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Salem, Mass.—A weekend of free public programs highlights the Peabody Essex Museum’s recently opened exhibition, Inspired by China: Contemporary Furnituremakers Explore Chinese Tradition. On Saturday, Nov. 11, and Sunday, Nov. 12, visitors to the museum have the opportunity to see visiting Chinese furnituremakers at work, take an artist-led exhibition tour, and participate in related programming celebrating the art and culture of China. Included in this programming are films, musical performances and art activities.

All programs are free with museum admission and can be enjoyed by the entire family.

Saturday, Nov. 11, 2006


Artist Demonstration: Peng Xiaojia
Noon – 4 pm, Atrium

Furnituremaker and conservator Peng Xiaojia demonstrates wood carving as he completes work on the intricate, large ball feet of an altar table.

Artist Demonstration: Ning Degen
Noon – 4 pm, Atrium

Ning Degen returns to PEM from China to demonstrate the art of bamboo furnituremaking.

Artist Gallery Talk: Clifton Monteith
2-3 pm, Bartlett Gallery and Inspired by China exhibition galleries

Reservations requested by Thursday, Nov. 9, 2006. Call 978-745-9500, ext. 3011, to reserve.

Furnituremaker Clifton Monteith’s work draws from a deep respect for and use of organic materials and natural finishes. He presents slides of his work followed by a discussion and tour through the Inspired by China exhibition.

Yo-Yo Performance and Workshop
3-4 pm, Atrium

See thrilling demonstrations of the yo-yo, a traditional toy that originated in China, used in performing art. After their performance, high school students from the Greater Boston Chinese Cultural Association Yo-Yo Club hold a workshop for visitors.

Drop-in Activities
For adults and children ages seven and up

Mah-jongg
12:30 – 4 pm, Art Studios

Join a quartet of experienced players from the Greater Boston Chinese Cultural Association as they share their skills in mah-jongg.

Tangram
1 – 3pm, Art Studios

Known as qi qiao ban, or seven clever boards, the tangram puzzle can be rearranged to form endless images.

Films
Reservations requested by Thursday, Nov. 9. Call 978-745-9500, ext. 3011, to reserve.

Mah-jongg: The Tiles That Bind
(1998, 32 minutes, directed by Phyllis Heller and Bari Perlman)
1 pm, Morse Auditorium

This documentary examines how a centuries-old Chinese board game plays a role in the lives of both modern Chinese American women and Jewish American women.

A Chinatown Banquet
(2005, selected excerpts, approx. 30 minutes, directed by Mike Blockstein)
2 pm, Morse Auditorium

Featuring 45 short videos, A Chinatown Banquet examines the forces that have shaped and continue to influence Boston’s Chinatown.

Freckled Rice
(1982, 48 minutes, directed by Stephan Ning)
4 pm, Morse Auditorium

This subtly beautiful, bittersweet look at Boston’s Chinatown during the Kennedy years centers on Joe Soo, a 13-year-old boy coming to terms with his Chinese-American identity.

Sunday, November 12, 2006

Artist Demonstration: Peng Xiaojia
Noon – 4 pm, Atrium

Furnituremaker and conservator Peng Xiaojia demonstrates wood carving as he completes work on the intricate, large ball feet of an altar table.

Artist Demonstration: Ning Degen
Noon – 4 pm, Atrium

Ning Degen returns to PEM from China to demonstrate the art of bamboo furnituremaking.

Artist Gallery Talk: Thomas Hucker
2-3 pm, Bartlett Gallery and Inspired by China exhibition galleries

Reservations requested by Thursday, Nov. 9, 2006. Call 978-745-9500, ext. 3011, to reserve.

Furnituremaker Thomas Hucker’s most recent work is influenced by his early training with fifth-generation German cabinetmaker Leonard Hilgner, Japanese aesthetics, and by his studies in industrial design. Hucker discusses his recent work and leads a talk through the Inspired by China exhibition.

Performance: Soul Songs of China
4 pm, East India Marine Hall

Reservations requested by Thursday, Nov. 9, 2006. Call 978-745-9500, ext. 3011, to reserve.

Experience Inspired by China through music with the world premiere of Soul Songs of China, composed by American-born Jon Andrews, written by Shanghai playwright Lulin Yu, and sung by Hmong-American mezzo-soprano Roseanne Kue.

Drop-in Activities
For adults and children ages seven and up

Go
12:30 – 4 pm, Art Studios

Take an introductory lesson in Go and watch some of the star players of the Massachusetts Go Association play this popular Asian strategy game.

Tangram
1 – 3pm, Art Studios

See Nov. 11 entry.

Films
Reservations requested by Thursday, Nov. 9. Call 978-745-9500, ext. 3011, to reserve.

The Go Masters
(1982, 123 minutes, directed by Junya Sato and Duah Ji-Shun)
1 pm, Morse Auditorium

A decades-long match of the Asian strategy game of go is set against the backdrop of World War II in China and Japan.

A Chinatown Banquet
3:30 pm, Morse Auditorium.

See Nov. 11 entry.



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April Swieconek  -  Director of Public Relations  -  978-745-9500 X3109  -  april@pem.org

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