Treasures through Six Generations: Chinese Painting and Calligraphy from the Weng Collection


April 11, 2009–July 13, 2009

Boone Gallery




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Chinese Culture and Art Series of Public Programs

April 14  |  Tuesday, 7:30 p.m.

Free.  No reservations required.
Peter Sturman, associate professor of Chinese painting and calligraphy at the University of California, Santa Barbara, speaks on Weng Tonghe’s calligraphy.

April 18–May 30  |  Saturdays, 9 - 10:30 a.m.
Tai Chi Series

Members: $140.  Non-Members: $160.
Learn tai chi in the tranquil setting of the gardens in this seven-part class led by instructor Kathy Zenju Chyan.

May 6, 7, 8  |  Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, 9 a.m.–noon
Traditional Chinese Floral Arranging Series

Members: $85.  Non-Members: $95.
Join Rosa Zee, certified instructor from the Chinese Floral Art Foundation, for this three- part series that includes an opening day lecture and demonstration, followed by two days of hands-on floral arranging. Participants will learn to create two traditional, classic-style Chinese arrangements from master instructors from Taiwan. Traditional Chinese floral arranging existed 2,000 years ago and was popular among the people during the Ming dynasty. Before that, Chinese floral arranging was only practiced in the courts.  Taiwan has spent the last 30 years reviving this long lost art.

May 9 & 16  |  Saturdays, 9 a.m.–noon
Chinese Brush Painting and Calligraphy Workshop

Members: $75.  Non-Members: $95.
Join artist Peifang Liang for this two-part workshop and learn basic techniques in Chinese brush painting and calligraphy.  Students will create a traditional Chinese brush painting, complete with poem and signature.

May 14  |  Thursday, 4:30–5:30 p.m.
Curator Tour

Members: $15.  Non-Members: $20.
Join curator June Li for a private tour of the exhibition “Treasures through Six Generations” as she provides insights into one of the greatest collections of Chinese painting and calligraphy in the nation.

May 16  |  Saturday, 6 p.m.
Family Evening:  Musical Performance with Marc Yu

Members: $12.  Non-Members: $17.
Join us for an extraordinary evening with “child prodigy” Marc Yu. This 10-year-old pianist has performed at venues all over the world, such as London's Royal Albert Hall and New York City’s Carnegie Hall. As a student at the Conservatory of Music in Shanghai, China, Marc has developed his talent as a world-class performer. His repertoire ranges from Beethoven and Chopin to Mozart and Tchaikovsky. The exhibit “Treasures through Six Generations” will be opened for a special viewing prior to the performance.

May 21  |  Thursday, 7 p.m.
Erhu Performance: Karen Hua-Qi Han

Members: $25.  Non-Members: $35.
Internationally renowned erhu virtuoso Karen Hua-Qi Han presents a captivating performance on this ancient Chinese two-stringed instrument. A concert soloist performing worldwide, she has collaborated with the Paris Opera Orchestra, the New York Pops Orchestra, and the London Royal Philharmonic.

May 30  |  Saturday, 9–11:30 a.m.
Children’s Workshop: Chinese Brush Painting

Members: $20.  Non-Members: $25.
Artist Peifang Liang introduces the traditional art of Chinese brush painting while guiding students through basic techniques. A visit to the Chinese garden as well as the exhibition offers a glimpse into the past among centuries-old works of art. Ages 7 and up with 1 accompanying adult.

May 30  |  Saturday, 9 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
A Taste of Art: China Through the Five Senses

Members: $75.  Non-Members: $95.
Maite Gomez-Rejón, chef and art educator, will lead participants though the Garden of Flowing Fragrance and the exhibition “Treasures through Six Generations,” while discussing how the natural landscape has shaped and inspired Chinese art, literature, and poetry. Students will then prepare a meal that might have been enjoyed by an ancient Chinese scholar.

June 13  |  Saturday, 9–11:30 a.m.
Children’s Workshop: Cooking up a Fortune

Members: $25.  Non-Members: $30.
Art educator and chef Maite Gomez-Rejon will lead children through the “Treasures through Six Generations” exhibition and the Chinese garden to show how the natural world can inspire us. Young writers will become young chefs in the kitchen, baking fortune cookies with written inscriptions inside as they learn the true history of these delicious desserts. Ages 7 & up. Children must be accompanied by an adult (1 adult only).

June 23  |  Tuesday,  7:30 p.m.

Free.  No reservations required.
Hao Sheng, curator of Chinese art at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, talks about Weng Tonghe’s collecting and Weng’s experiences as revealed in his diaries and colophons (inscriptions on paintings), touching on other members of the Weng family as well.

Register for events by calling 626-405-2128.  
Seating is first-come, first-served.



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