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Art Exhibition “Imprints of Life: Rubbings from Carved Stones of the Han Dynasty” opens on Aug. 31

Schmucker Art Gallery at Gettysburg College is pleased to present Imprints of Life: Rubbings from Carved Stones of the Han Dynasty on display Aug. 31 through Oct.1, 2022. Curated by Kolbe Summer Research Fellow Elinor Gass ’24, under the direction of Professor Yan Sun, this exhibition explores the connectivity between an individual’s character and the historical narratives celebrated in Han society. On display are rubbings taken from carvings on architectural components of burial chambers and above ground shrines in the western Shandong Province from approximately the 1st to 2nd century.

The ink rubbings in this exhibition are among numerous works donated by Dr. Chester North Frazier to Gettysburg College in the late 1960s. Dr. Frazier collected tomb rubbings between 1922 and 1941 in Peking, where he worked as a physician. The rubbings were carefully folded into his own handmade boxes and organized by his own system. The opportunity to examine these tomb rubbings provides a detailed glance into Han society and philosophy, suggesting the degree to which Confucianism and Daoism influenced funerary, societal, and educational practices in the lives of the elite.

An opening reception will be held on August 31, 5:00 -7:00 pm. A Gallery Talk with student curator Elinor Gass ‘24 will take place on August 31, 5:00 – 5:30 pm. All events are free and open to the public. Gallery hours are Tuesdays – Saturdays 10am – 4pm.

Public Events:

Curator’s Talk: August 31, 5:00 -5:30pm

Reception: August 31, 5:00 -7:00 pm

Exhibition Credits:

The exhibition is supported in part by the Department of Art and Art History and Special Collections and College Archives, Musselman Library, Gettysburg College.

About Schmucker Art Gallery: Schmucker Art Gallery offers meaningful and engaging experiences for the Gettysburg College community and surrounding region through diverse art exhibitions and related programming. The Gallery is committed to fostering an enriching environment that welcomes diverse perspectives and inspires dialogue, creativity, and connection.

Schmucker Art Gallery is located on the main floor of Schmucker Hall (conveniently located at the intersection of N. Washington and Water streets) and is fully accessible. Free parking is available in one of the visitor parking lots on campus, or free two-hour parking can be found on the streets adjacent to Schmucker Hall. The main entrance is through the quadrangle side of the building. All events are free and open to the public. Gallery hours are Tuesdays – Saturdays 10am – 4pm.

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