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Gallery Talk – Objects of Addiction: Opium, Empire, and the Chinese Art Trade

October 18, 2023 @ 12:30 pm 1:00 pm

Led by: Sarah Laursen, Alan J. Dworsky Associate Curator of Chinese Art, Harvard Art Museums

Join curator Sarah Laursen for a closer look at artworks in the exhibition Objects of Addiction: Opium, Empire, and the Chinese Art Trade (September 15, 2023–January 14, 2024). The exhibition explores the entwined histories of the opium trade and the Chinese art market between the late 18th and early 20th centuries. Laursen will share how these two commodities—acquired through both legal and illicit means—have had a lasting impact on the global economy, public health, immigration law, education, and the arts.

Gallery talks are limited to 18 people. Registration is required. You can register by clicking on the event on this form, beginning at 10am the day of the talk.

Please meet in the Calderwood Courtyard, in front of the digital screens between the shop and the admissions desk.


October 18, 2023
12:30 pm – 1:00 pm
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Harvard Art Museums

32 Quincy St.
Cambridge, MA 02138 United States

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