Released July 21, 2014
Double Happiness: Celebration in Chinese Art
On view through mid-2015
SALEM, MA -- The Peabody Essex Museum (PEM) is pleased to present Double Happiness: Celebration in Chinese Art, an installation featuring a selection of more than 30 works spanning 3,000 years which have been drawn from the museum's renowned Chinese collection. Organized by Daisy Yiyou Wang, PEM's recently appointed curator of Chinese and East Asian art, this installation examines how festivals, ceremonies and celebrations have long inspired creative expression in Chinese culture. Double Happiness: Celebration in Chinese Art is on view through mid-2015.
"Life in China is marked by a cycle of celebratory and commemorative events," Wang says. "The artworks on display -- from humble burial figurines to exquisite imperial ceramics -- evoke the occasions for which they were created: the opulence of a royal wedding, the liveliness of a drinking party, the sadness of a funeral procession and poetic evocation of spring."
Double Happiness is organized into five sections -- The Altar, Seasons, Weddings, Feasting and Reverence for the Dead -- and features ceramics, jewelry, jade, sculpture, glass and metalwork. Symbols from nature and myth, conveying messages of happiness, longevity, fertility and family harmony, embellish objects associated with weddings.
About Daisy Yiyou Wang
Daisy Yiyou Wang oversees the museum's Chinese, Japanese and Korean collections. Prior to this appointment, she served as Chinese art specialist at the Smithsonian's Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, where she contributed to a number of exhibitions, including Echoes of the Past: The Buddhist Cave Temples of Xiangtangshan (2011) and the artist Cai Guo-Qiang's Explosion Event on the National Mall (2012). Wang's publications cover topics ranging from Buddhist art to contemporary art and the history of collecting Chinese art.
With the goal to share the best practices and develop new partnerships, Wang founded the American Alliance of Museums' China Program, the largest annual U.S.-China museum professional exchange program. Her work was merited with a Smithsonian Scholarly Studies Award and a Valuing World Cultures Award. Wang was a Smithsonian Post-Doctoral Fellow, a Getty Museum Leadership Fellow, and a grant reviewer for the Getty Research Institute and the Smithsonian. She earned her Ph.D. in art history from Ohio University, and her M.A. in English literature and her B.A. in international law and affairs from the University of International Relations in Beijing.
ABOUT THE PEABODY ESSEX MUSEUM
The Peabody Essex Museum (PEM) is one of the oldest and fastest growing museums in North America. At its heart is a mission to transform people's lives by broadening their perspectives, attitudes and knowledge of themselves and the wider world. PEM celebrates outstanding artistic and cultural creativity through exhibitions, programming and special events that emphasize cross-cultural connections and the vital importance of creative expression. Founded in 1799, the museum's collection is among the finest of its kind boasting superlative works from around the globe and across time -- including American art and architecture, Asian export art, photography, maritime art and history, as well as Native American, Oceanic and African art. PEM's campus affords a varied and unique visitor experience with hands-on creativity zones, interactive opportunities, performance spaces and historic properties, including Yin Yu Tang: A Chinese House, a 200-year-old house that is the only example of Chinese domestic architecture on display in the United States. HOURS: Open Tuesday-Sunday, 10 am-5 pm and the third Thursday of every month until 9 pm. Closed Mondays (except holidays), Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's Day. ADMISSION: Adults $18; seniors $15; students $10. Additional admission to Yin Yu Tang: $5. Members, youth 17 and under and residents of Salem enjoy free general admission and free admission to Yin Yu Tang. INFO: Call 866-745-1876 or visit our Web site at www.pem.org