Exhibition at the UCLA Fowler Museum, August 16-November 29, 2009
Explore the cultural and historical significance of tea-after water, the world's most consumed beverage-through a magnificent and wide-ranging survey of visual art. Chinese paintings; Japanese screens, ceramics, and prints; rare English and Colonial American paintings; photographs and historical documents; tea-serving paraphernalia from around the globe; and much more, all tell the fascinating history of tea drinking. The subjects of the exhibition range from tea's mythic origins in the hills of South China through its enormous significance in Japan, its introduction in Europe by Dutch traders around 1610, its role in colonial American life beyond the clichés of the Boston Tea Party, and finally to its expanding importance as a global commodity at the height of the British Empire.
Steeped in History: The Art of Tea is guest curated by Beatrice Hohenegger. Major support for Steeped in History: The Art of Tea and publication is provided by the Henry Luce Foundation and Mr. Lloyd Cotsen, in memory of Bob Ahmanson. Additional support is generously provided by Patsy and Robert Sung, The Edna and Yu-Shan Han Charitable Foundation and Numi Tea.
The accompanying programs are made possible through the Yvonne Lenart Public Programs Fund, the UCLA Asia Institute and Manus, the support group for the Fowler Museum.
Media sponsorship provided by Edible Los Angeles.
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