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Exhibition and Lectures: Travel the Silk Road in Los Angeles!

Source: Farhang Foundation

Time: December 22, 2013 - April 13, 2014
Location: Natural History Museum, Los Angeles County - 900 Exposition Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90007
Tickets: (SPECIAL 15% FARHANG DISCOUNT - enter FF2014 at the time of check-out to receive the discount)
Phone: Phone: (213) 763-DINO
Organized By: American Museum of Natural History, Los Angeles County - Community Partner: Farhang Foundation

“You are about to make an unusual journey...”

This is a chance to experience the Silk Road as it was 1,000 years ago -- oasis cities, night markets, camel caravans, spice merchants, and ancient science tools devised by sailors and scholars!

During its golden age (AD 600 to 1200), the Silk Road opened up the world to new ideas and products. It stretched 4,600 miles through scorching desert sands and freezing snowy mountain passes, from eastern China through Central Asia to the Middle East. But along the way, travelers stopped in cities that, at the time, were the most tolerant and advanced places on Earth. Now those cities come alive in the exhibit Traveling the Silk Road: Ancient Pathway to the Modern World.

As smells of spice and music from ancient Chinese instruments fill the air, vistors explore bazaars filled with gems and crafts; a silk-making workshop with live silkworms; ancient scrolls filled with the secrets of technology and religion beliefs; the inside of a long-ago cargo ship; and astronomy tools that helped mariners navigate the seas.

Traveling the Silk Road: Ancient Pathway to the Modern World is organized by the American Museum of Natural History, New York in collaboration with Azienda Speciale Palaexpo, Roma, Italy, and Codice Idee per la cultura srl, Torino, Italy; and the Museum at Marina Bay Sands, Singapore; and the National Museum of Australia, Canberra, Australia and Art Exhibitions Australia; and the National Museum of Natural Science, Taichung, Taiwan and United Daily News, Taipei, Taiwan.

Traveling the Silk Road - LECTURE SERIES

CLICK HERE for a complete listing of the lectures and related information

“Tea Horse Road: The World’s Oldest and Highest Tea Trade Route” by Dr. Selena Ahmed
Thursday, January 16, 2014
Doors open at 6:30pm, Lecture begins at 7pm, Book signing and Cocktail tasting 8-9pm
Join ethnobotanist Dr. Selena Ahmed, co-author of the book Tea Horse Road: China's Ancient Trade Road to Tibet, on a journey starting in the motherland of the tea plant along the world’s oldest and highest tea trade route across the Himalaya. Tea is a species with a long history of cultivation, trade and consumption for wellbeing. Explore the rich cultural practices and biological diversity of the communities the Tea Horse Road passes. Hear about Dr. Ahmed’s discoveries of tea’s journey from a historical and contemporary perspective including issues related to sustainable farming, globalization, conservation, antioxidants and human health. The audience gets to know the plants and people, the lives and landscapes experienced through the exchange of tea and other natural resources. Enjoy spectacular photographs of this journey by co-author and award-winning photographer Michael Freeman. Books will be available for purchase and signing.
*Following the lecture, enjoy a tasting of cocktails with herbal blends created by Shoots & Roots Bitters

“Silk Road Journeys of the Eurasian Lute” by Dr. James Millward
Thursday, January 30, 2014
Doors open at 6:30pm, Lecture 7-8pm
Georgetown University professor, Dr. James Millward, discusses the ancestors of the guitar, viols, mandolin and other members of the stringed instrument family that hail from Central Eurasia and traveled both east and west along what we call the "Silk Road." Aspects of their musical and social contexts spread along with the instruments themselves, and examining these journeys gives us a deeper sense of what Eurasian cultural exchanges in ancient and medieval times entailed. Silk Road interactions involved more than the conveyance of a thing from point A to point B; these conversation laid the shared substratum of old world civilization and continue to resonate today, whenever strings are strummed.
*This lecture is made possible with support from the UCLA Asia Institute Program on Central Asia

“Recipes on the Road: Food Ideas Traveled Too”by Charles Perry
Thursday, February 13, 2014
Doors open at 6:30pm, Lecture 7-8pm
There was no market for recipes on the Silk Road, but food ideas did spread along it. Join Charles Perry, president and co-founder of the Culinary Historians of Southern California and former staff writer for the Los Angeles Times Food Section, as he takes us on a journey exploring the recipes on the Silk Road. In the earlier period, influence spread from the Iranian cultural world to China with the introduction of millstones, making wheat flour and Iranian-style dumplings possible. Some dishes invented in Sogdia (modern Uzbekistan) spread westward to the Middle East in the 9th century, and at some unknown date several centuries ago the Central Asian countries learned of the Indian chapatti. Later, a Central Asian pastry named chakchak appealed to the Manchus and is still made in China under its Manchu name, saqima. Chinese influence did not become strong in Central Asia until the 19th century.

“China and the World - The Silk Road Runs in Two Directions” by Terry McCarthy
Thursday, February 27, 2014
Doors open at 6:30pm, Lecture 7-8pm
Terry McCarthy, president and CEO of the Los Angeles World Affairs Council, discusses the Silk Road today. At the height of the Silk Road in the ancient Tang dynasty, traders made fortunes as China exported silk, gunpowder, the magnetic compass and the printing press to Europe and Central Asia, while it imported musical instruments, wools, gold and silver. But the Silk Road also served as a transmission route for ideas - Buddhism being the most notable. Today China and the West have a similarly prosperous trading relationship, and along these trade routes not only goods, but also ideas continue to travel.

“Under Silk Road Skies” by Dr. E.C. Krupp with an Introduction by Dr. Clifford V. Johnson
Thursday, March 27, 2014
Doors open at 6:30pm, Lecture 7-8pm
Join us for an evening with USC Physics and Astronomy Professor, Dr. Clifford V. Johnson, astronomer and director of Griffith Observatory, Dr. E.C. Krupp, and Griffith Observatory curator, Dr. Laura Danly.

Space is limited! For more information, you may contact the Programs Department at (213) 763-ED4U or Click Here. to send an email.

Purchase your tickets HERE (SPECIAL 15% FARHANG DISCOUNT - enter FF2014 at the time of check-out to receive the discount).

*Lecture tickets include admission to the special exhibit, Traveling the Silk Road

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