WASHINGTON (Feb. 15, 2007)–An exhibition of contemporary images of the American West by 25 top National Geographic photographers begins a six-city tour of China at Beijing’s National Art Museum of China on Thursday, March 29, 2007.
The exhibit, “Under the Big Sky: Images of the American West,” will feature 40 images by such renowned photographers as William Albert Allard, Sam Abell, Jim Richardson, Joel Sartore, Michael Nichols, David Alan Harvey, Ira Block, James P. Blair and George Mobley. The work spans the past 30 years and includes pictures of Native Americans; cowboys and cactuses; buffalo, cattle and elk; farming activities; rodeo riders; Havasu Falls; Canyon de Chelly and many other American West scenes.
The National Geographic photo exhibit will be displayed alongside an exhibit of contemporary art of the American West curated by the Meridian International Center in Washington, D.C. The joint exhibit, organized in collaboration with the National Art Museum of China and the Chinese Ministry of Culture, will be in Beijing until April 24, 2007. It will then travel to Urumchi Art Museum in Urumchi from May 4 to June 2; Shanxi Art Museum in Xi’an from June 12 to July 4; Painting Institute in Shanghai from July 14 to Aug. 4; Qingdao Modern Art Centre in Qingdao from Aug.18 to Sept.10; and Hong Kong in October 2007.
Before it leaves for China next month, the Meridian art exhibit, “Out West: The Great American Landscape,” can be seen at the White-Meyer House, 1624 Crescent Place, N.W., Washington, D.C. Three National Geographic photographs that will be part of the Chinese exhibit are also on display. They are Allard’s “Rodeo Rider,” Nichols’ “Colorado River in Marble Canyon” and Abell’s “Montana Horse Wrangler.”
National Geographic’s relationship with China spans more than a century. Since 1903, the Society has given 269 grants, totaling nearly $5 million, for research and field work in China. Seventy-seven grants, worth $1.4 million, have been awarded to Chinese scientists.
TRENDS Communication Co. Ltd. in China publishes China Geography magazine, which contains material from National Geographic magazine. It also publishes National Geographic Traveler magazine and National Geographic book titles. National Geographic has additional book club license agreements with the Bertelsmann Book Club in China for National Geographic Traveler guides and photography field guides.
The Society’s educational outreach assists Chinese schoolchildren by providing reading materials in core science and social studies topics as well as English literacy. In partnership with North Star Media, the combined print run of all National Geographic school products reached 13 million copies in the last three years.
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