"Research, Reconstruction, and Breaking Boundaries in the Xiangtangshan Caves Project" is a lecture by Dr. Katherine R. Tsiang, Department of Art History, University of Chicago. The lecture is preceded by a reception and digital demonstration at 2 p.m. in the Art History Conference Room (Doty Fine Arts Building 2.506).
"The Xiangtangshan Caves Project: Reconstruction and Recontextualization" began in 2004 with two major components - new digital imaging systems and contextual research. The reconstruction was necessary, because all of these sixth-century Buddhist cave temples in northern China had suffered severe damage in the early 20th century before the earliest known photographs were taken of the sites. Through a combination of visual analysis and imaging technology, a contextual reconstruction can now be proposed. This talk presents analysis of the multiple aspects of reconstruction.
We gratefully acknowledge the support of the Yew Family Endowment, Department of Art and Art History.