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Highlights of The Daghlian Collection of Chinese Art

November 19, 2014 – January 10, 2015

Opening Reception: Wednesday, November 19, 6–8 PM

The Daghlian Collection of Chinese Art comprises over 1,600 pieces of art and spans 5,000 years of Chinese history. Donated to Queens College, CUNY, in 2012 by private collector William Daghlian, this comprehensive, didactic collection will be used to illustrate Chinese art and art history, as well as Chinese history, culture, anthropology, religion, philosophy and language.

This exhibition will focus on 60, primarily ceramic, objects from The Daghlian Collection. Also on display will be pieces by Queens College ceramics students, alumni, and faculty who have studied The Daghlian Collection and created their own artwork in response.

According to Distinguished Professor of History Morris Rossabi: “The arts of China yield vivid and appealing insights about its economy, politics, religions, society, history, and culture, and offer a remarkable guide to the development of Chinese civilization. Visitors can scarcely gain a better introduction to Chinese culture than by examining its works of art.”

Free public programs will accompany the show which closes on January 10, 2015. For more information, please email Marleen.Kassel@qc.cuny.edu

Images of the 60 exhibition objects as well as essays on The Daghlian Collection of Chinese Art can be seen at daghlian.qc.cuny.edu.


with talk on collecting by William Daghlian
Wednesday, November 19th, 6 PM

MORRIS ROSSABI, Distinguished Professor of History, Queens College
Lecture on Yuan Dynasty and Mongols and Art
Wednesday, December 3rd, 12 PM

SIN-YING HO, Associate Professor, Ceramics, Queens College
Talk with art faculty and students on their creative responses to the collection
Wednesday, December 3rd, 5 PM

MARLEEN KASSEL, Director of International and Civic Engagement Projects and Adjunct Assistant Professor of Chinese History, Queens College
Talk on The Daghlian Collection
Wednesday, December 10th, 12 PM

Images clockwise: Cizhou jar with brown painted design, Ming Dynasty (1368-1644 CE); Miniature acrobat, Tang Dynasty (618-907 CE); Sancai dish with floral pattern, Liao Dynasty (916-1125 CE); Yurt or Ger with impressed cloth design, Eastern Zhou, Spring and Autumn or Warring States period (5th or 4th century BCE).


September 2014 - August 2015

On display in the Lobby Gallery are highlights of African art from the GTM's permanent collection. The selection of artwork focuses primarily on ritual obejcts and masks, but also includes examples of textiles and currency. Throughout history, objects have served as symbols of spiritual and material power. The masks on display are all associated with strong religious and spiritual beliefs that influence the way a community responds to them. The functions of masks are as complex and varied as their forms.

Along side the African objects is a display of anti-apartheid posters, pins, and documents that aims to provide some sense of the political struggle against the violent system of racial segregation that was in place in South Africa for much of the 20th century.

The documents and reproductions are examples of the visual material that was used all over the world in the decades long protest of the treatment of black South Africans. We hope that these pieces of history provide some insight into the protest movement and afford some space for reflection on the power and value of mass-movements in a time when injustice and racism are apparent in our own country.

Top image: Published in 1981 by Liberation Support Movement with support from the United Nations Centre Against Apartheid. Design/Artwork by Rupert Garcia.

Bottom image: Giwoyo mask, early 20th century, Democratic Republic of the Congo, wood and fiber. Gift of William Siegmann, 2006.3.3

Museum Hours
Mon.–Thurs. 11 am to 7 pm, Sat. 11 am to 5 pm

Please note that the museum, located in Klapper Hall, Room 405, is not open on holidays and when the college is closed. Admission is free. For directions to Queens College, please visit:

Please call the museum for updated programs and schedules or re-visit this website www.qc.cuny.edu/godwin_ternbach for further information.

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