Curator Karina H. Corrigan will speak about the thriving and cosmopolitan Chinese port city of Guangzhou. Known to foreign merchants as Canton, Guangzhou was the only port in China open to foreign trade for over 100 years. Imported luxury goods such as tea, silk, porcelain and lacquer from Guangzhou had a profound impact on people’s lives in Massachusetts during the early 19th century. Even the camp bed Thoreau slept on at Walden had its origins in China.
Karina H. Corrigan is The H.A. Crosby Forbes Curator of Asian Export at the Peabody Essex Museum. She received her B.A. in Art History and Medieval Renaissance Studies from Wellesley College, an MS in Historic Preservation from the University of Pennsylvania and an MA from the Winterthur Program in American Material Culture. Corrigan has lectured and published extensively on many aspects of Asian export art and has organized eight exhibitions regarding the subject at the PEM.
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