Dame Jillian Sackler International Artists Exhibition Program

Arthur M. Sackler Museum of Art and Archaeology at Peking University


July 4 – September 27, 2015


The Arthur M. Sackler Museum of Art and Archaeology at Peking University is pleased to present Toni Scott's “DNA - BLOODLINES AND THE FAMILY OF MANKIND” the third exhibition of the Dame Jillian Sackler International Artists Exhibition Program.

In the United States her "Bloodlines" exhibitions dealt with her "maternal and paternal lineage and genealogical information and stories gathered from relatives." For China she will "expand the theme adding new dimensions inspired by recent DNA findings that forge together histories and relationships of Native Americans to the peoples of Asia and Africa."

In the main gallery, Toni Scott will create a slave boat, a 20 ft. long by 8 ft. high by 8 ft. wide floating vessel created with images of slaves, flooded with inner light that will cast the images of suffering onto the floor below. For the courtyard, one large and two smaller teepees are planned. Each teepee on the outside will be decorated in traditional Native American style, but the inside will showcase the past, the present and the future of Native American lives through writings by Native American children and people of all ages.

It will be a celebration of the human spirit and the will to live and prosper in a humane social and multi-cultural world.


The Dame Jillian Sackler International Artists Exhibition Program was established to bring talented international artists to the Sackler Museum at Beida. Artwork for this program must have cultural value in order to create an open dialogue between the work and the viewer. It is our mission to have exhibitions that are informative, exciting, interactive and most of all thought-provoking. The aim of this program is to create cross-cultural understanding and promote lasting relationships between peoples by bringing works by artists from diverse backgrounds to China.



Arthur M. Sackler Gallery
Smithsonian Institution
Washington, D.C.


Spring 2015

Prof. Liu Yanqi from Peking University has been chosen as the Exchange Scholar for 2015 by the Dame Jillian & Dr. Arthur M. Sackler Foundation for the Arts, Sciences & Humanities.

He will spend three months in the US, studying with experts in the field of conservation at the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery and Freer Gallery of Art in Washington DC. He will also visit other art institutions in the US to learn how to manage and conserve art collections and will be fully funded by this Foundation.

On his return to Beijing he will become the Chief Conservator at the Arthur M. Sackler Museum of Art and Archaeology at Peking University.

Drawing Causal Inference from Big Data

National Academy of Sciences
Washington, D.C.


March 26-27, 2015

Organized by Richard M. Shiffrin (Indiana University), Susan Dumais (Microsoft Corporation), Mike Hawrylycz (Allen Institute), Jennifer Hill (New York University), Michael Jordan (University of California, Berkeley), Bernhard Scholkopf (Max Planck Institute) and Jasjeet Sekhon (University of California, Berkeley)


"This colloquium is motivated by the exponentially growing amount of information collected about complex systems, colloquially referred to as “Big Data”. It is aimed at methods to draw causal inference from these large data sets, most of which are not derived from carefully controlled experiments. Although correlations among observations are vast in number and often easy to obtain, causality is much harder to assess and establish, partly because causality is a vague and poorly specified construct for complex systems..."

For more information go to Arthur M. Sackler Colloquia