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Dr. Daisy Yiyou Wang, the Robert N. Shapiro Curator of Chinese and East Asian Art and the curator of the Peabody-Essex Museum’s special exhibit, “Empresses of China’s Forbidden City,” will give us a tour and describe what went into putting together this exhibition, including the years-long planning, and provide a look behind the scenes at the museum.

Your registration enables you to come early and stay afterward, if you wish, so you can enjoy more of the museum.

Thanks to Matt Wilding, Director of Guest Experience, Dr. Wang, The Robert N. Shapiro Curator of Chinese and East Asian Art, and their colleagues at the museum for this special opportunity.

More on Dr. Wang

From the museum’s site:

“Joining PEM in 2013, Dr. Wang leads the PEM’s Chinese, Japanese, and Korean art exhibition programs, collection-based installations, research, and acquisitions. The upcoming major exhibition Empresses of China’s Forbidden City she co-curated with Jan Stuart opens at PEM in 2018, shedding new light on the role of empresses in shaping court art and history of the Qing dynasty. It is a partnership between PEM, the Smithsonian’s Freer and Sackler Galleries, and the Palace Museum, Beijing to celebrate the fortieth anniversary of U.S.-China diplomatic relations.

“A specialist in Chinese contemporary art and later Chinese art, particularly imperial portraiture, textile, and lacquer, Dr. Wang has served at the Smithsonian’s Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, where she contributed to a number of exhibitions, including Echoes of the Past: The Buddhist Cave Temples of Xiangtangshan and the artist Cai Guo-Qiang’s Explosion Event on the National Mall. Her publications cover topics ranging from Buddhist art to contemporary art, and the history of collecting Chinese and Korean art. She earned her Ph.D. in art history from Ohio University and is a recipient of a Getty Museum Leadership Fellowship and a Smithsonian Post-Doctoral Fellowship. Dr. Wang’s work has been merited with a Smithsonian Scholarly Studies Award (with Blythe McCarthy) and a Smithsonian Valuing World Cultures Award (with Alice Tracy). Wang founded the American Alliance of Museums’ China Program, the largest annual US- China museum professional exchange program.”


January 26, 2019 at 1 pm.

The tour will last about an hour and a half. With your registration, you are welcome to come early and stay afterward to enjoy the museum.


The Peabody Essex Museum
161 Essex St., at the corner of Essex and New Liberty Street
Salem, Massachusetts



Registration of $25 includes full museum admission.

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