Penn Lightbulb Café: ‘How Chinese Architecture Became Modern, 1927-1977’

Gina Bryan | | 215-898-8721
Jacquie Posey | | 215-898-6460
Tuesday, March 28, 2017


Nancy Steinhardt
Professor, Department of East Asian Art
Chair, Department of East Asian Languages and Civilizations
​​​​​​​University of Pennsylvania


Penn Lightbulb Café: “How Chinese Architecture Became Modern, 1927-1977”


Tuesday, April 4
​​​​​​​6-7 p.m. 


World Cafe Live Upstairs, 3025 Walnut St., Philadelphia

Nancy Steinhardt’s research focuses on the art, architecture and archaeology of China, Korea and Japan from the 2nd through 14th centuries. She will discuss the period from 1927, when the first group of Chinese architects trained abroad returned home, to 1977, the year Mao Zedong died, when Chinese architecture transformed from buildings like the Forbidden City to a modern building system inspired by Western architecture. France, the United States, the Soviet Union, Taiwan and Japan are all part of this story that takes place during the war-torn 1930s and 1940s, through the Soviet advisors of the 1950s and the Cultural Revolution of 1966-1976. Sun Yatsen and Mao were central to China’s drive toward modernism in this tumultuous half-century.

The talk is part of the Penn Lightbulb Café free public-lecture series presented by Penn Arts & Sciences and the Office of University Communications that takes arts, humanities and social-sciences scholarship out of the classroom for a night on the town. Each hour-long talk begins at 6 p.m., and the presentation will be followed by an audience Q&A. Café events are free and open to the public. Food and beverages will be available for purchase. Seating is limited. RSVPs are encouraged. To RSVP or for more information or directions, contact Gina Bryan at 215-898-8721 or email at