Chinese New Year Family Funday at the KIA

February 28, 1-4 p.m.

Posted: February 5, 2010
Source: Farrell Howe
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 5, 2010

Kalamazoo Institute of Arts Celebrates Chinese New Year with a Family Funday

February 28, 1-4 p.m. Admission is free.

Chinese New Year

Kalamazoo, MI - Friday, February 5, 2010. The Kalamazoo Institute of Arts invites you to join us and celebrate the Chinese New Year with a Family Funday on Sunday, February 28, 1-4 p.m.

This family-friendly, cultural celebration includes: performances of a Lion Dance; traditional Chinese folk dances and music; demonstrations of such traditional Chinese arts and crafts as paper cutting, calligraphy and knot tying; artist-led opportunities for children to make projects such as paper lanterns and cut-out Chinese characters, and much more!

This event is coordinated in partnership with the Chinese Association of Greater Kalamazoo and the Harold and Grace Upjohn Foundation.

Admission free.

Family Funday is sponsored by Target.

Chinese dancer

The Chinese New Year Celebration Family Funday was inspired by the KIA exhibition, Woodcuts in Modern China, 1937-2008, (showing through April 18th).

This exhibition is the first to be organized in the U.S. to present a comprehensive overview of the beginnings and development of Chinese woodcuts.

Chinese artists adapted the Western-style woodcut to create a pictorial language that resonated with the illiterate masses. They also created the beginnings of communist art in China and, in the most general sense, laid the foundation of modern Chinese art.

This exhibition features 58 Chinese woodblock prints. Twenty-six pieces are drawn from the collection of the Picker Art Gallery's rare collection of modern Chinese woodcuts from the 1930s and 1940s. In addition, more than 25 woodblock prints by eleven contemporary Chinese artists (1950s-today) are included.

Admission to the exhibition is free.

Woodcuts in Modern China was organized by the Picker Art Gallery at Colgate University, and was made possible by a generous gift by Robert H.G. Ho. Its showing in Kalamazoo is supported by the Joy Light East Asian Art Acquisition and Exhibition Fund, with additional support from the Harold and Grace Upjohn Foundation.

Those interested in learning more about Chinese Woodcuts should plan to attend the following events:

The Kalamazoo Institute of Arts is a nonprofit art museum and school. Since 1924, the institute has offered art classes and free-admission programming, including exhibitions, lectures, events, activities and a permanent collection. The KIA's mission is to cultivate the creation and appreciation of the visual arts for the communities of West Michigan.

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