OIL ON CANVAS – New York City tenement buildings
Opening: “Age of Empires: Chinese Art of the Han & Qin Dynasties (221 B.C.–A.D. 220)” at Metropolitan Museum of Art“When you see your face reflected here, this mirror will dispel all harms and woes,” reads an inscription on an ancient Chinese artifact now on show at the Met. It’s hard to say whether the works in “Age of Empires: Chinese Art of the Han & Qin Dynasties (221 B.C.–A.D. 220)” will indeed make us forgot our politically fraught times, especially given that this exhibition focuses on the rise and fall of two dynasties, but this blockbuster show at least promises to dazzle. The majority of the 160 ceramics, sculptures, paintings, calligraphic texts, and architectural models on view have never been seen in the West. And, to top it all off, the show will feature some of China’s famed terracotta warriors, which, during the Qin dynasty, were made to protect emperors in the afterlife.Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1000 5th Avenue, 10 a.m.–5:30 p.m.