Endangered Art/ists - China exhibition at Flushing Town Hall
Date: October 16, 2010 - Sunday, November 14, 2010
Opening Reception: October 16, 2010, 5-7pm.
Gallery Hours: Saturday and Sunday, 12-5pm
Celebrate the 5,000 year history of traditional Chinese arts and textiles and the endangered artists who are slowly vanishing due to lack of civic support and market economies. Highlights of past and present work created by indigenous artists living in Southwestern China and Hainan Island, including exquisite textiles, traditional lacquer-ware, and ritual masks.
From the private collection of Andrew and Lily Wang.
An exhibit of exquisite textiles, traditional lacquer-ware, and ritual masks by indigenous artists living in Southwestern China and Hainan Island.
The history of traditional arts and textiles in China spans over 5000 years and has influenced arts and culture across Asia and around the world. Today these artists are slowly vanishing due to lack of civic support and market economies that de-emphasize the value of quality artwork created by traditional methods and materials. This exhibition highlights both past and present work created by traditional artists from minority ethnic groups Miao, Gejia, Tujia, Gelao, Yao, Yi, Dai, Li, and Zhang who live in areas across Southwestern China and in Hainan Island. One of the goals of including old and new pieces in this exhibit is to help us appreciate an art form that, while ancient in practice, is still alive in the hands of these indigenous artists. As members of the global community and patrons of the arts, what is our role, if any, to support these artists so that they can continue these traditional practices to create new work and pass the skills on to future generations? What would it mean if the artists and skills needed to create this kind of work became a thing of the past?
For more information, go to Flushing Town Hall - Exhibitions