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Highlights of
The Daghlian Collection of Chinese Art

November 19, 2014 – January 10, 2015

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 faculty and students 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. William Daghlian will give a talk on collecting at the opening on November 19. Distinguished Professor Morris Rossabi will give a lecture entitled, Yuan Dynasty and Mongols and Art, on December 3, Marleen Kassel, director of International and Civic Engagement projects and adjunct assistant professor of Chinese history, will give a talk on the collection at noon on December 10, and Sin-ying Ho, QC Ceramics Professor and Amy Winter, GTM Director will lead gallery tours. For more information, please email Marleen.Kassel@qc.cuny.edu.

For more information on The Daghlian Collection of Chinese Art please visit daghlian.qc.cuny.edu.

Year of South Africa:
Collection of Violet and Les Payne

February 2015 – March 2015

The Collection of Violet and Les Payne, a selection of artwork collected by Les Payne, a Pulitzer Prize winning journalist, during his time reporting in Johannesburg, South Africa between 1976-1985, will be on display on the first floor of the gallery. The Payne collection is focused on works on paper and paintings by artists from the black township of Soweto, Johannesburg. Payne was a journalist reporting during the 1976 Soweto Uprising, a massive and violent series of student protests. Payne returned to South Africa in 1985 to report on the changes that had taken place during the intervening years. It was during these trips that he collected artwork from Soweto artists. The artists created works that captured everyday life as well as a sense of hope despite the immense turmoil that surrounded them. Artists in the collection include Velaphi Mzimba, Hargreaves Ntukwana, David Mbele, Winston Saoli, and Percy Konqobe, many of whom have gone on to be internationally recognized.

Year of South Africa:
Contemporary Photography

February 2015 – March 2015

Through a partnership with the Roger Ballen Foundation of Johannesburg, an organization dedicated to the advancement of education of photography in South Africa, the museum will display approximately 30 photographs in second floor gallery by emerging South African artists who have come of age since the abolition of apartheid and the first democratic election in 1994. Artwork by this young generation of artist,s who are living or working in Johannesburg, reflects both the momentous shift to democracy twenty years ago as well as the end of an era with the death of Nelson Mandela in December 2013. An online catalogue of the photographs with short essays about this special phase South Africa is entering as well as a paired exhibition in Johannesburg are planned.

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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