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Dartmouth Historian Discusses Mongol People and Their Art

KEENE, N.H. 10/21/05 - The history of the Mongol people and the ways it has affected their art will be discussed by Pamela Crossley, professor of history at Dartmouth College, on Thursday, Nov. 10, at 7 p.m. at the Thorne-Sagendorph Art Gallery at Keene State College.

From their origins to the creation of their vast empire, the Mongols exchanged influence with the great cultural spheres of the Turks, the Chinese, and Tibet, and drew on the rich artistic traditions of Central Asia, explains Crossley.

Crossley is a specialist on the history of East Asia and Inner Asia. She is the author of A Translucent Mirror: History and Identity in Qing Imperial Ideology, which was awarded the Levenson Prize by the Association for Asian Studies. She also wrote The Manchus and is co-author of both The Earth and Its Peoples and Global Society: The World since 1900. A former Guggenheim fellow, Crossley has written not only for scholarly publications but also for The New York Times Literary Supplement, The New Republic, Far East Economic Review, and Royal Academy of Art Magazine.

Her lecture complements the Mongolian Art Project open through Sunday, Nov. 20, at the Thorne Art Gallery. The exhibit “Mongolian Art: A Living Landscape” tells the story of the nomadic Mongols of central Asia through art objects, artifacts, and images. The Mongolian project also includes “Convergence: Mongolia in the 21st Century,” a photography exhibition by Adrienn Hruska, and the PBS video, “Wild Horses of Mongolia with Julia Roberts.”

Free guided gallery tours of the Mongolian Art Project are offered by Keene State art student Adrienne LaBombard at 3 p.m. on Sundays. Reservations are not required.

This exhibit supports Keene State’s Commission on Multiculturalism and Diversity and the KSC Fourth Biennial World Affairs Symposium, “Globalization: Impact on Peoples of the World,” which runs Thursday to Saturday, Nov. 3-5.

Major funding for this project comes from the Friends of the Thorne, Bank of America, New Hampshire State Council on the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts Grant, KSC Alumni Association Grant, Pepsi-KSC Partnership Grant, and KEA and KSC Thorne-Sagendorph Art Gallery Endowment Funds. Other funding from C & S Wholesale Grocers Inc.; Kingsbury Fund; Markem Corporation; Bruce Le Vine Mellion ‘69 and Linda Zucker Mellion; Savings Bank of Walpole; Cheshire Oil Company; Fred H. Hamblet Inc.; Filtrine Manufacturing; Re/Max Town and Country; Findings Inc.; Grashow’s Corporation; Nicola’s Trattoria; Fenton Family Dealerships; Church and Main Inc.; Goodnow, Arwe, Ayer, Prigge, Hoppock, Kane & Abert; Sterling Design; The Pub Restaurant; Toepfer Jewelers; and Bellows House Bakery.

“Mongolian Art: A Living Landscape” is organized and circulated by Curatorial Assistance Traveling Exhibitions (CATE), Pasadena, Calif.

The exhibits, lecture, and tours are free and open to the public. The gallery is open from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday through Wednesday, and noon to 7 p.m. Thursday and Friday. It is closed Friday, Nov. 11, for Veterans Day and Wednesday to Sunday, Nov. 23-27, for the Thanksgiving break. The gallery is accessible to people with disabilities. To request accommodations for a disability, please call the gallery at least two weeks before your visit. For information, call 603-358-2720 or visit

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