Facebook Icon podcast icon Join our mailing list Icon

Image for Poca Logo
Image for DUN_Public-Programs-Banner--760x200-(2)-uv-foo.jpg

Cave Temples of Dunhuang: History, Art, and Materiality

A symposium in honor of the life and work of Fan Jinshi at the Mogao Grottoes

Friday, May 20, 2016 to Saturday, May 21, 2016

Image for Calendar Button

Day 1: Friday, May 20, 2016
9:00 a.m.–5:30 p.m.
Harold M. Williams Auditorium, Getty Center

Get Tickets for Day 1
Admission is free; a ticket is required
Day 2: Saturday, May 21, 2016
9:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m.
Harry and Yvonne Lenart Auditorium, Fowler Museum
University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA)
(note new venue)
Complementing the exhibition Cave Temples of Dunhuang: Buddhist Art on China's Silk Road, this symposium brings together more than 20 international scholars. Their presentations on the Mogao Grottoes explore the unique confluence of historical perspectives, spiritual content, artistic practice, and innovative approaches to conservation. Keynote speaker Rong Xinjiang discusses Mogao's distinctive geography and history. Sessions address the media of wall paintings and manuscripts as well as the iconographic themes of the caves, particularly their deep and layered Buddhist content.
This is a two-day symposium, taking place at the Getty Center and UCLA. A separate reservation is required for each day.


Sculpture of a seated buddha, Cave 45, Tang dynasty (618-907 CE). Mogao Grottoes, Dunhuang, China. 
Courtesy the Dunhuang Academy.  Photo: Wu Jian


Confirmed participants:

Neville Agnew, Getty Conservation Institute
William Bodiford, University of California, Los Angeles
Robert Buswell, University of California, Los Angeles
Paul Copp, University of Chicago
Sarah Fraser, University of Heidelberg
Imre Galambos, University of Cambridge
Mimi Gates, Seattle Art Museum and Dunhuang Foundation
Natasha Heller, University of California, Los Angeles
Fan Jinshi, Dunhuang Academy
Burglind Jungmann, University of California, Los Angeles
Guolong Lai, University of Florida
Hui-Shu Lee, University of California, Los Angeles
Stephen Little, Los Angeles County Museum of Art
Sonya Lee, University of Southern California
Victor Mair, University of Pennsylvania
Michelle McCoy, University of California, Berkeley
Christine Mollier, French National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS)
Nathalie Monnet, Bibliothèque nationale de France
Marcia Reed, Getty Research Institute
Petra Rösch, Museum für Ostasiatische Kunst, Cologne
Robert Sharf, University of California, Berkeley
Hsueh-man Shen, New York University
Zhao Shengliang, Dunhuang Academy
Richard von Glahn, University of California, Los Angeles
Lothar von Falkenhausen, University of California, Los Angeles
Eugene Wang, Harvard University
Susan Whitfield, British Library
Rong Xinjiang, Peking University
Wang Xudong, Dunhuang Academy
Valérie Zaleski, Musée Guimet

This program complements the exhibition Cave Temples of Dunhuang: Buddhist Art on China's Silk Road, on view at the Getty Center from May 7 to September 4, 2016.

Related Events at the Getty

Lecture: Dunhuang as Nexus of the Silk Road during the Middle Ages

Performance: Where Cultures Meet: A Musical Journey Along the Silk Road

Please direct questions about the symposium to the Getty at (310) 440-7300.

Sponsor(s): Center for Buddhist Studies, Center for Chinese Studies, Program on Central Asia, Asian Languages & Cultures, Art History, Cotsen Institute of Archaeology, Richard C. Rudolph East Asian Library