Within a Room:
- Photographs provided
by Great Wall Antique
October 26, 2001 and lasting through the New Year until
February 24, 2002, the "Room within a Room" exhibition
will explore the meaning of various bedchamber furnishings
and decorative motifs. Some messages found in bedroom trappings
include wishes for children, good health, prosperity, blessings
for the family, and the birth of a noble child. In Chinese
households, the bed was an important piece of furniture,
as a lady would entertain friends, work on crafts, and look
after her children there. A canopy bed with its curtains
drawn was certainly a room within its own room.
will be three sub-galleries to the exhibition. One will
include a wedding room with a canopy bed and places for
tables, chairs, and chamber pots. Another will look at the
works of those that could read and write- an exploration
of the scholar's life through poetry. The third gallery
will present a view of the ordinary husband-and-wife household
including a sewing basket, baby cradle, chamber pot, bathtub,
and table with an oil lamp- a peek into everyday life. Also
on display will be an array of Chinese folk pillows.
exhibition will be directed by guest curator Sally Yu Leung,
a longtime docent for the Asian Art Museum of San Francisco.
Ms. Leung will further provide slide lectures in both Chinese
and English regarding the nature of the exhibit.