Bridges to Heaven is an international symposium organized by the P. Y. and Kinmay W. Tang Center for East Asian Art with support from The Blakemore Foundation and co-sponsored with the Princeton University Art Museum, the East Asian Studies Program and the Department of Art and Archaeology
This symposium will feature fifteen paper presentations, and a related festschrift publication to follow will include about forty papers by Professor Fong's students and several of his colleagues. Both will honor Wen Fong's 45 years of teaching at Princeton, his years of leadership at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, and his unsurpassed impact on the field of Asian art history. The main title of the symposium and of the subsequent publication, "Bridges to Heaven," pays homage to Wen Fong's ground-breaking dissertation and his resultant early publication, entitled The Lohans and a Bridge to Heaven (1958). Many of Wen Fong's students in Chinese, Japanese, and Korean art history will present new research that has been deeply influenced intellectually and methodologically by his teaching and has ventured "across many bridges," linking art history with a multitude of other disciplines, including literature, political and social history, religion, anthropology, and geography.
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Zhou Jichang (act. late 12th century), Miracle at the Rock Bridge in the Tiantai Mountains, 1178. Detail. Hanging scroll, ink and color on silk, 109.9 x 52.7 cm. Freer Gallery of Art, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC. Gift of Charles Lang Freer, F1907.139.

Guo Xi ( ca. 1000-ca. 1090), Old Trees, Level Distance. Detail. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Gift of John M Crawford, Jr., in honor of Douglas Dillon, 1981. 91981.276). Photograph: Malcolm Varon

Bridge and Willows, Momoyama Period. Detail. Pair of 6-panel folding screens; ink, color, gold, and copper on gilded paper Momoyama Period Property of Mary Griggs Burke Photograph: Bruce Schwarz

Jade Belt Bridge Photograph: Ronald Knapp