Objects of Addiction: Opium, Empire, and the Chinese Art Trade
How did the sale of opium in China by Massachusetts merchants in the 19th century contribute to a growing appetite for Chinese art at Harvard at the start of the 20th century?
Friday, September 15 10am – Sun, January 14 2024 5pm
Open Tuesday-Sunday 10am-5pm
Closed on major holidays
No application or registration needed.
- In-person only.
Harvard Art Museums
Cambridge, MA 02138
Objects of Addiction: Opium, Empire, and the Chinese Art Trade (September 15, 2023–January 14, 2024), explores the entwined histories of the opium trade and the Chinese art market between the late 18th and early 20th centuries. These two commodities—acquired through both legal and illicit means—had profound effects on the global economy, public health, immigration law, education, and the arts that are reverberating still today.