Chinese New Year Celebration
February 17, 2018 / Noon-8 PM
Celebrate the world’s oldest civilization on a day dedicated to the arts and culture of China. This years celebration welcomes Year of the Dog.
Highlights of the day include:
12:30 PM and 2:30 PM / Curator’s Conversation with Laurie Barnes
The Norton’s Elizabeth B. McGraw Curator of Chinese Art discusses works on view that represent animals associated with the lunar year cycle and relates them to the rich history of Chinese art and thought. Jade rabbit, tiger, and dragon ornaments; a dragon ritual wine vessel; a funerary horse; and dragon-decorated roof-ridge panels are included in the presentation.
2-2:30 PM / Children’s Concert Chat with Musician Wang Guowei
3:15 PM / Dragon Dance and Lion Dance Performance by Li Koon Hung Kung Fu
Master Li brings his talented troupe based in Sunrise, Florida, to the Norton for the fourth year in a row, presenting one of the highlights of this Asian festival to Museum audiences. Chinese dragons are believed to bring people good luck, as they are believed to possess qualities that include power, dignity, and wisdom. The Lion Dance is also performed for good luck. Both dances are accompanied by beating drums and clashing cymbals.
5-6 PM / Concert: Wang Guowei Performs Music for the Erhu
A master of the erhu, a two-stringed, fiddle-like instrument, Wang has performed around the world, and is based in New York City. He has arranged several pieces for erhu and piano, and he is accompanied by award-winning pianist Yoko Sata Kothari. Wang states that, “the music will be traditional, including folk repertoire related to the Lunar New Year.”
Free, general admission tickets will be available on a first-come, first-served basis at 3 p.m.
3:30-5 PM / Calligraphy Demonstration
4-7 PM / Square Word Calligraphy
Skilled calligrapher Gordon Hu demonstrates the ancient art form in the Central Garden. After being inspired by Hu’s demonstration, participants are welcome to try “Square Word Calligraphy.” This engaging system that transforms the alphabet into calligraphy was developed by one of China’s leading contemporary artists, Xu Bing.
6:30 PM / Fireworks over the Intracoastal
After sunset, enjoy a dazzling fireworks display from the East Courtyard.
Free. No RSVP required.
This program is made possible in part through the generosity of John and Heidi Niblack.