Opera in Chinese Visual Culture
Distributed for Smart Museum of Art, The University of Chicago
With contributions by Bo Songnian, Jonathan Hay, David G. Johnson, Ni Yibin, Mei Mei Rado, and Wu Hung
As the first comprehensive publication in English on the subject, Performing Images is not only a major interdisciplinary contribution to existing scholarship—featuring eight new essays by experts in the fields of traditional and modern Chinese literature, art, material culture, and history—but also a visual spectacle in its own right. A companion volume to the exhibition of the same name at the Smart Museum of Art, Performing Images contains more than one hundred color reproductions and over eighty illustrated catalogue entries. Together, text and image offer new insight into traditional Chinese culture, visual arts, and theater, and reveal how Chinese visual and performing traditions were aesthetically, ritually, and commercially intertwined.