Made in the Americas: The New World Discovers Asia examines the profound influence of Asia on the arts of the colonial Americas. Featuring some of the most extraordinary objects produced in the Americas, this scholarly exhibition is the first, Pan-American study to explore how craftsmen across North, Central, and South America adapted Asian styles in a range of media—from furniture to silverwork, textiles, ceramics, and painting. Exquisite objects from Mexico City, Lima, Quito, Boston, New York, and Philadelphia, dating from the 17th to the early 19th centuries, include folding screens made in Mexico in imitation of imported Japanese and Chinese screens, blue and white talavera ceramics copied from imported Chinese porcelains, and luxuriously woven textiles made to replicate fine silks and cottons imported from China and India.
Exhibition presented by DuPont, Glenmede and John L. and Marjorie P. McGraw
With additional support from M&T Bank and Potter Anderson & Corroon LLP
This exhibition is organized by the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.
(Image: Desk and Bookcase, mid-18th century, Zoe Oliver and Charles H. Sherman Fund 2015. Museum of Fine Arts, Boston)