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Original Views of Modern China: Photographs by Katherine S. Dreier, Enlarged by Mrs. Hartung of Peking

DATES February 28, 1926 through April 5, 1926
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  • February 16, 1926: The Print Department of the Brooklyn Museum announces that Sunday, February 28th, it will present an exhibition of Original Views of Modern China by Miss Katherine S. Dreier. These pictures were made Miss Dreier during a recent sojourn in the Orient and represent many unusual phases of Chinese life. Miss Dreier is well known as a painter, writer and lecturer and is the President of the Société Anonyme. Katharine A. Carl, the author of "With the Empress Dowager in China", the second westerner who was ever asked to be a guest within the palace gates - the other being Castiglione, the Jesuit priest and painter in the 18th century - after seeing the photographs taken by Miss Dreier wrote her the following:-

    "You have imprisoned the very spirit of China in your views of its cities, rivers, gates and temples, as well as its people. During my long stay in China I have never seen photographs that gave me such artistic delight. You have caught the very atmosphere of the places and the people."

    The exhibition in the Print Galleries will continue until April 1st and at 3:30 o'clock on the afternoon of the opening (February 28th) in the Museum Auditorium, Miss Dreier will give a lecture entitled "Some Things I Learned in and about China". This talk will be relative to the concurring exhibition and will be illustrated by a number of slides made from the original photographs.

    The "Chronicles of America" photo plays will be continued during the week of March 1st with a special showing for Museum members of Friday afternoon at 3:30. This pictorial narrative of the history of our country will therewith proceed through the reels descriptive of the episodes surrounding Yorktown.

    Brooklyn Museum Archives. Records of the Department of Public Information. Press releases, 1916 - 1930. 1926, 022. View Original