CUNY TV DIGITAL SERIES PRESENTS ANCIENT ART LINKS
Four-Part Miniseries Begins Tuesday, November 7 (2017)on cuny.tv, YouTube and Facebook
Beginning Tuesday, November 7 (2017), CUNY TV DIGITAL SERIES introduces Ancient Art Links, a four-part web-only miniseries dedicated to exploring history via stories and profiles of ancient art treasures. The series of short films aims to bridge an information gap between members of the general public and art historians, and to become an entertaining and enlightening way to reflect on the past and the common links that join civilizations and humanity.
Ancient Art Links will premiere a new episode each Tuesday in November on www.cuny.tv, YouTube, and Facebook. Following are episode descriptions and release dates for each of the miniseries’ films.
Episode #1 - Chinese Art of the Qin and Han Dynasties (available Nov 7)
The film gives a brief overview of the Qin and Han dynasties, the most important in Chinese history. By utilizing 2,000-year-old art objects from The Metropolitan Museum of Art's Age of Empires exhibit, Chinese art curator Dr. Zhixin Jason Sun takes viewers on an informative journey exploring terracotta depictions of soldiers, dancers and musicians; a burial jade suit; and a Greco-Roman sculpture that reveals a connection between China's Qin dynasty and the West at the time of Alexander the Great. Featuring more than 160 objects (sets) from 32 museums in the People’s Republic of China, the exhibition took five years for the Met to complete.
Episode #2 - Tang Shipwreck in New York (available Nov. 14)
Indonesian fishermen diving for sea cucumbers discovered a thousand-year-old Tang Dynasty shipwreck off Belitung Island. Its remarkable cargo originally included approximately 70,000 ceramics produced in China, as well as luxurious objects of gold and silver. The shipwreck confirmed that, in addition to the land trading route known as The Silk Road, an active maritime trade in the Ninth Century flourished between China’s Tang empire and the Abbasid empire in West Asia. Asia Society Senior Curator Adriana Proser and tour guide Miryame Krogmeier serve as guides to this remarkable cargo.
Episode #3 - Cosmic Buddhas in the Himalayas (available Nov. 21)
Using artifacts from The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s acclaimed exhibition, Cosmic Buddhas in the Himalayas – dating from the ninth to the 19th centuries – the episode provides a brief history of Buddhism, particularly Vajryana Buddhism (Tibetan Buddhism); shares ways to interpret Tibetan Buddhist paintings and sculptures; and includes modern footage of Tibet.
Episode #4 - Cinnabar: The Chinese Art of Carved Lacquer (available on Nov. 28)
Cinnabar: The Chinese Art of Carved Lacquer, 14th to 19th Century, at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, explored thousands of years of the Chinese lacquer art tradition. The film shows many art pieces originally created as birthday gifts, with peaches and pine trees representing longevity; melon and pomegranate as the bounty of children and family prosperity; and dragons as symbols of emperors and their power. The largest piece shown is a rare 19th-century screen, illustrating the birthday party of a Chinese legend, Guo Ziyi, with each of the more than 40 guests vividly carved. Cinnabar as a pigment, a medicine, and a poison is also explained and clarified.
Producer Ou Quan
Ancient Art Links' producer Ou Quan is a passionate history and art researcher. A Chinese native with early experience at Beijing Television, she earned an MFA from Brooklyn College/CUNY and was a tenured post-production supervisor at the college for seven years. An experienced editor, she has been nominated for a New York Emmy six times. In addition to editing, she has also served as associate producer or co-producer on a variety of CUNY TV series as well as outside projects. Her current title at CUNY TV is Post Production Manager.
CUNY TV DIGITAL SERIES is developed and coordinated by Emmy Award-winning producer Jose Luis Orbegozo under the supervision of Susan Iger, CUNY TV's Director of Programming, and CUNY TV’s Interim Executive Director, Gail R. Yancosek.