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Godwin-Ternbach Museum at Queens College to Display 60 Objects From a Newly Donated Collection Spanning 5,000 Years of Chinese Art

-- Nov. 19–Jan. 10 Exhibition Will Include Works by Queens College Ceramics Students, Alumni and Faculty Who Have Studied the Collection and Responded with Their Own Art --

FLUSHING, NY, November 12, 2014 − Highlights of The Daghlian Collection of Chinese Art, a new exhibition at the Godwin-Ternbach Museum at Queens College, on view from November 19 through January 10, 2015, uses ceramics, jade, pottery, and wood objects to document Chinese history and culture from the Stone Age (ca. 6000–2500 BCE) to the Ming dynasty (ca. 1368–1644). A reception, to which the public is invited, will take place on opening night, November 19, from 6–8 pm.

The pieces in the exhibition are part of The Daghlian Collection of Chinese Art, a collection of over 1,600 items spanning 5,000 years, donated by William Daghlian. A former adjunct at the college’s Aaron Copland School of Music where he taught piano, Daghlian is a musician and art collector who specializes in Chinese ceramics and sculpture. In 2012, in response to the Year of China—the inaugural program in QC’s annual “Year of” series featuring different nations for study—he donated 1,650 pieces to the college. Like the website (​) created for study of the collection, the show is organized in chronological sections. 0059_Cizhou jar resized for web.jpg

“My hope is that students, faculty, and the public will learn from it and enjoy the pieces,” says Daghlian. “If others can learn from my collection, research further, and contribute new perspectives, it will be just wonderful.” As it happens, Queens College students have been involved in this project since its inception; a companion exhibition in the upstairs gallery presents ceramics that students, alumni, and faculty created in response to the collection.

“Visitors can scarcely gain a better intro­duction to Chinese culture than by examining its works of art,” says Distinguished Professor of History Morris Rossabi. “In addition to their beauty, they often reveal a great deal about Chinese values and beliefs.”

Presentations in connection with the exhibition include a talk by William Daghlian on collecting at the November 19 opening reception; a lecture by Professor Rossabi about the Yuan dynasty and the Mongols on December 3 at noon in the Godwin-Ternbach Museum, 405 Klapper Hall; a gallery tour led
by Ceramics Professor Sin-ying Ho on December 3 at 5 pm; and a discussion of the collection by Marleen Kassel, Director of International and Civic Engagement Projects, who specializes in Chinese history, at noon on December 10 in Queens Hall. Those interested in the latter event should gather at the security desk on the main floor of Queens Hall and will go as a group to The Daghlian Collection of Chinese Art, which is located in the building.

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The Godwin-Ternbach Museum, a part of Queens College’s Kupferberg Center for the Visual and Performing Arts, presents contemporary and historical exhibitions and programs that provide significant educational opportunities and dynamic aesthetic experiences to residents of the borough of Queens and neighboring Manhattan and Long Island. As the only collection of art and artifacts in the borough, housing over 6,000 objects that date from ancient to modern times, the museum introduces many individuals to art and artifacts they might not otherwise encounter. The breadth of these holdings, and the rich resources of the college, allow presentations that enlighten audiences about art and culture—their own traditions and histories and the American scene. Lectures, symposia, gallery talks, workshops, films, concerts, and tours as well as digital displays, catalogues, and an active website, complement and interpret the art on view, particularly to serve the needs and interests of local communities. All exhibitions and programs are free.


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