and Southeast Asia were never controlled by a single political power. For much of its length, the overland road was a fragile chain stretched across inhospitable desert and mountain terrain. Ships sailed unpredictable seas from one small city-state to another. Many were swept off course and sank, such as two recently discovered cargoes of 9thand 14th-century Chinese ceramics. During the 18th century, a flourishing shipping business, known as the “China Trade,” developed between Western nations and the Chinese port of Canton in the upper reaches of the Pearl River Delta. Trade concentrated on tea, silk, and inexpensive porcelain. “Fancy” goods and special orders—like the armorial porcelain and large decorative pieces, particularly punch bowls—were privately traded by ships’ officers. At this time, the European porcelain industry was in its infancy and production of large pieces of porcelain was problematic there. Throughout history, the exchange of goods and ideas was never one-sided. Novel ideas from the West fascinated the emperors of the Qing dynasty (1644–1911), inspiring the creation of imperial wares, such as the pattern known in the West as mille-fleur and in China as wanhuajin. Jesuits working in Chinese imperial workshops were a conduit for European imagery and thoughts, such as the mille-fleur design often depicted in easily transportable 18th-century European engravings. The Chinese version of the mille-fleur motif found favor as a pattern on Yongzheng imperial porcelain (1723–35) and continues to be admired in China to this day. On such wares, flowers of the four seasons miraculously bloom at the same time. One reason for the appeal of this design is its association with a preexisting Chinese proverb foretelling prosperity: “May one hundred flowers bloom.” Featuring over sixty objects, On the Silk Road and the High Seas explores these and other tales, revealing why Chinese ceramics were so desirable at home and abroad. On the Silk Road and the High Seas: Chinese Ceramics, Culture, and Commerce was organized by the Norton Museum of Art, West Palm Beach, Florida.

Thursday, September 6: Members’ Reception | 6 PM


jar and cover. Song–Yuan dynasty, 13th century, Longquan kilns. Stoneware, celadon glaze. Norton Museum of Art, Gift of R.H. Norton, 50.38a-b. ©Norton Museum of Art. (TOP RIGHT) Hound with collar and bell. Qing dynasty, Qianlong reign, about 1750–1775. Porcelain, overglaze enamel decoration and gilding. Norton Museum of Art, Gift of Leo and Doris Hodroff, 2002.85. ©Norton Museum of Art. (BOTTOM) Pair of bough-pots. Qing dynasty, Qianlong period, late 18th century. Porcelain, overglaze enamel decoration and gilding. Norton Museum of Art, Gift of Leo and Doris Hodroff, 2002.104.1-.2a-b. ©Norton Museum of Art. FRONT COVER:

Peacock blue fish vase with ormolu mount. Qing dynasty, Jiaqing reign (1796–1820). Gilt bronze mounts in Louis XV style, 19th century. Porcelain, overglaze enamel or enamel-on-biscuit decoration. Norton Museum of Art, Gift of The Leo and Doris Hodroff Collection, 2003.181.2a-b. ©Norton Museum of Art.

Noble Change: Tantric Art of the High Himalaya Open through January 5, 2014 This exhibition of sculptures and textiles is the first presentation drawn from a collection of tantric art recently acquired by Trammell S. Crow. It inaugurates a series of presentations and programs that will unfold over the coming years exploring the rich tradition of tantric art made in the Himalayan regions to serve the practices that developed there as Vajrayana Buddhism (in Sanskrit vajra means “indestructible” and yana means “vehicle” or “path”). Since its opening in March, Noble Change has drawn interest from media, devotees of tantric practice, and art lovers around the world. The Dallas Morning News noted that this exhibition served to rescue “tantric” from its hippie connotations and raved that these pieces “inspire a range of emotions—compassion and peace and ferocity.”

Sarva Buddha Dakini (“Dakini of All the Buddhas,” Tib. Naro Khandroma) (detail). Sino-Tibetan culture, circa early 19th century. Copper alloy, hammered high relief gilded and painted. From the collection of Trammell S. Crow, L2011.63.

Miniature mountain. China, Qing dynasty (1644–1911), Qianlong period (1736–1795). Nephrite with mineral occlusions. Crow Collection of Asian Art, 1986.22.

