In the new unit on the Qing emperors' rural retreat—plundered and destroyed by British and French forces at the close of the 2nd Opium War—an interactive map reveals just what a loss this paradise was.
New on MIT Visualizing Cultures: the China albums (1873-1874) of John Thomson, the first Western photographer to depict the interior of China.
• a visually detailed essay by Professor Allen Hockley, Dartmouth College
• visual narratives that reveal the themes in Thomson's albums
• a complete reproduction of Thomson's four Illustrations of China and Its People albums
April 6 - May 23, 2010, Sperone Westwater, NYC
Otto was director of MIT's Center for Advanced Visual Studies for many years (and my thesis advisor). A major book on his art work and influence on environmental art is nearing final preparation.