By Anthony James, Staff Writer
The ancient years of the human race were quite grandiose for those wanting to have any sort of knowledge of their past. Records were painstakingly chiseled onto stone tablets, notches were inked onto any sort of garbage to keep track of possessions, and oral traditions painstakingly committed to memory by the chief historians. The art of communication through written word was still a glint in the eyes of society. Safe to say not very many people could recall what happened too far in the past.
Republic of China (Taiwan) Centennial Celebration Commission of MN (ROC100 MN), along with Minnesota Chinese Cultural Services Center (MCCSC), Asian Media Access (AMA), Chinese American Academic and Professionals Association in MN (CAAPAM), International Festival of Burnsville (IFB), the Burnsville Performing Arts Center (BPAC), and several other Chinese community organizations are seeking artworks to display at the Third Annual Cultural Perspectives Exhibition; this year's exhibit is titled Story from Within – Chinese American Artists' Reflection on Their Experience in MN.
The Pan Asian Arts Alliance is leading the Pan Asian Arts Festival in celebrating May as Asian Pacific American Heritage Month. This month-long festival includes three parts.
The Confucius Institute at the University of Minnesota presents The Map and Music of Matteo Ricci, a unique multi-media performance to reanimate the pivotal cultural exchange between Italian Jesuits and Chinese literati in 17th-century China.
In "The Peacock Room Comes to America," the Freer Gallery's most iconic artwork, a lavish dining room designed by James McNeill Whistler, will be reinstalled for the first time as it appeared in the home of museum-founder Charles Lang Freer in 1908. On display from April 9 through April 2013, the room will include more than 250 ceramics from China, Japan, Syria and Egypt that Freer used to define "points of contact" between Asian and American art.