Brown University Hosts Lantern Festival Gallery Walk

PROVIDENCE, RI [Brown University] – On Monday, February 6, 2012, Brown University’s Year Of China, Brown University Library, The Haffenreffer Museum of Anthropology, and Li st Art Center invite you on an early evening Lantern Festival Gallery Walk.

Shana Weinberg, Year of China Coordinator, will lead gallery-goers on thirty minute tours of three exhibits, all displaying unique Chinese collections. The journey will begin at 5:15pm in the John Hay Library with a viewing of Divine Land, Civilization and People: An Exhibition from Chinese Collections, displaying books, pictures and other materials from the Library’s East Asian Collection, John Hay Library’s Special Collections, and Curator Li Wang’s personal collection. Especially, the exhibit includes a variety of objects: folk new year’s paintings, muppet lions, Peking opera makeup, and more. Wang will give a brief talk accompanied by Chinese Lantern Festival refreshments.

At 6pm, participants will visit List Art Center’s The Shape of Good Fortune: Welcoming the Year of the Dragon where materials curated by History of Art & Architecture students, from Professor Maggie Bickford’s class, will be on view.

The evening will culminate with two exhibitions at the Haffenreffer: Crafting Origins:  Creativity and Continuity in Indigenous Taiwan featuring contemporary crafts by indigenous tribes in Taiwan as well as materials culled by a 1960s linguistic anthropologist; and Taoist Gods from China:  Ceremonial Paintings from the Mien including paintings from the Museum’s collection dating to the 17th century depicting the major gods of the Taoist religion.

The Chinese Lantern Festival (Yuanxiao jie 元宵節 or 元宵节, “Yuanxiao Festival”) falls on the fifteenth day of the new year by the lunar calendar—also the day of the first full moon—marking the end of Chinese New Year celebrations. Come celebrate with us! This event is free and open to the public. Participants should arrive at the John Hay Library lobby by 5:15pm.

Contact: Jennifer Braga |  401-863-6913