The Forbidden City at 600: Women in the Imperial Palace

The Forbidden City at 600: Women in the Imperial Palace

Much is known about the lives of the emperors who lived behind the vermilion walls of the Forbidden City. But what of the women? This talk is presented in partnership with the China Institute.

About the event:

In the third program of a series commemorating the 600th anniversary of the Forbidden City, Jan Stuart, top China curator at the Smithsonian, and Di Yajing, architecture expert from the Palace Museum, will share objects and spaces used by the women of the imperial court. Following that, Jay Xu, director of the Asian Art Museum of San Francisco, will join them in a wide-ranging conversation about life within the walls of the Forbidden City. Wang Xudong, director of the Palace Museum, will open the program with thoughts on the conservation of the Forbidden City for the next 600 years.

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