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Past Events 2011

Spring 2011

Meditation on Contemporary Landscapework by artist Cue Fei
Saturday, February 12 – March 19
Opening reception: February 12, 2-4 p.m.

Featuring works of artists from East Asia, this exhibition captures the spirit of the landscape in a contemporary context expressed in modern visual language and idioms. Guest Curator: Luchia M. Lee

Audience Comments:

  • Beautiful mix of different styles and artwork. -- S. England
  • Beautiful artwork! I loved the variety of techniques exhibited to all represent the idea of contemporary landscape.
  • Exceptional! A well presented exhibition that informs the public about the artists' visions. -- Claudia Rosati

 

Lecture: The Living Arts of Tao Te Ching
Sunday, February 27, 3 p.m.
Center for the Arts Lecture Hall

James Tu, a Tao master, will introduce the primary concepts in Tao Te Ching and its timeless and practical wisdoms that have brought joy, creativity and fulfillment to countless souls.

A presentation of live music on Chinese zither will follow the lecture in the gallery. Admission is free.

Audience Comments:

  • The lecture was very thought provoking. The music in the gallery was spectacular.
  • This was an exceptional presentation.
  • Do it again! He was excellent! -- Wanye Ching
  • Thank so much for a wonderful event—stimulating talk, intriguing music and beautiful art!

 

Kashu-Juku Noh TheaterNoh Theater performance - SOLD OUT
Saturday, March 19, 2011, 8 p.m.
Stephens Hall Theatre, Towson University

Encounter the time-honored theater form developed and preserved since the 14th century! The one hundred minute performance offers a rare opportunity for Americans to experience the symbolic, mystical noh and the boisterous, comic kyogen, two of the most revered performing art traditions of Japan, performed back-to-back in the nohgaku form.

Pre-Concert Lecture: Naoko Maeshiba, Associate Professor of Theatre Arts Department at Towson University

Audience Comments:

  • Absolutely spellbinding. My deepest thanks to all involved and for the powerful performance especially in the midst of current events!
  • Wonderful overall. Lecture was very informative. Kyogen was hilarious, Noh was sublime!
  • Quite wonderful – great to get a “taste” of other cultures.
  • Wonderful! Thank you so much for bringing Noh and Kyogen to Baltimore! -- April Gutierrez

 

All Victorious Ocean: The Epic Story of a Woman’s Journey to Enlightenment
Kaplan Concert Hall, Center for the Arts
Saturday, April 9, 8 p.m.

All Victorious Ocean is a theatre work adapted by Philadelphia actor/playwright Joanna Rotté from the 18th Century Tibetan masterpiece, The Secret Life and Songs of the Tibetan Lady Yeshe Tsogyal, the first Tibetan to attain spiritual enlightenment. This “harrowing and erotic tale of a fierce Tibetan queen” is performed by Joanna Rotte and accompanied by a Chorus of singers, musicians and actors.


Audience Comments:

  • Very welcome subject matter, not easy to perform or dramatize for a Western (non-Buddhist) audience. Thank you for this work!
  • Very good presentation and practice displayed. Thank you. Her life can be analogy and example for women today in these dark times. This actress was amazing and the singer had a beautiful voice. –Nadia Malih
  • Had no idea what to expect. The quality of the presentation – in every detail of language and performance – really surprised me and made the substance more compelling.

 

Splashing Ink Dancing Brush
Painting by Wang Linxu
Asian Arts Gallery, Center for the Arts
Saturday, April 9 - May 7 (close on Easter weekend)

Opening Reception and Artist Demonstration:
Saturday, April 9, 2-4 p.m.

Wang Linxu is a master artist of Chinese traditional painting, whose prolific work blends the western with Chinese elements as a trend in contemporary China. Inspired by world class artists like Monet and Matisse, he has successfully explored a way to use Chinese ink and paper to display lighting and colors as seen in western painting.


Audience Comments:

  • Very well curate and organized. First-class in every respect as an event. Beautiful and profound paintings.
  • Nice paintings! Great examples of the artist’s work, love the explanation of his style!
  • It’s nice when the actual artist comes and does a demo.
  • Artwork organized well, the gallery was bright and inviting!

