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.
BeijingDance/LDTX, the captivating and groundbreaking dance company from China will perform its first concert ever in Minnesota at Ordway Center for the Performing Arts on Tuesday, April 5 at 7:30 p.m. as a part of the 2010-2011 Target Dance Series.
SteppingStone Theatre's 6th collaboration with Mu Performing Arts, one of the nation's premier Asian American theaters, is the revival of The Magic Bus to Asian Folktales. In this imaginative presentation of traditional folktales, the new schoolbus driver has a magic satchel that holds ancient fables from Asia. As each story is pulled out, the children on the bus are magically transported to China, Laos & the Philippines where they act out the stories and learn the morals they teach. Relevant to our current issues, these wonderfully rich stories teach the children, and the audience, ways to help solve our problems of today.
The Department of Art and the Katherine E. Nash Gallery at the University of Minnesota present New Perspectives from China, a series of exhibitions, visiting artists and creative exchanges shared by the Beijing Film Academy and the University of Minnesota. The first event in this series of cultural programs is a film screening and reception with Wang Hong Hai, filmmaker, professor and vice president of the Beijing Film Academy.
C-100 Governor and cellist Yo-Yo Ma won the nation's highest civilian honor on February 15. President Barack Obama gave Ma and 12 other exceptional people the Presidential Medal of Freedom at a ceremony held in the East Room of the White House.