Exhibitions

A Mongol family in their finery pose for their first family portrait

Wang Yeh Fu

A Mongol family in their finery pose for their first family portrait, Wang Yeh Fu, May 1923.

Vanished Kingdoms, The Wulsin Photographs of Tibet, China & Mongolia 1921-1925

On view October 17, 2003 to May 9, 2004

Located in the: Special Exhibition Galleries

The exhibition Vanished Kingdoms presents 39 rare and compelling images taken by the first Americans to reach the mountains and deserts of western China (Gansu) and Mongolia and the great, heretofore, unphotographed lamaseries of Eastern Tibet. Janet and Frederick Wulsin photographed sacred sites, many of which have long since vanished, and religious ceremonies that no longer survive. These stunning modern prints (from the original hand-colored lantern slides) reveal intricately detailed interiors as well as breathtaking landscapes. This traveling exhibition is organized by PEM in collaboration with the Peabody Museum at Harvard University and the Aperture Foundation. A book including all the expedition images interpreted through journal and diary entries will accompany the exhibition.

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