Myriad Treasures: Celebrating the Reinstallation of the Soreng Gallery of Chinese Art

Flying Tiger Banner. Chinese; Qing dynasty, 1775‑1825. Light green and orange silk twill embroidered with multicolored silk floss in satin & stem stitch and couched with gold wrapped thread. 47 x 45 ½ in. Murray Warner Collection, MWCH40:11

Manchu Woman's Nonofficial Formal Coat with Flower Roundel, Floral and Wave Design. Chinese; Qing dynasty, circa 1850‑75. Green silk satin embroidered with multicolored silk floss. H. 53 ⅞ x W. 62 ⅜ inches. Murray Warner Collection, MWCH45:38

 

Myriad Treasures: Celebrating the Reinstallation of the Soreng Gallery of Chinese Art

February 08, 2020 to February 14, 2021

The JSMA’s Soreng Gallery of Chinese Art has just undergone a long-awaited renovation facilitated through matched support from Betty Soreng and others who wish to remain anonymous. The largess of these donors made it possible to update the gallery floor, walls, casework, and lighting to a level commensurate with the quality of the collection. On the occasion of its reinstallation, the Soreng Gallery will feature works spanning four millennia of Chinese history from the legacy collection of museum-founder Gertrude Bass Warner (1863-1951) along with exciting recent acquisitions. The inaugural display will include examples of the museum’s superlative Qing-dynasty (1644-1912) court textiles, Neolithic (2650-2350 BCE) through 19th-century ceramics, ancient and archaistic bronze vessels, Buddhist art, literati and professional paintings and prints of the fourteenth through nineteenth centuries, imperial calligraphy, elegant decorative objects made of jade, glass, and crystal, and selected modern and contemporary Chinese paintings, posters, and photographs. This installation celebrates the last century of cross-cultural engagement at the University of Oregon and heralds exciting future faculty and student research on the museum’s enduring and expanding collection of Chinese art.

Thanks to Gertrude Bass Warner, the JSMA has a solid foundation in the arts of Asia. In 1903, Warner traveled to China, where she settled and began amassing a collection of remarkable quality, complexity, and depth. Several years after she relocated to the U.S. she became a widow and moved to Eugene, where her son taught at UO’s School of Law. Inspired to support the university’s academic mission and foster cross-cultural understanding, she continued to collect Asian art, helped raise funds to build the art museum and support Asian Studies, and bequeathed her art to the state. Her idealism and generosity has inspired generations of donors to further augment the collection.

Additional Content:
A Minute Exhibit
Bilingual Gallery Guide (Chinese and English)