The P.Y. and Kinmay W. Tang Center for East Asian Art was established in 2001 to advance the understanding of East Asian art and culture. Located in McCormick Hall, with seminar and reading rooms in Marquand Library, the Tang Center encourages scholarly exchange by bringing together scholars, students, and the general public through interdisciplinary and innovative programs.
During the academic year, the Tang Center organizes public lectures, lecture series, workshops, and symposiums on East Asian art. Sponsoring as well as leading research projects, the Tang Center provides a venue and the support for both the beginning of projects, with an emphasis on research at Princeton and fieldwork, and the more completed stages, which often culminate in a publication. The Tang Center has pursued an active publication program, with scholarly volumes ranging in topic from Chinese Bronze Age archaeology to the issue of the family model in Chinese art and culture, commemorative landscape painting in China, Japanese art, and Chinese cinema. Tang Center books are distributed by Princeton University Press.
The Tang Center engages with graduate students on a variety of levels, including facilitating the biennial international graduate student symposium in East Asian art, sponsoring graduate student initiated workshops, and providing guidance and assistance with travel and research grants. In the arts, the Tang Center partners with the Princeton University Art Museum in the acquisition of works of art for the museum’s permanent collection, exhibitions such as “Outside In: Chinese × American × Contemporary Art” (2009), and related scholarly programs.
For more information about the Tang Center’s activities, please visit the Tang Center’s website.