Qualities of Jade Open through February 17, 2013 Jade is more than a stone; it is an ideal. Some 2,500 years ago, Confucius (Kong Qiu or Kongzi, 551–479 B.C.) provided a list of likenesses between particular sensual qualities of carved jades—such as luster, surface angularity, and veining patterns—and qualities of perfected human character—such as benevolence, loyalty, and virtue. For this exhibition, Chinese carved jades have been chosen from the Crow Collection and matched with each of the equivalencies in Confucius’s text. Viewers are invited to test the relationship of sense qualities and character traits for themselves, and to seek understanding of these likenesses from within their own experience. This exhibition is in partnership with the Confucius Institute.

Young Official (detail). China, late Ming dynasty, 16th century. Bronze. Crow Collection of Asian Art, 1978.12.

The Crow Collection Begins Installation of the New Sculpture Garden The Crow Collection of Asian Art has begun installation of the new outdoor gallery surrounding the Trammell Crow Center, as well as interior placements in the lobby of the building. This exciting project expands the footprint of the Crow Collection of Asian Art and features traditional Japanese landscaping, three Chinese commissioned pieces, and additional works from the museum’s collection. “I have always considered the Crow Collection to be a museum without walls. In Asia, art and the environment coexist naturally. This garden will be a place for Dallas Arts District visitors to find art and Asia in unexpected places,” said Trammell Crow, chairman of the Crow Collection of Asian Art. Pieces already on display include a Ming dynasty Young Official and Qing dynasty jade Four Seasons Screens. Later this fall, one of the premier pieces in the garden will be installed—an authentic bronze Japanese Temple Bell that will reside on the northwest corner of the Trammell Crow Center building. The bell will serve as a centerpiece for a new tradition at the Crow Collection of Asian Art—the Japanese New Year Bell-Ringing Ceremony. The ceremony will follow the Japanese custom in which the “end of the year bell” (joya no kane) is struck 108 times before midnight on New Year’s Eve, symbolically welcoming the New Year and curbing the 108 mortal desires (bonno), which according to Buddhist belief torment humankind. Tolling the bell enables the start of a prosperous and joyous New Year. Mark your calendar now for the official unveiling of the completed garden at a gala planned for Friday, October 5, 2013. For updates on the progress of the installation, visit







AdventureAsia: Family Days at the Crow | Free Day of Yoga Kick-Off. Start September with a sun salutation and join the fun as we prepare for the 2012 DFW Free Day of Yoga! Enjoy yoga mini-sessions for all ages, face painting, art activities, family tours of the collection, complimentary tea, and treats. 10 AM–3 PM FREE



Afternoon in the Arts District | Part of the Closing Ceremony of the 2012 Japan-America Grassroots Summit in North Texas. Presented in partnership with the John Manjiro Whitfield Commemorative Center for International Exchange, Japan-America Society of Dallas/Fort Worth, and UT Dallas Asia Center. The Japan-America Grassroots Summit is an annual gathering of Japanese and American citizens held alternately in Japan and the United States. Each year the summit aims to strengthen the peaceful relationship between the two countries by fostering friendships at the grassroots level. Participants in this year’s summit are invited to explore the Dallas Arts District and celebrate the connection between Japan and Texas. 3–5 PM FREE



Gallery Talk: Noble Change: Tantric Art of the High Himalaya | Presented in partnership with the Dallas Museum of Art. Join Crow Collection curator Caron Smith for insight into the exhibition. Enjoy an introduction to the elaborated human shapes and emotional expressions found in these sculptures and textiles as well as to the symbolic language of tantric Buddhist art and its use in practices to shift notions of reality. No reservation required. 12:15 PM FREE



Members’ Reception | On the Silk Road and the High Seas: Chinese Ceramics, Culture, and Commerce. 6 PM FREE for Friends of the Crow Collection. Please reply by Tuesday, September 4, to



Artful Bites: Travels and Treasures | What better way to end your workweek than with a delicious taste of art! Join museum educators for a quick fifteen-minute gallery talk. This month will feature a talk about the new exhibition On the Silk Road and the High Seas: Chinese Ceramics, Culture, and Commerce. 12:30 PM FREE



OFFSITE India Dance Festival with Indian Classical Music Circle | India Dance Festival will present several fine dance performances by some of the leading artists featuring Odissi and Kathak styles. Kathak, the dance style from north India, has the charm and subtlety associated with miniature paintings. Odissi, a recognized form of Indian classical dance, is from the eastern state of Orissa. Odissi dates back to the 2nd century B.C. and is well known for its grace, fluid movements, and strong footwork. University Theater, University of Texas at Dallas. 7:30 PM FREE for ICMC members; FREE for UTD staff and students; $20 for students, $30 for the general public. For tickets visit





