Lecture on Objects of Addiction: Opium, Empire, and the Chinese Art Trade
Thursday, September 14 join associate curator Sarah Laursen for a lecture on opium and Chinese art—two influential commodities traded in China, the British Empire and Massachusetts between the 18th and early 20th centuries. This lecture is offered in conjunction with the exhibition "Objects of Addiction: Opium, Empire, and the Chinese Art Trade," which explores the entwined histories of the opium trade and the Chinese art market between the late 18th and early 20th centuries. These two commodities—acquired through both legal and illicit means—had profound effects on the global economy, public health, immigration law, education and the arts that are reverberating still today. Following the lecture, guests are invited to visit the exhibition on Level 3. Admission is free, but seating is limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis. The lecture will take place in Menschel Hall, Lower Level. Doors will open for seating at 5:30pm.