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South Coast Plaza Special Exhibit on Nixon and China

Jun 23 - Aug 18, 2016

South Coast Plaza and the Richard Nixon Foundation, along with renowned arts institutions, will present a one-of-a-kind exhibition this summer celebrating significant arts and cultural developments resulting from President Richard Nixon’s historic 1972 trip to China — the first time a U.S. president visited that nation. “The Week That Changed the World: Nixon, China and the Arts,” will be on display from June 24 to August 18 at South Coast Plaza’s Jewel Court.

The exhibition is an unprecedented collaboration by South Coast Plaza and the New Nixon Library with The Getty, Carnegie Hall, Bowers Museum, Orange County Museum of Art, Pacific Symphony, Philharmonic Society of Orange County, the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, Segerstrom Center for the Arts, South Coast Repertory and USC Pacific Asia Museum. 

The world-class, 2,300 sq.-ft. multi-media exhibition will feature a dynamic cylindrical design with culturally relevant themes: A yin yang motif symbolizes the complementary relationship between the two nations while a moon gate, a traditional architectural element in Chinese gardens, represents a portal connecting the two world powers. Engaging display panels provide an expansive backdrop for memorable highlights from the 1972 Nixon trip and for displays by significant institutions encapsulating a wealth of Chinese-related arts, culture, music and theater.

Meet Geoffrey Cowan

Aug 03, 2016@7:00 PM


Author of Let the People Rule: Theodore Roosevelt and the Birth of the Presidential Primary

Let the People Rule tells the exhilarating story of the four-month campaign that changed American politics forever.

In 1912 Theodore Roosevelt came out of retirement to challenge his close friend and handpicked successor, William Howard Taft, for the Republican Party nomination. To overcome the power of the incumbent, TR seized on the idea of presidential primaries, telling bosses everywhere to “Let the People Rule.” The cheers and jeers of rowdy supporters and detractors echo from Geoffrey Cowan’s pages as he explores TR’s fight-to-the-finish battle to win popular support In this utterly compelling work, Cowan illuminates lessons of the past that have great resonance for American politics today.

Geoffrey Cowan is president of the Annenberg Foundation Trust at Sunnylands, former dean of the USC's Annenberg School for Communication & Journalism and the best-selling author of The People v. Clarence Darrow.