Screening and Reception: Escape Fire: The Fight to Rescue American Healthcare | Presented in partnership with the Dallas Film Society. This film tackles one of the most pressing issues of our time: how can we save our badly broken healthcare system? Join us for a screening and a panel discussion on the movement to bring innovative high-touch, low-cost methods of prevention and healing into our high-tech, costly system. 7 PM $10 for the public, FREE for Friends of the Crow Collection. For reservations call 214-979-6438.


Crow Collection After Dark: On the Silk Road and the High Seas | The Silk Road stretched from eastern China to the Black Sea, linking the great civilizations of East Asia with those of Europe. Hop on this superhighway of shared ideas: head to the Silk Road Lounge for musical performances from around the world, tour the exhibition, embark on a scavenger hunt, create a ceramic bowl, and find treasures at the Lotus Shop Trunk Show. 6 PM–Midnight FREE


Brown Bag Lunch and Lecture with Dr. Carolyn Matthews: Eating for a Better Fit in Your Genes | Pack a healthy lunch and learn about the powerful effects of diet on genetic expression. Childhood on a farm, a centenarian grandmother, and personal and vocational experiences have made Dr. Matthews a passionate believer in the role of lifestyle and nutrition in the creation of best health. Initially trained in gynecologic oncology at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Dr. Matthews has been on staff at Baylor University Medical Center since 1991. Noon FREE Avatar Lecture Series: The Avatar Returns—Reincarnation and Continuity of Existence | Presented by the School of Metaphysics. Ever wondered what your existence may have been prior to this lifetime? Have you considered what you will experience when you die, leaving your physical body? The nature of existence beyond the physical realm remains a mystery to most people. Learn about Eastern views of life after death as well as intuitive research done by the School of Metaphysics. 7 PM FREE


OFFSITE Xuefei Yang Concert at the University of Texas at Dallas | In partnership with the UT Dallas School of Arts and Humanities, UT Dallas Asia Center, and Confucius Institute. Internationally acclaimed guitarist, Xuefei (Fei) Yang comes to the university to celebrate the founding of the UT Dallas Asia Center. The first Chinese student awarded a full scholarship to the Royal Academy of Music in London, she was praised by the New York Times for her “feisty virtuosity, impeccable technique and sensitive musicianship.” Fei has given concerts throughout Asia, Europe, and North America. 8 PM To purchase tickets, call 972-883-2552. PHOTO BY NEIL MUIR


Chamber Music in the Galleries | Chamber Music in the Galleries is a three-part concert series held in the spring, summer, and fall. Enjoy crisp wines and brisk bites as you listen to captivating live chamber music. Hear how only a handful of artists can create melodies that completely fill the galleries. Featured musicians: Helen Blackburn, Principal Flute of the Dallas Opera; Ann Marie Hudson, Associate Principal Viola of the Dallas Symphony; Naoko Nakamura, Principal Harp of the Dallas Wind Symphony. This fall’s concert will feature a flute, viola, and harp trio performing works by Debussy and Takemitsu. Reservations not required. 3 PM FREE






Artful Bites: Rules of Trade in Canton, China | After enjoying your Friday lunch at the food trucks on Flora Street, meet the education staff and sink your teeth into a quick gallery talk at the museum. This month will feature a talk on works of art featured in the exhibition On the Silk Road and the High Seas: Chinese Ceramics, Culture, and Commerce. 12:30 PM FREE



Adventure Asia: Family Days at the Crow—How to Build an Asian Sculpture Garden | Start Art in October’s monthlong celebration of the arts with a day learning the behind-the-scenes elements of building an Asian Sculpture Garden. Meet the installation staff of the Crow Collection and discover how to build a crate to ship a sculpture across an ocean and celebrate the different sculptures that will soon live in a garden. Enjoy family tours, learn about the different trees, flowers, and elements of nature found within the garden, and create works of art using natural materials. 10 AM—2 PM FREE


