President Obama announces his intent to nominate Jane Chu as chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts 

President Obama announced on Feb. 12 his intent to nominate Dr. Jane Chu as Chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts.

The president said, “Jane’s lifelong passion for the arts and her background in philanthropy have made her a powerful advocate for artists and arts education in Kansas City. 

Talk and sculptures by noted ceramicist Gary Erickson

 By Elaine Dunn

 The Chinese Heritage Foundation Friends will host an evening talk by noted ceramicist Gary Erickson on Friday, Nov. 15, 6-8 p.m., at 6711 Lakeshore Dr., Richfield.

The evening also includes a preview of Erickson’s porcelain sculptures

Gown of Clouds and Rainbow

By Liu Yang, Ph.D., Minneapolis Institute of Arts

 
Thus is the account of the spiritual beings’ clothing, described in The Lord of the East, a poem written by the great Chinese poet Qu Yuan (340–278 BCE) and translated by Stephen Owen. Ever since, in China a beautiful piece of clothing has often been described as a “gown of cloud and rainbow.” The same laudatory description can be appropriately applied to the magnificent costumes and jewelry of the Miao people from southwest China.
 
A selection of about fifteen Miao costumes and seventy objects from a group of 1,200 purchased in 2004 will be on view at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts (MIA) from June 1, 2013, through Jan. 30, 2014, in an exhibit titled “Gown of Cloud and Rainbow: Miao Costumes and Jewelry from Southwest China.” 

By Ignacy Broclawski

The term “Chinese Pop” first appeared in China in the 1920s. In those days, it was used by the residents of Shanghai to describe many varieties of contemporary music being produced in China.

With China emerging in the 21st century as a world player in the world of the performing arts, the Chinese pop genre began to spread. Today, new subgenres have developed, including Cantopop or HK pop in Hong Kong. There are also Hokkien pop and Mando pop in Taiwan.

Exhibition of Paul Singer Collection Marks New Beginning for Research in Ancient Chinese Art

On view through July 17

Renowned for his passionate dedication to ancient Chinese material culture, collector Dr. Paul Singer (1904-1997) built an expansive collection of some 5000 objects, once displayed in its entirety in his modest two-bedroom apartment in New Jersey. The selection of 63 works in "One Man's Search for Ancient China: The Paul Singer Collection," on view Jan. 19-July 7 at the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, provides a glimpse into Singer's seven decades of work in ancient Chinese art.

Singer's collection, most of which has never been on public view, reflects an enormous range of artifacts produced by ancient Chinese cultures. Although it includes masterworks appreciated for their beauty, its greatest value resides in the large number of minor pieces–from objects of personal adornment to ceramics and weaponry–that form an almost encyclopedic reference for archaeological study.

"The Singer collection fills in many gaps in the story of early China," said J. Keith Wilson, exhibition curator and curator of ancient Chinese art at the Freer and Sackler galleries. "Objects such as these are found in few museum collections, but they contribute greatly to our understanding and study of thousands of years of history."

 

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