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"Han and Beyond" Highlights Tucson Museum of Art

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The Tucson Museum of Art unveiled the “Han and Beyond-The Renaissance of China: The James Conley Collection” art exhibition on January 24, 2009. Today, more than two years later, the exhibition remains open to the public, and serves as home to some of China’s oldest-known artifacts from the Neolithic period. The exhibition is currently on display along with six other cross-cultural art exhibitions housed at the Tucson Museum of Art.

Although the "Han and Beyond" exhibition is named after the Chinese Han Dynasty, which dates back to around 200 B.C., the exhibition features more than 100 pieces of ancient Chinese artwork, many of which are estimated to be nearly 5,000 years old, according to Meredith Hayes, the museum's director of public relations and marketing. The art belongs to collector James Conley, owner of the Tucson Conley Publishing Group, who has agreed to allow the museum to display the art pieces until 2014. Among the items on display are sculptures, paintings and weaponry from the Han, Ming and Qing Dynasties.

"A lot of people forget that there is more than just Hispanic culture in Tucson," Hayes said. "The Chinese community has contributed a lot to Tucson's history, so its important we have this exhibit, to pay tribute to them for all they've done."

"Conley knew we were interested in his collection back in 2009, so we worked with our curatorial teams to decide which items would be displayed, and which items best represented the ancient Chinese culture," Hayes said. 

Conley told the Arizona Daily Star in a 2009 interview that he would like to make the exhibition a permanent part of the Tucson Museum of Art if the Tucson public would support the idea. The exhibition is set to end January 31, 2014.

"We agreed to have the exhibition for five years, beginning in 2009, so whether or not it will remain here permanently will be a discussion we'll have probably in 2013. At this point I think we and James are too busy to really discuss that," Hayes said. 

Below are pictures from the Tucson Museum of Art's website, as well as a map of the location of the exhibition. The "Han and Beyond" display is open to the public Tuesday through Saturday from 10 5 p.m. and on Sunday from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. 

Tickets are $8 for the general public, $6 for seniors and $3 for students. 

Other general information can be found at the Tucson Museum of Art's Website.



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