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“Accent on Asia”: Queens College Asian Festival of Events, October 17 – December 7
Contact: Maria Terrone
(718) 997-5591
Maria Matteo
(718) 997-5590

Queens College Asian Festival of Events, October 17 – December 7, 2003

Events are held in conjunction with “The Light of Infinite Wisdom: Asian Art from the Godwin-Ternbach Museum and Other Collections” exhibition, October 15-December 20, 2003


For all events, call the box office at 718-793-8080 for more details. Single tickets: $12. Special four-event series price: $40. Everyone regardless of age must have a ticket to enter.

Peking Opera Festival
Qi Shu Fang Peking Opera Company
Sunday, October 19, 2003
2:00 pm, LeFrak Concert Hall

Enter the world of Peking Opera and you will be transported to a place of magic and spectacle. The Qi Shu Fang Peking Opera Company, acclaimed by the New York Times and other media, will entertain you with stunning movements, amazing arias, colorful distinctive make-up and fabulous costumes. Don’t miss this fascinating glimpse into the Chinese theatrical art that integrates music, dance, drama and acrobatics.

Javanese Shadow Puppet Theater
Sunday, November 2, 2003
2:00 pm, LeFrak Concert Hall

Born in Java, Tamara Fielding has been a life-long devotee of Indonesia’s spectacular Theatre of Shadows. Her passion for this art has culminated in a multi-media production perfect for western audiences. Accompanied by hypnotic music, Fielding manipulates exquisitely carved flat puppets behind an illuminated “storycloth,” breathing life into each of the characters as they play out a timeless story of love, tragedy and obstacles overcome.

Soh Daiko: Taiko Drummers
Sunday, November 16, 2003
2:00 pm, LeFrak Concert Hall

Colorful…dynamic…exotic. New York based Soh Daiko blends movement and rhythm to create music that is both startling and invigorating. Their high-energy drumming requires endurance and physical discipline that has its roots in the martial arts. By combining traditional compositions with their own arrangements, Soh Daiko is developing an Asian-American art form while preserving ancient Japanese music of ritual entertainment.

Ethos Percussion Ensemble & Masters of Indian Music
Sunday, December 21, 2003,
2:00 pm, LeFrak Concert Hall

Visit a place where ancient classical Indian music and modern percussion meet. Special guest artists Pandit Samir Chatterjee, one of the leading tabla players of India, and Pandit Ramesh Misra, master of the Sarengi, one of the most difficult and unique string instruments, join the innovative Ethos Percussion Ensemble for an afternoon of groundbreaking music hailed by critics as “spellbinding.”

Call Colden Center Box Office 718-793-8080 to register.

Maskmaking and Storytelling with Suzanne Benton
Sunday, October 26, 2003
11AM-12:30PM, Paul Klapper Hall

Internationally acclaimed sculptor, mask performance artist and lecturer Suzanne Benton. Will explore the techniques that wed these two ancient art forms of maskmaking and storytelling. Each participant will create a paper mask depicting a character and episode from the story of Chitrangoda. Then participants will enact this ancient South Asian myth through improvisation, guided imagery, body movement and group interaction. Class is limited to 15 people, ages 12 to adult. $5 materials fee per person.

Chinese Calligraphy & Paper cutting Techniques with Ming Liang Lu
Sunday, November 23, 2003
11:30 am-12:30 pm, Paul Klapper Hall

Try your hand at the revered art of Chinese calligraphy with award-winning teacher Ming Liang Lu of the New York Chinese Cultural Center. First you’ll see beautiful calligraphy pieces, then learn how to hold brush and dip ink to write Chinese characters for mountain, water, dragon and more. Next, you’ll explore the traditional Chinese folk art of paper cutting. View examples of intricate decorative pieces, then follow instructions for folding paper, drawing and cutting out your own unique designs. Class is limited to 30 people. All ages welcome.

Classical Indian Dance & Henna Painting Demonstration
Sunday, December 7, 2003
11:30 m-12:30 pm, Paul Klapper Hall

Broaden your horizons with a lesson in one of India’s oldest dance forms. Indigenous to the southern area known as Tamil Nadu, Bharata Natyam is performed by a solo female dancer who portrays all the characters in the performance, drawing from the entire mythology of the epics, ancient stories and from life experience. Class is limited to 30 people. All ages welcome.

The Godwin-Ternbach Museum will be open in conjunction with the workshops on Sunday, October 26, November 23, and December 7, from 11:00 am to 1:30 pm.

All lectures take place in the Godwin-Ternbach Museum at Queens College with the exception of the October 23 lecture.

October 23 – Maxwell K. Hearn, Chief Curator, Chinese Painting, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, “Dreams of Yellow Mountain: Landscapes of Survival in Seventeenth-Century China,” 5 pm, Klapper Hall, Room 401.

October 27 – Dr. Rikki Asher, Art Education, “Art and Narrative: Storytelling through Sculpture,” 4:00 pm – Teacher workshop follows.

November 3 – Amy Winter, GTM Director and Curator - Walk-through of exhibition, 12:00 pm

November 10 – Dr. Xiaoping Lin (Asian Art History, QC Art Department)–"Buddhism, Confucianism, and Taoism in Asian Art,"12 pm

November 17 – Dr. Donald Stone (Art Collector and Prof., QC English Dept.) – “Sailing to Cathay: Images of China in Western Art and Literature, Watteau to Yeats”

December 3 – Amy Poster, Chief Curator, Department of Asian Art, Brooklyn Museum of Art, "Traditions of Indian Art," 12:00 p.m.

December 10 – “Islamic Art in Context(s)” Denise Marie Teece, Doctoral Fellow, Metropolitan Museum of Art; formerly Acting Curator, Brooklyn Museum

Openings and Receptions
Thursday, October 23 – Opening Reception 6-8 pm
Lecture by Maxwell Hearn, Curator, Asian Art, 5-6pm – preceding opening
6 pm - Meditation ceremony led by Gary Brown – Dharma Mountain Retreat

Don’t Miss This Special Exhibition:“The Light of Infinite Wisdom: Asian Art from the Godwin-Ternbach Museum and Other Collections.” October 15- December 20, 2003, Klapper Hall.
Featuring art from China, Japan, Korea, India, Nepal, Indonesia, Thailand, Tibet and Sri Lanka from the Godwin-Ternbach Museum collection, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Brooklyn Museum and private New York collections.

Regular Gallery hours: Monday & Wednesday, 11am-6 pm; Tuesday & Thursday, 11:00 am-7:00 pm. Call for information: 718-997-4724.






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