Sunday, November 12, 2017 to Sunday, March 11, 2018
10:00am - 4:00pm
Bowers Museum
2002 North Main St.
Santa Ana, CA 92706

Empress Dowager Cixi (1835-1908) stands in the center of modern Chinese history. While most commonly understood as a politician, this formidable matriarch was also introduced to Western audience or reader as a connoisseur, patron and even creator of art in the early twentieth century, a phenomenon that interestingly fell unnoticed in modern scholarship.
This exhibition is the first of its kind in the United States to explore the empress dowager’s roles beyond politics. It has been organized through a groundbreaking partnership with the Summer Palace Museum in Beijing.

Empress Dowager Cixi: Selections from the Summer Palace is organized by the Summer Palace Museum, Beijing, China and the Bowers Museum and is guest curated by Ying-chen Peng, Assistant Professor of Art History at American University.

Image credit:
“H.I.M The Empress Dowager of China, Cixi”
戴泽 after the original by Hubert Vos, 1905