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Cultural Exchange Along the Silk Road: Masterpieces of the Tubo Period (7th – 9th Century) – Dr. David Pritzker | 6:30-8:30PM


6:30 pm – 8:00 pm

Cultural Exchange Along the Silk Road: Masterpieces of the Tubo Period (7th – 9th Century)

Thursday, December 5; 6:30-8PM  |  General:$25/Members:$22.50   REGISTER HERE


In the process of forging an empire, the Tibetan aristocracy creatively appropriated the best that the surrounding cultures had to offer and partook in the cosmopolitan atmosphere of the times. The Tibetan court brought Buddhism from India and craftsmen from Nepal; adopted advanced Chinese methods of imperial administration, astrology, and divination; and invited doctors, scholars, artisans and entertainers from the oasis kingdoms of Central Asia to participate in and help build the royal court. As a result, early Tibetan rulers adopted the royal motifs, practices and regalia of kingship in the last light of late antiquity, drawing on diverse traditions, from the Tang dynasty in the East, and Persian and even Mediterranean worlds in the West. This dialogue with the cultures and kingdoms of the Silk Road defined and gave color to the Tibetan royal court. The present lecture will focus on objects that exemplify that energy and spirit within the court during its rise to power between the 7th to 9th centuries CE, and highlight the ways they represent a distinctive Tibetan Central Asian Style that was a synthesis of Indo-Iranian, Sasanian, Central Asian, and Tang models.

Dr. David Pritzker is the director and chief curator of the Pritzker Art Collaborative. Dr. Pritzker co-curates the Cultural Exchange Along the Silk Road: Masterpieces of the Tubo Period (7th – 9th Century), with Dr. Wang Xu Dong, director of the Palace Museum and former director of the Dunhuang Academy.

Dr. Pritzker received his PhD from the University of Oxford with a focus on early textual history and historiography in Tibet. He is the co-founder and director of the Pritzker Art Collaborative in Chicago and also has been an acting curator with Himalayan Art Resources (www.himalayanart.org) since 2007. Prior to that, Dr. Pritzker was a curator at the Rubin Museum of Art from 2007–2008, where he organized and curated a number of shows including Red Black and Gold (2008), From the Land of the Gods (2008), and BIG (2007). Dr. Pritzker received his bachelor of science degree from Stanford University with a major in history and a focus on empires and cultures.

Since 1996, in collaboration with China’s National Cultural Heritage Administration and together with Sichuan University, Dr. Pritzker has been exploring, documenting, and researching early sites of the Purang-Guge kingdom. Having spent a large part of his childhood in Nepal, he has a particularly close relationship with the culture and art of the Himalayas. He spent much of his childhood exploring the Kathmandu Valley and the entire Himalayan range. He continues to visit Tibet and Central Asia in collaboration with China’s central and local cultural administrations and institutions to conduct further research and exploration of early Buddhist art history and archaeology.

Thursday, December 5; 6:30-8PM  |  General:$25/Members:$22.50   REGISTER HERE


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