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December 04, 2003

Celebrate the Chinese New Year!

Saturday, Jan. 24, 1 - 3 pm

Celebrate the year of the Monkey! Usher in the New Year with Chinese New Year crafts, foods, music and dance. Children (and adults!) may even color their own Chinese New Year pictures or take home New Year messages written by a Chinese calligrapher.

Complementing the New Year celebration is an exhibit, Chinese Door Gods: A Changing New Year's Tradition, featuring traditional and political Chinese New Year pictures from the Burke collections, on view for the first time. Working in collaboration with Suzzallo Library, the Burke will display pictures in two locations: at the Burke and the Suzzallo Library Gallery, from Jan. 14 to Feb. 22, 2004. At the Burke, see traditional pictures from Mianzhu County, Sichuan Province, where a centuries-old tradition of woodblock printing has been revived in recent decades.

The Suzzallo Library exhibit will focus on New Year pictures in production. The original woodblocks used to print the pictures will be on view with a selection of New Year pictures from many parts of China. In addition, view a rare set of New Year prints made in 1949 to celebrate the first New Year after the Communist Revolution. The changing political scene is reflected in the changing images.

A series of lectures are planned to complement the exhibit and celebrations. Lectures will be held at the Burke Museum by Professors Madeleine Yue Dong of the University of Washington, Jan. 31; Li Yongxian of Sichuan University, Feb. 7; and Ellen Johnston Laing of the University of Michigan, Feb.14. See below for details.

 

Schedule of Events:

 

Exhibit: Chinese Door Gods: A Changing New Years Tradition
Jan. 14 - Feb. 22, 2004
Location: Burke Museum and Suzzallo Library

Family Event: Chinese New Year Celebration
Sat. Jan. 24, 2004
1 - 3 pm
Location: Burke Museum
Fee: Free with admission to the museum.

Lecture: Fortunes of a Folk Tradition: New Year Pictures in 20th Century China
Sat. Jan. 31, 2004
Dr. Madeleine Yue Dong
1 pm
Location: Burke Museum
Fee: Free with admission to the museum.

Lecture: New Year Celebrations in Ancient China
Sat. Feb. 7, 2004
Dr. Li Yongxian
1 pm
Location: Burke Museum
Fee: Free with admission to the museum

Lecture: The Origins of Door God Images
Sat. Feb. 14, 2004
Dr. Ellen Johnson Laing
1 pm
Location: Burke Museum
Fee: Free with admission to the museum

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