Programs for Tales of Two Cities: New York & Beijing

Bruce Museum 

1 Museum Drive, Greenwich, CT 06830

Saturday, May 3, 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

Saturday Symposium: New York – Beijing: Blurred Outlines, Crossed Stories

The Museum presents a symposium expanding the knowledge related to the history, culture, and peoples of New York City and Beijing to foster sensitivity, appreciation and understanding of diversity in these two cities, and provide a platform for an ongoing dialogue through the arts that promotes cultural diplomacy.

Reservations are strongly suggested for this special program; call the Museum at 203-869-0376.
Members $15, non-members $25; students with valid ID $5.

10 am.  Introduction: Susan Ball, Deputy Director, Bruce Museum
Curators, Michelle Y. Loh, Pan Qing and Sarah McNaughton, and art advisor John Rajchman
10:30 am. Lecture:  Cultural Landscape in China in the Post-Mao Era
Yibing Huang, Associate professor of Chinese at Connecticut College
Professor Huang will discuss modern and contemporary Chinese literature, cinema, and popular culture.
11:30 am. Curator’s Tour of the exhibition with Michelle Y. Loh, Pan Qing, and Sarah McNaughton
12:30 pm. Lunch break: Lunch on your own, a list of nearby restaurants will be available.
2:00 – 4:00 pm. Panel Discussions: In Conversation with Artists
2:00 pm. Simon Lee & Chen Shaoxiong, Joan Snyder & Wei Jia, Jorge Tacla & Li Taihuan
Moderator: Christopher Phillips, curator at International Center of Photograph
Facilitator: Sarah McNaughton
3:00 pm. Alois & Lin Yan, Michelle Fornabai & Qin Feng
Moderators: Mark Wasuita, Adjunct Assistant Professor of Architecture and Director of Exhibitions Columbia University’s GSAPP, and Pan Qing

Wednesday, May 21
Film:  East Wind West Wind — Pearl Buck: The Woman Who Embraced the World (85 min)

10:30 a.m. Screening followed by coffee and informal discussion

7:30 p.m. Screening followed by a discussion with the film’s producer, Donn Rogosin, and director, Craig Davidson

Presented in conjunction with the exhibition, Tales of Two Cities: New York & Beijing, this film follows the extraordinary path of a missionary child born in West Virginia and raised in rural China, who became one of the most popular writers of the 20th century. A blend of oral history and historical film footage forms an intimate and revealing portrait of this multi-faceted woman.  Best known for her novel The Good Earth, which received the Nobel Prize for literature, Pearl Buck had a long and prolific career as a writer.  In addition, using her fame as a writer, she was an activist who championed the social issues of her day including civil rights, the repeal of the Chinese Exclusion Act, mixed race adoption, understanding for the mentally retarded, and the awareness of the plight of American-Asian children.  The film is free with Museum admission.  Reservations are recommended by calling the Museum at 203-869-0376.

Sunday, June 1, 2014, 1:00 – 4:00 pm
World Science Festival Celebration

Artist’s talks in the exhibition Tales of Two Cities: New York & Beijing throughout the afternoon with Lin Yan, Wei Jia, and Michelle Fornabai.  Talks are free with Museum admission and will begin just after the hour at the gallery entrance, and will last approximately 45 minutes.

Sunday, June 15, 1:00 – 4:00 pm
Exploring China Family Day

Join us for a fun-filled afternoon of exploration, art-making and performances in celebration of the exhibition Tales of Two Cities: New York & Beijing.   Take a gallery hunt through the exhibition,  create a work of art inspired by the art on view, and at 3:00 pmthere will be a performance with Arts for Learning Connecticut’s Dance China NY of Lion Dance Plus!  Enjoy traditional Chinese dance pieces and audience participation featuring the Lion Dance, Mongolian Dance, Monkey King Dance, Fan Dance, Ribbon Dance and more!  All activities are suitable for people of all ages and abilities and are free with Museum admission.

July Summer Vacation Workshops: Cross Cultures Art: Beijing – New York
Tuesday – Friday, 8, 9, 10, 11, 11:00 am – 12:00 noon

A series of hands on workshops for students in grades 1 – 3, who will explore exhibition, and then work on related projects.

Tuesday – Calligraphy
Wednesday – Paper-making
Thursday – Experiments with Paint
Friday – Fiber Arts and Collage

Each workshop is a complete program, but the four projects are complementary. These inclusive workshops are suitable for students of all abilities.  Members $5, non-members $7, per child, per day, all materials included.  Reservations are required for each day, by calling the Museum at 203-869-0376.

Sunday, July 13,  1:00 – 4:00 pm
Year of the Horse: Chinese Celebration

Celebrate the summer season and the Chinese Year of the Horse with activities for the entire family.
Explore the art on view and then create your own inspired art!
Make a paper horse and take a ride on a real one!
After obtaining a ticket at the Museum, Pied Piper Pony Rides will provide youngsters a chance to pet and ride horses throughout the afternoon.  All activities are suitable for people of all ages and abilities and are free with Museum admission.


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