Since its founding, the Fairbank Center has had a commitment to the preservation and study of the physical pieces of China’s history. The Center regularly curates faculty-led exhibitions of art, photography, painting, and artifacts relating to China.
Recently, these efforts have led to the display of famed Chinese photographer Sha Fei’s work. For our 60th Anniversary, we exhibited the watercolors of Wilma Canon Fairbank and Marian Canon Schlesinger from their time with John Fairbank in China in the 1930s.
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
The Fairbank Center is thrilled to announce the publication of The China Questions: Critical Insights into a Rising Power, edited by Jennifer Rudolph and Michael Szonyi (Harvard University Press, 2018). Published to celebrate the Fairbank Center's 60th Anniversary...read more
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