‘China’s Great History’ on PBS tells story of past dynasties revealed in 18th-century artwork
DENVER — A Colorado-produced documentary titled “China’s Great History as Told By Two 18th Century Screens” first premiered at a private screening and reception at the Denver Art Museum on Nov. 7, 2014. The event attracted a sold-out crowd, and the newly produced film will now be broadcast throughout Colorado at 1 p.m. Sunday on Rocky Mountain PBS.
This one-hour special explores China’s past dynasties, as revealed by two 18th century painted folding screens. Each was a major workshop commission, painted with lacquer on lacquer, an extremely difficult artistic technique. As their stories are revealed in this educational documentary, the hidden messages and ancient techniques used to create these beautiful works of art are revived.
It has taken a team of collectors, expert researchers, translators and historians working together for several years to uncover some of these mysteries. Historians, as well as art and calligraphy experts, are featured, including Carla Stansifer, professor Harrison Tu, Yanmin Huang, professor Youliang Ren, Dr. Adam Fong and Shen Jinli.
Cassandra Lohr produced the film, with Lee Bowen as associate producer and editing by Jay Miracle. For more information, visit http://www.rmpbs.org.