On Exhibit: Dunhuang: An Oasis along the Silk Road

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The Douglas and Judith Krupp Library is excited to host the interactive exhibit Dunhuang: An Oasis for East-West Cultural, Commercial, and Religious Exchanges along the Ancient Silk Road in the Bello Grand Hall.

This exhibit, on view from September 27- October 6, features cave number 285 of the Mogao Grottoes, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Cave 285 is among the most significant of all the caves, dating back to the Western Wei Dynasty. This cave has been physically re-created, allowing visitors to experience and walk through the full-size cavern.

Speakers and tours are available every day during the exhibition. Presenters include Bryant professors and other lecturers who will speak about the influence of Dunhuang in art, trade, religion and international relations. Interested in learning more? The library has a number of books and eBooks that showcase the historical, cultural and religious importance of the Silk Road.

Books and eBooks

Interactive Maps

Papers

The Dunhuang exhibition at Bryant University is made possible by a partnership between Bryant University and Dunhuang Academy and co-sponsored by the Confucius Institute Headquarters and Government of Gansu Province.

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On Display: LCS 220 Mail Art

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Professor Martha Kuhlman’s LSC 220 class uses a creative approach to answer the question, “What kind of art inspires you?” For one recent assignment, students produced collaborative Mail Art.

“This project really combines the three skills that the students learn in this class,” said Professor Kuhlman. “This class teaches them to create, collaborate and explore.”

The project involved two sections of the LCS 220 class. One section started the assignment, creating letters showing the types of visual art that inspired them. These letters were “mailed” to the other LCS section, which responded creatively by adding to the original letters or composing written responses.

“We don’t get personal mail anymore,” said Kuhlman. “In class, we talked about the different ways that we communicate now, by texting or using social media. This discussion and project allowed (the students) to think about how we communicate and challenged them to use a medium that was different than what they use daily.”

You can see the students’ Mail Art on display in the cases by the Library entrance. Come take a look today!