Isolation

Isolation is a state of being apart from others. In 2020, many of us have experienced significant isolation due to the global COVID-19 pandemic. Being physically separated from others and cut off from our usual points of contact affects each of us differently. This disconnection can be profoundly lonely and uncomfortable. But it may also offer the space and time to reevaluate and reset our priorities.
Explore collection stories—texts, videos, and creative responses from faculty, students, artists, scholars, and curators to works in the Tang collection.
Associate Professor of Asian Studies Benjamin Bogin’s class “SSP 009: In Light of Death” engaged with death-related collection artworks for a project titled “Death at the Tang.”
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In the first of two visits to the museum, each student selected an object and spent nearly the full class period examining it and writing about it without contextualizing information. On the second visit, after researching their objects, students each gave a three-minute oral presentation responding to the question “What does this object tell us about death and/or dying?” For the final class assignment, students submitted written reflections about how their understanding of their objects changed through research.
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