Lamar University Press (Beaumont, Tex.), Vol. 57, No. 22, Ed. 1 Wednesday, November 19, 1980 Page: 4 of 8
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UNIVERSITY PRESS November 19,1980*4
Kimbell Art Museum in Fort Worth
to display acclaimed bronze exhibit
The highly acclaimed exhibition, “The
Great Bronze Age of China: An Exhibition
from the People’s Republic of China,” is
scheduled to be shown at the Kimbell Art
Museum in Fort Worth from Dec. 10
through Feb. 18.
The show is the first one of its kind
organized between the United States and
China since diplomatic relations were
established. It will include 105 rare objects
of bronze, jade and terra cotta, which span
China’s entire Bronze Age, from about 1800
B.C. to 210 B.C., according to museum
The exhibition comes to the Kimbell
from the Field Museum of Natural History
in Chicago. From Fort Worth it will go to
the Los Angeles County Museum of Art
and then to the Museum of Fine Arts in
Boston. The exhibit has already been
shown at the Metropolitan Museum of Art
in New York.
Objects in the exhibition are among the
most important archaeological finds of the
last 30 years, and many have only recently
Among the exhibits are life-size terra
cotta figures found in 1974 in the burial
complex of the First Emperor of Qin (221-
The exhibition includes eight of these
sculptures, six warriors and two horses,
which range in size from five feet six in-
ches to more than six feet tall.
These figures are part of an army of
such figures that were buried with the em-
Other objects in the exhibit chronicle the
development of the Bronze Age and range
from ceremonial blades of jade to massive
bronze vessels weighing several hundred
A significant group of small jade sculp-
tures and bronze ritual vessels that will be
displayed were recovered from an un-
Lamar students have until Wednesday
before Thanksgiving to sign up for trips to
Kimbell Art Museum in Fort Worth to view
an exhibit of Chinese artifacts from the fir-
Sponsored by the art department, the
trips are scheduled for the weekends of
Jan. 22-24, Jan. 30-Feb. 1, and Feb. 6-8,
Students Interested in attending should
contact the art department at 838-7427.
Cost of the trip is $50 per person, with a $20
disturbed Shang dynasty royal tomb un-
covered in 1976.
The Chinese objects will be displayed in
chronological sequence at the Kimbell.
The first will be the earliest-known
decorated bronze vessel, one of the earliest
cups from the oldest Bronze Age site yet
found, along with two jade ceremonial
blades from the same site.
A bronze ritual food container is
remarkable for Its historical significance
and for its art historical importance as the
earliest dated bronze of the Western Zhou
dynasty. It was commissioned on the
eighth day after the Zhou army overthrew
the Shang dynasty (1027 B.C.), and its in-
scription gives the exact day of the
In the early Bronze Age, Chinese
civilization already possessed a distinctive
form of writing, cities with palatial ar-
chitecture and a highly stratified society
ruled by an all-powerful king.
At that time, the gods were the
superlative masters over natural power
and all events on earth. The king on earth
was called the son of heaven who ruled his
people according to the will of heaven.
This was the source of the king’s power.
During the early Bronze Age, royal
families and nobles used the bronze
vessels in announcing all events.
The bronze and jades have survived
because they were importantly placed
among the grave goods buried with royalty
and members of the upper class. In the
Shang period, tombs of royalty and the
nobility were elaborately furnished with
these ritual vessels and offerings of food.
In the king’s tombs, these included con-
cubines, bodyguards, horses, chariots and
charioteers, all killed and ceremonially
laid out to accompany their master to the
By the late Zhou period, about the fourth
century B.C., burials were still sumptuous,
but small figurines had replaced the
human and animal sacrifices of the early
The thousands of startling, life-size
figures from the First Emperor’s burial
are an imperial version of this later prac-
By the later Bronze Age, during the
Eastern Zhou period, the<bronze work of
art reflected a cosmopolitan, luxury-
loving culture far removed from the
awesome grandeur of the Shang.
These objects of the late period often
have sinuous shapes and refined gold and
silver inlaid decoration. One of the rarest
objects in the show is a gilt-bronzed lamp
(second century B.C.) in the form of a
kneeling female figure. It was excavated
in 1968 from a Han dynasty tomb of Prince
The exhibition features 86 such vessels,
spanning more than 1,000 years of con-
tinuous production. According to museum
sources, the vessels epitomize the
technical and artistic accomplishments of
early Chinese civilization.
As part of the exhibit, a free slide-tape
introduction to the show will run con-
tinuously in the auditorium, and a
brochure will be made available for self-
guided tours of the exhibition.
Also, at the entrance to the exhibition,
visitors may obtain an audio tour,
providing a 30-minute, narrated history
and description of the show for $2. Students
and those over 65 will be admitted for $1.
A series of lectures by noted scholars
will be presented in conjunction with the
exhibition. They include “Chinese Ar-
chaeology and the Qin Terra Cotta Army,”
by K.C. Chang, scheduled for 7:30 p.m.,
Nov. 20, and 10 a.m., Nov. 21; “The Styles
of the Chinese Bronze from Shang to Zhou
and Han,” by Max Loehr, scheduled for
7:30p.m. Jan. 8.
There will also be a lecture on “The
Great Bronze Age of China: New Ar-
chaeological Issues,” by Virginia C. Kane,
scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Jan. 22.
Left: A terra cotta cavalryman and his saddled horse, nearly six feet tall, are one of
eight life-size military figures to be displayed at Fort Worth’s Kimbell Museum Dec. 10-
Top:A gilt-bronze lamp from the Western Han period, an 18-inch bronze figure, is one of
the rarest objects on display.
