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 year's celebration welcomes Year of the Dog.

Schedule of the day include:

12-3 PM / Lantern-Making Art Activity
Chinese lanterns are a beautiful reminder of the Chinese New Year.  Make and decorate your own!

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 history of Chinese art and thought.

1:15-2 PM / Spotlight Talks: Forces of Nature
Join Museum docents to see representations of Nature by diverse artists.

1:30-2 PM / The Great Race: The Story of the Chinese Zodiac
Elizabeth Braunworth, Palm Beach County Library System, reads this children’s story; and check out the Library’s table between 12 and 3 pm.

2-2:30 PM / Children’s Concert Chat with Musician Wang Guowei
A wonderful opportunity for children to hear and learn about Chinese music

2:15-3 PM / Spotlight Talks: The Human Form in Sculpture
Join Museum docents to discover ancient and modern sculpture.

3-3:50 PM / Tour: Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney: Sculpture

3:15-3:30 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 the Chinese New Year to Museum audiences.

3:30-5 PM / Calligraphy Demonstration
Mr. Hu demonstrates the most renowned art in China.

4-7 PM / Square Word Calligraphy
After being inspired by Mr. Hu’s demonstration, participants are welcome to try “Square Word Calligraphy” developed by one of China’s leading contemporary artists, Xu Bing.

4:15-5 PM / Spotlight Talks: Forces of Nature
Did you miss this earlier? Join Museum docents to see representations of Nature by diverse artists.

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. He has arranged pieces for erhu and piano, and is accompanied by award-winning pianist Yoko Sata Kothari.  Free, general admission tickets will be available on a first-come, first-served basis at 3 p.m.

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.