Another World Lies Beyond: Visual Allusions in the Chinese Garden
A talk by Louise Yuhas (Occidental College) at the Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens
Tuesday, April 08, 2008
7:30 PM - 9:00 PM
1151 Oxford Road
The placard bearing the inscription, Another World Lies Beyond, Bie you dongtian, greets the visitor to the Huntington’s Chinese garden just inside the garden entrance. In fact, many “other worlds” are evoked by the elements and their arrangements within traditional Chinese gardens. Some, like the “cave heavens” (dongtian), allude to the utopian lands accessible through caverns and crevices within the earth, while others evoke specific earthly times and places, and even other gardens. These, in turn, are popular subjects for the Chinese painter. In this lecture we will explore some of these other worlds as they appear in gardens and paintings and enrich the visitor’s experience.
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Louise Yuhas the chair of the Department of Art History and Visual Arts at Occidental College.
Cost: Free and open to the public