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March 1, 2019 - April 8, 2019
9:00 AM - 7:00 PM
EXHIBIT HOURS Monday 9-7 Tuesday 9-7 Wednesday 9-7 Thursday 9-7 Friday 9-4 Saturday 9-4 ?Closed Sundays
Utah Cultural Celebration Center
1355 West 3100 South
West Valley City
Sounds of Silk Exhibit
Friday, March 1, 2019
Katherine St. John and Eastern Arts have an extensive collection of musical instruments,
traditional clothing and other textiles and items from cultures found on the ancient Silk Road, and
sought to share these items, their history and contemporary use with the general public, thus the
origin of this exhibit. The Sounds of Silk exhibit has been featured at a number of locations over
the past ten years including several months at the Charleston Heights Library in Clark County/Las
Vegas Nevada in 2015; the former Utah Museum of Art; the Brown House Gallery in Springville,
Marmalade Library in 2018 and twice at the Bountiful Davis Art Center.
The Silk Road first operated as a route between China and the capital of the Roman Empire in the
2nd century BCE/BC. It was approximately 7000 kilometers long. The most valuable material
commodity imported from China at the time was silk, which is an obvious explanation why this
entire transcontinental trade route was named The Silk Road. However many things were shared
and traded, both tangible and intangible. Philosophies and religious concepts were shared along
with items such as silk, methods of art and design, culinary traditions, music, dance much more.
This exhibit and the accompanying lecture demonstration will look at some physical items and
philosophical concepts shared over centuries on the Silk Road and environs.
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