reviews IMAGINING CHINA: THE VIEW FROM EUROPE, 1550 1700. Exhibition curation by Timothy Billings with Jim Kuhn and video curation by Alexander Huang. 18 September 20099 January 2010. This exhibit at the Folger Shakespeare Library (2009) was a testament to how views of China changed and developed during the 150 years concerned, as Europe learned about the country, as well as how balances are shifting in the United States today. It included information on how Shakespeare performance has developed in Chinese film and theatre, especially since 1986, via video examples selected by Alexander Huang that were available in a well-developed media kiosk. Though the artifacts in the exhibit reflected Elizabethan and Jacobean views of China, as a viewer I left thinking how presenting China has complexified in contemporary American museum display and how China-- the "bamboo curtained" other of my childhood--has shifted from periphery of American consciousness toward China's historically self-conceived place, the center of things, culturally, economically, politically. The Folger library sits at the head of the national mall close to the Supreme Court, US legislative buildings, and Library of Congress. Henry Folger of Standard Oil established the library in the 1930s to plant Shakespeare firmly in
Asian Theatre Journal – University of Hawai'I Press
Published: May 28, 2011
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