Since its founding, the Fairbank Center has had a commitment to the preservation and study of the physical pieces of China’s history. Recently, these efforts have led to the display of famed Chinese photographer Sha Fei’s work. This fall, the watercolors of Wilma Fairbank from her and John’s time in China will also be exhibited. These images, linked to below, depict the China of the 1930s, just on the brink of a key point of transition. Additionally, the Center regularly supports conferences and events that focus on various facets of the history of art and architecture in China.
Eugene Yuejin Wang 汪悦进
Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Professor of Asian Art
Eugene Wang (Ph.D Harvard, 1997) began teaching at the University of Chicago in 1996 before joining the faculty at Harvard University in 1997.
Exhibition: The Photography of Sha Fei: Photography and Propaganda in Wartime China
In Spring 2016, the Fairbank Center exhibited the Harvard-Yenching Library’s newly acquired collection of photographic prints by photographer Sha Fei.
Sha Fei’s photographs invoke instantly recognizable images of wartime China. From posters to newspapers and history textbooks, his unique portrayal of the instability of the 1930s and 1940s inform a new visualization of CCP propaganda.
Curated by Professors Eugene Wang (Professor of Asian Art, Harvard University) and Chiao-mei Liu (National Taiwan University, 2015–16 TUSA Scholar), this exhibition explores Sha Fei’s influence on CCP visual culture and the Chinese revolution. The photographic prints on display were generously donated by Sha Fei’s daughter, Wang Yan, to the Harvard Yenching Library.
Exhibition: The Watercolors of Wilma Fairbank
Fifty years ago, China entered one of the darkest phases of its modern history, the Great Proletarian Cultural Revolution, a period of terrible violence that scarred a generation of Chinese people. During the Cultural Revolution “big character posters” (dazibao大字报),...read more
FRESHMEN SEMINAR FRSEMR 71D: Zen and the Art of Living: Making the Ordinary Extraordinary James Robson This seminar explores the rich history, philosophy and practices of Zen Buddhism as it developed in China, Korea, and Japan. We will first consider the emergence of...read more