Avatar Lecture Series: Lucid Dreaming, Astral Projection, and the Spirit World | Presented by the School of Metaphysics. Is there a mysterious “other world” where we dream, travel beyond our body, and meet people who have passed on after death? Join Dr. Damian Nordmann and the School of Metaphysics to explore the inner levels of consciousness and how they can have meaning to you. 7 PM FREE


Gallery Talk and Tasting of Teas with The Cultured Cup | In the exhibition On the Silk Road and the High Seas: Chinese Ceramics, Culture, and Commerce, tea is the commodity that connects every object, trader, and story along the Silk Road Join Kyle Stewart, co-owner of The Cultured Cup and Certified Tea Specialist for an evening dedicated to discovering, and tasting, different types of teas commonly traded along the route. 7 PM $10 for the public, FREE for Friends of the Crow Collection. Seating is limited and reservations are required by Friday, October 12; call 214-979-6438.

Events marked with this symbol are for Friends of the Crow Collection only or offered at a reduced price for Friends as a privilege of membership.





Crow Collection After Dark: Art in October | Presented in partnership with the Dallas Arts District. Stay up late in the Dallas Arts District to celebrate Art in October. Enjoy Asian performances, tours of the exhibition On the Silk Road and the High Seas: Chinese Ceramics, Culture, and Commerce, sweet treats and delicious desserts from area food trucks, complimentary Asian beer, and an evening completed with karaoke. Feast your eyes on beautiful shawls and textiles from artisans throughout the world in the Lotus Shop Trunk Show. 6 PM–Midnight FREE


OFFSITE Concert with the Shanghai Quartet | Presented by Dallas Chamber Music. Renowned for its passionate musicality, impressive technique, and multicultural innovations, the Shanghai Quartet has become one of the world’s foremost chamber ensembles. Its elegant style melds the delicacy of Eastern music with the emotional breadth of Western repertoire, allowing it to traverse musical genres from traditional Chinese folk music and masterpieces of Western music to cutting-edge contemporary works. 8–10 PM Tickets $40; visit


Lecture with Dr. Johan Elverskog: Porcelain, the China Trade, and the Making of the Modern World | Join Johan Elverskog, Professor of Religious Studies at Southern Methodist University, for an enlightened evening discussion of how the Silk Road helped build the world we live in today. 7 PM $10 for the public, FREE for Friends of the Crow Collection. Seating is limited; to make reservations call 214-979-6438.


Art in October Grand Finale: A Closing Celebration | Presented in partnership with the Dallas Arts District. Sample Asian candies, create autumn-inspired origami art, and try Yogiños: Yoga for Youth® family yoga as the Dallas Arts District brings to a close another fantastic Art in October. Noon–5 PM FREE






Artful Bites: Made in China | Enjoy lunch at the food trucks on Flora Street and then join a quick fifteen-minute gallery talk. This month will feature a talk about works of art designed in Europe but made in China in the special exhibition On the Silk Road and the High Seas: Chinese Ceramics, Culture, and Commerce. 12:30 PM FREE Educator Workshop: Yogiños: Yoga for Youth® Training | Through Sunday, November 4. Yogiños: Yoga for Youth® is an OHMazing trilingual children’s yoga program in English, Spanish, and Sanskrit that uses original music, games, and stories to teach respect and awareness of self, others, and the environment both on and off the mat. Yoga training through certification is a minimum of forty hours, including on-site training and additional curriculum requirements. Friday 6–9 PM, Saturday and Sunday 10 AM–6 PM $375 with 10% off when paid-in-full two weeks prior to training; full-time preK–12 teachers and college students: 30% off; $100 deposit due two weeks prior to start to reserve your space. No refunds. To register contact or call 512-626-0274.



AdventureAsia: Family Days at the Crow—Travels and Treasures of the Silk Road | Embark on a journey as you head across the Silk Road! Enjoy musical performances from around the world, join tours of the exhibition On the Silk Road and the High Seas: Chinese Ceramics, Culture, and Commerce, set out on a scavenger hunt through the museum, create your own ceramic bowl, and discover the travels and treasures along the Silk Road. 10 AM–2 PM FREE



Wellness Lecture: Slow Art with Arden Reed | In partnership with UT Dallas and the Baylor Health Care System Virginia R. Cvetko Patient Education Center. In an image-saturated environment, how do we slow down long enough to have meaningful encounters with aesthetic objects? Join Arden Reed, Arthur M. and Fanny M. Dole Professor of English at Pomona College, Claremont, California, for an evening exploring the territory between still and moving images in this age of cultural acceleration. 7:30 PM $10 for the public, FREE for Friends of the Crow Collection. Seating is limited; to make reservations call 214-979-6438.


