PEM Conservator Mimi Leveque and Daisy Yiyou Wang, The Robert N. Shapiro Curator of Chinese and East Asian Art, discuss work on a silk wall hanging on view in the "Empresses of China's Forbidden City" exhibition. Photo by Kathy Tarantola/PEM.

Lowell Lecture

An Afternoon with the "Empresses of China's Forbidden City"

Date & Time

Jan. 13, 2019 at 1 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.


Peabody Essex Museum
161 Essex St. Salem , MA 01970
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Peabody Essex Museum


Adult Education Courses


Jennifer Evans (, 978-542-1528)

PRESENTATION: "Behind the Scenes of Conservation" 1 - 1:45 pm Join PEM's Conservator Mimi Leveque as she discusses why the most vexing issues facing conservators today are not what they can do, but what they should do - namely the ethics of conservation.

FILM: "Masters in the Forbidden City" (50 minutes) 2:15 - 3:05 pm An award-winning documentary on preserving China's 1.8 million national treasures, this film follows the daily lives of the conservators and scientists who conserve priceless items in the Palace Museum collection. In Mandarin with English Subtitles.

CURATOR-LED TOUR "A Thousand Stitches: Stories and Treasures from the Textiles and Jewelry Collection in the Forbidden City" 3:30 - 4:30 pm / Reservations required at Led by curator Daisy Yiyou Wang, this tour invites you to look closely at the craftsmanship and symbolism of the stunning robes and jewelry in the exhibition.