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Every year, as part of our commitment to global education, Queens College focuses on the history, art, and significant contributions of a different country. In 2010-11, our inaugural initiative explored the art, culture and music of China. Events included a lecture and seminar series; exhibitions; art installations; performance pieces—both art and music; and student-sponsored Asian-themed comedy acts.





A SHORT COURSE ON CONTEMPORARY CHINA

The Contemporary China Program--chaired by Carl Riskin, QC Distinguished Professor of Economics--offered an in-depth study of six topics important to China and the world.

Each topic was introduced in a talk by a leading scholar. In subsequent seminars, participants gathered for discussion on the lecture topic.





MARLENE TSENG YU: NATURE AND COSMOS

September 13 – November 24, 2010

Godwin-Ternbach Museum

A 40-year retrospective of brilliantly colored paintings by this internationally recognized Taiwanese-born Queens artist revealed the power of the natural world and the artist’s visionary fusion of Eastern and modern Western art forms and content.




CHINA TODAY

Orville Schell, Arthur Ross Director of U.S.-China Relations, Asia Society

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Watch the lecture online.



OCTOBER 5: OPENING EVENTS FOR THE YEAR OF CHINA



SHANGHAI QUARTET

Weigang Li, violin; Yi-Wen Jiang, violin; Honggang Li, viola; Nicholas Tzavaras, cello

“If there is a string quartet currently in circulation that produces a more beautiful sound than the Shanghai Quartet, the name doesn't immediately come to mind.”--New York Times

LeFrak Concert Hall, 10 am




LECTURE: CHINA TODAY

Queens College’s Distinguished Professor Morris Rossabi is a historian of China and Central Asia. He is the author of several books and numerous articles, and has contributed to several volumes of the Cambridge History of China. Professor Rossabi travels extensively to central Asia and Mongolia.

LeFrak Concert Hall, 2 pm, free




ILLUSTRATED TALK:
VESTIGES OF THE SILK ROAD IN CHINA


France Pepper, executive director of Shen Wei Dance Arts, conducted a virtual trip along the Silk Road that ran from China’s ancient capital Chang’an (modern Xi’an) to the oases of the Taklamakan Desert in eastern Central Asia. The audience explored the art, culture, history, and geography of a region that once connected China to Europe and served as the trade route for many exotic goods and the exchange of people, religions, and ideas.

LeFrak Concert Hall, 3 pm, free




CONCERT

The Aaron Copland School of Music faculty performed with Distinguished Artist-in-Residence Bright Sheng.

LeFrak Concert Hall, 7:30 pm




CHEE WANG NG

SEPTEMBER 11 MEMORIAL INSTALLATION

September 4 – September 15, 2010
Student Union Lobby

Presented by the Godwin-Ternbach Museum, Queens College

Malaysian-born Chinese artist Chee Wang Ng fused the symbolism, objects, and music of Chinese and American culture to express the grief and solidarity of Americans and the global community, and commemorate the 9/11 tragedy. One of three identical installations in red, white, and blue, signifying the colors of the American flag, it was concurrently on view at the Museum of Chinese in America in Lower Manhattan and the Aljira Center for Contemporary Art in Newark, NJ.




EDEN: CERAMICS BY SIN-YING HO

Curated by Tara Mathison, Assistant Curator

September 8 – October 26, 2010
Queens College Art Center

Sin-ying Ho, a Hong Kong-Chinese ceramist living in North America, personifies globalization. She painted hundreds of flowers, combined with underglaze transfer-printed images, on 6- to 7-foot tall porcelain vessels inspired by the silhouette of the human figure as referenced from Renaissance paintings. In this show, images of consumerism and traces of technology juxtaposed with Edenic imagery on the life-size vessels created a visual metaphor for the relationship between human nature and the changing physical world.

Sin-ying Ho is assistant professor of ceramics at Queens College.

Eden was co-sponsored by the Queens College Art Department, PSC-CUNY Research Foundation, Queens Council on the Arts, and Coptor Productions.





ASIANS IN THE MEDIA WITH ELIOT CHANG

Eliot Chang, Comedian
Wednesday, October 27, 2010
Godwin-Ternbach Museum
Free Hour

 

 





FREE COMEDY SHOW
Eliot Chang's "Highly Inappropriate" Stand-Up Comedy Show

Wednesday, October 27, 2010
Student Union
4th Floor Ballroom
7 pm

Q&A after show





CHINESE ECONOMY

Dwight Perkins, Harold Hitchings Burbank
Research Professor of Political Economy, Harvard University

Thursday, November 4, 2010; 7 – 8:30 pm
Location: Rosenthal Library, Room 230 (on the ground floor)
Seminar: Thursday, November 11, 2010, 7 – 8:30 pm
Location: Rosenthal Library, President's Room #2

Watch the lecture online.