 

FALL 2011

THE ASIAN CONNECTION: ART IN A GLOBAL AGE
Center for the Arts Asian Arts Gallery
September 8 – October 22
Reception and Curator’s Talk: Saturday, September 10, 2 - 4 p.m.
Guest Curator: Professor J. Susan Isaacs

This exhibition features contemporary Western artists who are responding to the East in their artwork. Trade between the West and the East provided tremendous impetuous for artistic innovations in the West. The 21st Century artist continues to be intrigued with the East. Paintings, prints, ceramics and artist-made books are included. Featuring Jane Irish and Katie Baldwin, and including Alicia Bailey, Patty Bruce, Carolee Campbell, Juanli Carrión, Diane Fine, Ann Lindbeck, Paula Jull, K. Kuster, Mario Laplante, Aimee Lee, Ann Lindbeck, Kent Manske, Elizabeth McKee, Franc Palaia, Tate Shaw, Robbin Ami Silverberg, Peter Thomas, Donna Thomas, Angie Waller and Nanette Wylde.

FREE FILM immediately following the reception in the Lecture Hall, CA 2032

Audience Comments:

  • Thoughtful selections and wide ranged, well displayed!
  • A striking display of the Western artist's affection towards the aesthetics of the East. The breadth and variety in this exhibit is surprising, and unlike anything I've seen in the traditional museum setting.
  • Jane Irish's paintings on tyvec offer a meticulously calculated perspective of Vietnamese history.
  • There was much more variety than I expected.

A MOVING SOUND AND SCOTT PRAIRIE
Stephens Hall Theater
Saturday, September 17, 8 p.m.

A Moving Sound, a Taiwan-based music group founded in 2001 by composer and performer Scott Prairie, has performed in fifteen countries and been featured on the Discovery Channel in over fifty countries. Prairie and his five member band explore a new musical expression that fuses Taiwanese, Chinese and neighboring Asian musical ideas in modern song compositions. Songs are performed on Chinese instruments accompanied by the transcendent vocals and dance by lead singer Mia Hsieh, transporting listeners to and beyond the Far East. A Moving Sound is active in the Asian-Pacific region, performing at concerts and festivals, offering workshops, collaborating with artists from all over the world.

Audience Comments:

  • Awesome! Haunting sweet, this group is so personable and talented.
  • Personal connections added to the overall performance, educational, evocative, and wonderful.
  • Excellent mix of cultures from Asia with that from the West.
  • The combination of voice, instruments, dance, costume, and explanation was wonderful.

ASIAN CLASSICAL CROSSOVER
Center for the Arts Harold J. Kaplan Concert Hall
Saturday, October 22, 8 p.m.


US-born, four-decade Asia resident performer and ethnomusicologist, Tim Hoffman, has amazed audiences in Asia, USA and Europe with his command over Japanese and Indian music. This concert features authentic Hindustani classical music rendered on Japanese flute shakuhachi and 13-stringed koto, vocal music with Indian and Japanese classical poetry self-accompanied on koto, as well as Monir Hossain on tabla drum and John Protopapas on sitar, plus inter-arts surprises.

Audience Comments:

  • Please keep bringing more!!
  • A great exhibition of classical east fusion music bringing Japanese instruments into a whole new utility! Loved it!
  • Enjoyed the crossover- was unique!
  • Very informative and enjoyable evening- eye opener!

UNBOUNDED ENERGY AND COLOR: PAINTINGS BY ELAINE HAMILTON
Center for the Arts Asian Arts Gallery
November 5 – December 10 (Close on Thanksgiving weekend)

Opening Reception and Curator’s Talk: Saturday, November 5, 2 - 4 p.m.
Guest Curator: John Gilmore Ford

This exhibition features a striking display of paintings by the legendary Maryland-born artist, Elaine Hamilton (1920-2010). Hamilton traveled extensively in Mexico, Europe, Asia which helped define her powerful images. She had solo exhibitions of her work in major galleries and museums around the world. Her work has been described as abstract expressionism and action painting but Hamilton says the Buddhist monks she knew in Tibet described it best: "It's meditation in action. When you meditate, it doesn't mean empty. It's making space for things to come in." Also featured in the exhibition is a selection of Hamilton's photography as well as her collection of Tibetan and Pre-Columbian art.

Audience Comments:

  • Stunning work, expertly hung. Surprising talent in this remarkable woman.
  • I liked how not only was it Hamilton’s painting, but other Asian art pieces that could be incorporated/related to her work.
  • Very powerful paintings. I love how the gallery displayed the Thangka, wall hanging and sculptures in relation to the paintings.
  • Beautiful show, absolutely gorgeous; the added photos assisted wonderfully alongside the paintings; giving good context to relate culture, time period, and legitimized work involved.

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