Lincoln (Neb.) - Dec. 10, 1998 - The Lentz Center for Asian Culture at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln will present a double exhibition containing about 50 examples of Chinese ceramic art from the collection of Kam-ching Leung, professor of physics and astronomy at NU, and photographs of Asia taken by Leung.
Leung has chosen some of the most arresting ceramic pieces from his collection, which he began to assemble in the 1970s. The ceramics include not only vessels but figural and animal sculptures as well. They span 6,000 years of Chinese history, including three prehistoric vessels that open the exhibit, followed by representative pieces from all major historical periods.
Many pieces date from the Song Dynasty (960-1279 A.D.), well known for its ceramic achievements, including some black ceramics with reddish brown patterns in the glazes known as hare's fur and tortoise shell. Celadon is represented by a Yuan Dynasty (1279- 1368 A.D.) vase with elephant-headed handles and a tall vase from the Qianlong reign (1736-96 A.D.) of the Qing Dynasty on which celadon is combined with blue and white.
Most dynamic are the Han (206 B.C.-220 A.D.) small dancing figures, lively in outline and expression, and the stark Tang fantastic animal guardian figure glazed with only a streak of green. Two Ming officials dutifully observe all that passes.
The photographic exhibit subjects include scenes, people and still life. Many recognizable scenes are included as well as potent pictures of individual indigenous people.
The Lentz Center is open 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesday through
Saturday and 1:30-4 p.m. Sunday. There is no admission charge,
but a $2 donation is encouraged for Morrill Hall visitors over
the age of 2.
For questions regarding these releases, contact:
(402) 472-8514, Fax: (402) 472-7825