Sounds of the Silk Road: Concert and Lunch | Treat yourself to a traditional Japanese bento box and lunchtime introduction to the museum’s Japanese collection. After lunch, enjoy a concert with Naoko Nakamura Stromberg, Dallas Wind Symphony Principal Harpist, and Michael Shih, Concertmaster of the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra. Following the concert will be a talk on the music of the Silk Road and a private tour of the exhibition On the Silk Road and the High Seas. Lunch graciously provided by the five-star rated Tei-An. 11:30 AM Concert, 12:30 PM Lunch and Talk, 1 PM Tour $30 for the public, $20 for Friends of the Crow Collection. Seating is limited and reservations are required by Friday, November 2; call 214-979-6438 for tickets.





Crow Collection After Dark: Celebrate Diwali! | Diwali is a festival of lights celebrated throughout India and among Indians worldwide. Hindus, Jains, and Sikhs commemorate different auspicious events, but each is a moment of victory of good over evil, light disbursing darkness. Celebrate Diwali with an evening of henna, sweets, a dance with diyas (small lamps), meditation, art-making activities, storytelling, and more. 6 PM– Midnight FREE


Avatar Lecture Series: Entering the Avatar State—Kundalini and Mystical Experience | Presented by the School of Metaphysics. Kundalini has been referred to as creative energy, healing energy, and holy fire. It is the most powerful energy available to humanity. Each person possesses the ability to draw upon kundalini, yet few people know how to use it or how to court it to produce understanding and wisdom. Join the School of Metaphysics as we share how anyone can experience mystical states of joy, love, and bliss and enter into the true “Avatar State.” 7 PM FREE


OFFSITE Holidays in the District | Kick-off the holiday season in the Dallas Arts District with the annual Tree Lighting, a photo-op with Santa Claus, performances throughout the evening, art activities, and more. 5–9 PM FREE



AdventureAsia: Family Days at the Crow—Asian Winter Festival | Celebrate winter festivals from across Asia and create gifts to give to family and friends this holiday season. Origami ornaments by two young artisans are featured in the Lotus Shop; the purchase of these delightful creations raises funds for clean water in developing countries. 10 AM–2 PM FREE ORIGAMI PHOTO COURTESY OF THE DALLAS MORNING NEWS



Artful Bites: Ceramic Bowls | After a scrumptious lunch at the food trucks on Flora Street, enjoy a quick fifteen-minute gallery talk focused on the ceramic bowls in the exhibition On the Silk Road and the High Seas: Chinese Ceramics, Culture, and Commerce. 12:30 PM FREE

three exclusive presentations of carefully chosen handcrafted jewelry, textiles, and ornaments at trunk shows this fall and winter. Mark your calendar for three unforgettable shopping experiences. Light refreshments served. Julie Cohn Jewelry: Friday, September 21 5–9 PM | The Crow Collection is proud to be the first venue to offer the jewelry of Julie Cohn. Julie uses old-world casting techniques to create modern artifacts; refined elements mix with rough shapes and semi-precious stones. Julie’s simplicity of forms draws from Asian-inspired examples, and her reverence for nature and timeless shapes make her pieces wearable and distinctive with contemporary fashion.

Shawls and Textiles from the Silk Road: Friday, October 19 5–9 PM | The Lotus Shop’s finely honed selection of exquisite textiles is legendary. Join Lotus Shop buyer and renowned retail consultant Mary Bloom as she shares some of her favorite textiles handmade by artisans from around the world. Take the journey with us from Kashmir to India to Japan and discover these handcrafted treasures to wear or display.

Paper for Water—Origami Christmas Ornaments: Saturday, December 1 10 AM–2 PM | Dallas girls Isabelle (age 8) and Katherine (age 6) Adams make origami ornaments using traditional Japanese style. They were recently featured in the Dallas Morning News for their incredible artistry as well as their inspiring motivation. These talented elementary-aged girls use proceeds from their creations to raise funds for Living Water International (, a Houston-based charity that drills water wells in India and other developing countries. This is a wonderful shopping experience for the entire family during AdventureAsia: Family Days at the Crow, and the Adams girls will be on hand to talk about their works and their inspiration for

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