Above:An arresting silhouette and bold ornament emphasize the important ritual func-
tion of a bronze wine bucket formed in the Anyang period of China.
James J. Mapes will present a lecture on
hypnosis involving total audience par-
ticipation at 8 p.m., today in the Setzer
Student Center Ballroom.
“A Journey Into the Imagination
through Hypnosis,” a lecture on hypnosis
as a powerful tool to harness the potential
of the human mind, is sponsored by the
SSC Council Forum Committee, Larry
DeCuir, committee chairman, said.
Mapes grew up outside Chicago in Zion,
111. He attended California State Univer-
sity, Northridge, where he lost 96 pounds
and stopped smoking with the help of a
The experience began a life-long
fascination with hypnosis, and he started
to read everything he could on the subject.
Tickets to the performance are $1 with
LU ID, $1.50 for high school students and $2
for the general public.
The musical comedy “Goldilocks” will
be presented by the Beaumont Community
Players at 8:15 p.m. Thursday, Friday and'
Saturday, Nov. 27-29 and Dec. 4-6, director
Mike Hayes said.
“Goldilocks” is set in the silent^movie
days of the Nickelodean age, 1914, and was
written by Walter and Jean Kerr.
David Hornack, assistant to the vice
president for student affairs, is cast as
Max Grady, a wheeler-dealer movie direc-
tor who is scheming to make his silent
movie epic, “Egypt.” He snags Broadway
star Maggie, played by Jane Woods,
Beaumont, into a movie contract.
On the silver screen she becomes
"Goldilocks,” and Max cons her into
playing in one after the other of his pot-
boilers as he embezzles the studio funds.
Melanie Wiggen, Beaumont freshman
majoring in music, is choreographer for
the show. She is a member of the concert
choir. Wiggen has done choreography for
productions at St. Stephens Episcopal
Hornack has appeared in several BCP
productions, including the drama
“Sleuth,” the comedies “Dracula,” “The
Mousetrap” and “A Flea in Her Ear.”
This will be Hornack’s musical comedy
David Broussard, Port Neches
sophomore, is cast as Billy, an actor who
specializes in death scenes. Leslie Bir-
dwell, Silsbee senior, and Tom Broussard,
Port Neches freshman, are in the chorus.
The BCP production will be the first time
“Goldilocks” has been performed in this
area, Hayes said. The performances will
be at the Fairgrounds Playhouse and
reservations can be made by calling 838-
The Elephant Man,” voted the best play
of 1979 by the New York Drama Critics Cir-
cle and also a 1979 Tony Award winner,
will appear at the Frances Lutcher
Theatre Saturday at 8 p.m.
The two-act play, based upon an actual
case history, tells the story of John
Merrick, a-freak who was rescued from a
demeaning sideshow exhibition by
Frederick Treves, a highly regarded Lon-
don surgeon. .
In Treves’ hospital, Merrick becomes
the darling of the day, ending his brief, but
unusual, 27-year life receiving the cream
of London society in his hospital room.
Among the eminent Victorians who visit
him is Mrs. Kendal, the actress, creating
an oasis of warmth and humanity that
enables ‘‘The Elephant Man” to reveal a
wit and intelligence that surprises even his
Playwright Bernard Pomerance created
a character, which, without requiring the
actor to don grotesque make-up, suggests
the terrible- physical deformity that
Merrick bore, and also the electrifying
spirit that those people encouraged by.
Treves to know him saw in him.
Tickets for “The Elephant Man” are on
sale at Ticketron, including the full-
operation system at the Lutcher Theatre
box office... _,
Beaumont Art Museum—Ryijy Rugs from Finland:
200 Years of a Textile Art. Exhibit continues through
Dec. 7. Museum hours: 10a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday through
Friday, 2 p.m.,-5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Closed
SSCC Videotape—“Days of Thrills and Laughter,”
today through Friday in the Videotape Lounge. Free.
SSCC Movies—The Boys in Company C,” Thursday,
12:30p.m. and 3:30p.m., 50 cents; 6:30 p.m. and 9p.m.,
$1. "Laura,” Tuesday, 12:30 p.m., 50 cents; 7 p.m., $1;
SSCC Forum—James Mapes, mentalist, will lecture
tonight at 8 p.m., SSC Ballroom. Tickets: $1 with LU
ID, $2 general public and $1.50 high school students.
Iggy Pop—Appearing Thursday at the Agora
Ballroom in Houston. Call (713) 960-1318 for showtime.
John Klemmer—Friday at the Agora Ballroom in
Houston. Call (713) 960-1318 for showtime. ,
Steve Forbert—Appearing in concert tonight at the
Agora Ballroom in Houston. Call (713) 960-1318 for
Talking Heads—Appearing Saturday at the Agora
Ballroom in Houston. Call (713) 960-1318 for showtime.
Maynard Ferguson—Tonight at Rockefellers in
Houston. Call (713) 864-6242 for information.
SSCC Concert Committee—Rocky Hill in concert, 8
p.m. Monday in the SSC Ballroom. Free. Free beer and
SSCC Coffeehouse—Beacon City Band at 9 p.m.
Friday, SSC Perch. Free.
Lamar Jazz Bands Concert—All Region High School
Band, Jazz Bands "A” and “B” performing at 7 p.m.
Dec. 2, in Jefferson Theatre.
Lutcher Theatre—“The Elephant Man,” 8 p.m. Satur-
day. Call (713) 866-5535 for ticket information.
Port Arthur Little Theater—“How the Other Half
Loves,” 8:15 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday.
Call 962-1340 for reservations.
Beaumont Little Theater—“Goldilocks,” 8:15 p.m.
Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Call 838-4551 for
reservations. Performances also on Nov. 27-29, Dec. 5-
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