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      Celebrating the 20th Anniversary of Yin Yu Tang at PEM

      Saturday, May 25, 2024 from 10 am—4 pm

      Celebrating the 20th Anniversary of Yin Yu Tang at PEM

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      In-person event
      Location: Yin Yu Tang: A Chinese Home, Morse Auditorium and Create Space Studios

      Included with admission

      Advanced ticket purchase is recommended for “Concert and Conversation: Wu Man.” Same-day tickets may be available.

      Yin Yu Tang: A Chinese Home, “Tales from Yin Yu Tang Ancestors” and “Traditional Chinese Paper Cutting with Elena Li” require same-day tickets (available at the Information desk).

      Join us for our capstone event marking the 20th anniversary of the cultural exchange project that brought Yin Yu Tang: A Chinese Home to PEM.

      Tours of Yin Yu Tang: A Chinese Home
      10 am–4 pm
      Same-day tickets required; limited availability. Tickets available at the Information desk.

      Explore the history of Yin Yu Tang and the Huang family with an enhanced guided tour. Accessibility-friendly tours available beginning at 2:15 pm. (Earlier tours are not wheelchair accessible and require a step up to enter.)

      Special Café Menu: Chinese Regional Cuisine
      10 am–4 pm | Atrium Café

      Enjoy selections at our Atrium Café inspired by Huizhou cuisine from Yin Yu Tang’s home region.

      Tales from Yin Yu Tang Ancestors
      11 am | Morse Auditorium
      Same-day tickets required; limited availability. Tickets available at the Information desk.

      Nancy Berliner, the Wu Tung Senior Curator of Chinese Art and Culture at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, discusses the cultural exchange project that first brought Yin Yu Tang to PEM in 2003.

      Concert and Conversation: Wu Man
      1:30 pm | Morse Auditorium
      Advanced ticket purchase is recommended for this event. Same-day tickets may be available.

      We are excited to welcome world-renowned pipa player Wu Man back to PEM. She previously performed at the museum as part of Yo-Yo Ma’s Silkroad Ensemble's residency at the museum in 2004.

      Traditional Chinese Paper Cutting with Elena Li
      1 pm and 2 pm | Create Space Studios
      Same-day tickets required; capacity is limited. Tickets available at the Information desk.

      Join us for a hands-on lesson led by local multimedia artist and paper cutting instructor Elena (Zhonghe) Li.

      About our collaborators

      Nancy Berliner
      Nancy Berliner

      Nancy Berliner is the Wu Tung Senior Curator of Chinese Art at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. During her time as PEM’s Curator of Chinese Art and Culture, she curated The Emperor’s Private Paradise: Treasures from the Forbidden City, organized by PEM in partnership with the Palace Museum, Beijing, and in cooperation with World Monuments Fund. She was instrumental in locating and re-erecting Yin Yu Tang and served as the curatorial director of the Yin Yu Tang project. Berliner is also the author of Yin Yu Tang: The Architecture and Daily Life of a Chinese House.

      Wu Man
      Wu Man

      Recognized as the world’s premier pipa virtuoso, Wu Man is a soloist, educator and composer who gives her lute-like instrument — which has a history of more than 2,000 years in China — a new role in both traditional and contemporary music. Born in Hangzhou, China, Wu Man studied at the Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing, where she was recognized as a child prodigy and a national role model for young pipa players. In 2023, Wu Man was honored with both a National Heritage Fellowship from the National Endowment of the Arts (NEA), one of the United States’ most prestigious honors in folk and traditional art, and with the Asia Society’s Asia Arts Game Changers Award. In 2021 she received an honorary Doctorate of Music from the New England Conservatory of Music.

      Elena (Zhonghe) Li
      Elena (Zhonghe) Li

      Elena (Zhonghe) Li is a multimedia artist based in Cambridge, MA, who specializes in the traditional Chinese art of paper cutting. Over the past decade, she has passionately embraced this ancient craft, using scissors as her primary tool. Li's work seeks to bridge the gap between traditional papercutting and contemporary art, addressing issues such as species extinction, climate change and their impact on humanity's future. Motivated by her love for nature, Li's art is deeply rooted in the Taoist philosophy of interconnectivity and balance among all beings. She has received numerous grants and awards for her work, including a 2021 grant from Mount Auburn Cemetary's Artist-in-Residence program, four grants from the Cambridge Arts Council, a 2022 Massachusetts Cultural Council (MCC) Traditional Art Fellowship and an MCC Traditional Arts Apprenticeship for 2023-24. Li also collaborates with local communities through Mass Audubon's Nature in the City Program. You can find more of her work at hehe.li@instagram.

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