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The Eaddo & Peter Kiernan Lecture

“China and Newport” and “Animals in the Gilded Age”


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Rosecliff 548 Bellevue Ave
Newport, RI 02840
August 6, 2024 6:00pm
  • Free in person or via Zoom. Advance registration required.
  • If attending via Zoom, you will receive your Zoom link 24 hours in advance.
  • If attending in person, please arrive at Rosecliff in time to be seated for the lecture.

Part 1: “China and Newport: A Journey through Two Centuries”

Dani Zhang, Preservation Society Curatorial Research Fellow

Dani Zhang will discuss her exploration of Chinese artwork and objects, many produced for a Western market, held in the collection of The Preservation Society of Newport County. Through a close examination of materials, forms and motifs, she will illuminate the nuanced relationship between Chinese art, American collecting and display practices from the China Trade as part of the Gilded Age.

Part 2: “Animals in the Gilded Age”

Isla Stewart, Preservation Society Curatorial Research Fellow

Stewart will discuss her work in support of the upcoming Preservation Society of Newport County summer 2024 exhibition Wild Imagination: Art and Animals in the Gilded Age. Her research investigates important cultural themes through a range of fine and decorative objects as well as period literature to illuminate significant developments in Americans’ changing relationship with animals in the Gilded Age, a period that shaped our attitudes towards animals today.

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Dani Zhang

Dani Zhang received an MA in East Asian Languages and Cultures from Columbia University and has experience working with the American Museum of Natural History and the Asian Handicrafts Foundation. Zhang will continue her studies this fall by pursuing her PhD in History at UCLA.


Isla Stewart

Isla Stewart earned an MA in the History of Art and Archaeology from New York University Institute of Fine Arts. She was awarded the Mellon Summer Academy Fellowship at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, and will join the PhD program in Art History at Rutgers-New Brunswick this fall, focusing on 19th and early 20th-century female sculptors in the United States and Europe.

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