How did the public exhibition of Asian art change over the course of the nineteenth century?
Our group studied four exhibitions of Asian material culture displayed in the United States between 1796 and 1905. Our project answered two questions: As the United States exerted increasing political control over parts of China, Japan, and the Philippines during the nineteenth century, was there a change in the way Asian “culture and peoples” were displayed in public exhibitions in the U.S.? Art history, anthropology, and museums all had their origins in the nineteenth century. How did the creation of these new disciplines and institutions affect nineteenth-century public exhibitions of Asian visual culture in the U.S.?