 

ROUNDTABLE ON SINO-U.S. RELATIONS

Robert Barnett, Director, Modern Tibetan Studies Program, Weatherhead East Asian Institute, Columbia University
Xiaobo Lu, Director, Beijing Global Center, Columbia University
Bonnie Glaser, Senior Fellow, Freeman Chair in China Studies and Senior Associate, Pacific Forum, Center for Strategic and International Studies

Thursday, December 2, 2010; 7 – 8:30 pm
Location: Rosenthal Library, Room 230




CHEAP SHOTS/MADE IN CHINA: BEIJING BICYCLIST AND PEDESTRIANS PHOTOGRAPH INSTALLATION BY TOMMY MINTZ

January 28 – May 27, 2011

Queens College Art Center, Rosenthal Library Level 6

Native New Yorker Tommy Mintz candidly explored everyday life in the Chinese capital through images of Beijing residents navigating their city. Co-sponsored by the Queens College Art Department, Barbara Lane, chair.



CHINESE NEW YEAR LUNCHEON
February 2, 2011
Student Union Ballroom
Free Hour



  MANSHENG WANG: ART AND ARTLESSNESS

February 15 – May 27, 2011

Godwin-Ternbach Museum

Landscape, botany, Buddhism, and calligraphy inspired Mansheng Wang’s serene contemplative art, influenced by centuries of classical Chinese tradition, uniquely interpreted by the artist. Selections of historical calligraphy and the GTM’s Chinese collections accompanied the exhibition.




  THE NEW SHANGHAI CIRCUS: THE INCREDIBLE ACROBATS OF CHINA

Sunday, March 6, 2011
Colden Auditorium, 3 pm


Performance by the troupe that has won more gold, silver, and bronze medals in domestic and international circus competitions than any other Chinese acrobatic company.


  HUMAN DEVELOPMENT IN CHINA

Carl Riskin, Distinguished Professor of Economics,
Queens College

Lecture: Thursday, March 3, 2011; 7 – 8:30 pm
Location: Rosenthal Library, Room 230 (on the ground floor)



 
  CULTURAL BLENDING IN CERAMIC ARTS:
CONTEMPORARY CERAMIC ARTWORK
co-presented by Queens College, CUNY and Flushing Town Hall

Saturday, February 5, 2011 – Thursday, March 31, 2011

Flushing Town Hall
137-35 Northern Boulevard
Flushing, NY 11354


Year of the Rabbit Clay Workshops (ages 7 -10)
Sunday, February 6 or March 20, 2-4 pm




  CHINESE IN THE UNITED STATES 

Peter Kwong, Professor of Asian American Studies and Urban Affairs and Planning, Hunter College

Thursday, April 7, 2011; 7 – 8:30 pm
Location: Rosenthal Library, Room 230 (on the ground floor)


 

 



 
 
 
  MUSIC OF CHINA

Friday, April 29

Free Concert--10 am in LeFrak Hall, Music Building.
Traditional Chinese Music performed on traditional instruments by the faculty of the China Conservatory on Beijing.

Free Lecture--12:15 pm in Room 264, Music Building.
Folk Music and Traditional Music of Northwest China.
Presented by Professor of Musicology Zhao Talimu, president of the China Conservatory.




 
 
  JOEL FAN AND FRIENDS
Joel Fan, piano
Yang Wei, pipa
Xiao-Dong Wei, erhu

Sunday, May 1, 2011
LeFrak Concert Hall, 2 pm

An artist with "intellect and a vivid imagination" (The New York Times), Joel Fan is a uniquely brilliant pianist conjoining great works of the past and newly discovered music of cultures from around the world. As the Boston Globe commented, Fan is a "champion of new music, explorer of world music." His performances and recordings have garnered praise worldwide.


 
 
  ARTS OF CHINA IN THE QUEENS COLLEGE ART LIBRARY

February 15 – April 15, 2011

Rosenthal Library, Barham Rotunda Gallery and Levels 4 & 5 floor cases

A sampling of hard-copy materials held by the Queens College Art Library. The selected books, pamphlets, periodicals, and images surveyed one of the richest cultures of the world, from Neolithic pottery to the vibrant art of our time. Curated by Stevie Kasparian, Paul Remeczki, and Suzanna Simor.




  BEIJING DANCE ACADEMY BALLET:
A SCENT OF TIME
Choreography by Yin Mei

May 7, 2011

LeFrak Concert Hall, 7:30 pm

One of the world’s leading institutions of dance and dance education, the Beijing Dance Academy Ballet presented the U.S. premiere of a ballet choreographed by contemporary performance artist Yin Mei.
 

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