Exhibition Accompanied by Symposium and Musical Performance Series—New Works on View in May.

Tracing the Past, Drawing the Future: Master Ink Painters in 20th-Century China
February 17 – July 4, 2010
All events are free and open to the public.

Works Change in May
Nearly a third of the 80 works on view will be replaced (due to their light sensitivity) from May 3–11. The exhibition, with a full complement of works, will remain open to the public during regular visitor hours. Changes will be made on closed days (Monday and Tuesday) and mornings before the museum opens to the public. To see all the works, visitors should visit before May 3 and again through July 4.

Elegant Gatherings: Musical Performance Series
Cantor Arts Center Auditorium
Gathering I: Seeking Zen: Brush, Ink, and Music
A Buddhist monk master, a calligrapher, and a qin (ch’in) player demonstrate the artistic paths that lead them to faith.
-Thursday, February 18, 7:30 pm discussion, 8 pm performance

Gathering II: Healing: Mind, Body, and Music
The Chinese character medicine (yao) is comprised of two parts: The top means grass or herb, and the bottom means music or joy. This evening demonstrates how music and art are related to joy and healing through such practices as qi gong and acupuncture.
-Thursday, April 8, 7:30 pm discussion, 8 pm performance

Gathering III: Cultivating the Self: Poetry, Painting, and Music
A scholar in traditional China was expected to write poetry, practice calligraphy, paint, and make music with near-equal accomplishment. This session explores how language and poetry relate to music and art.
-Thursday, May 27, 7:30 pm discussion, 8 pm performance

Symposium: Friday-Sunday, February 19-21
Performing the Modern: The Politics of Culture and the Arts in Early 20th-Century China
Campbell Recital Hall at the Braun Music Center
An international symposium on Chinese art in conjunction with the exhbition Tracing the Past, Drawing the Future: Master Ink Painters in 20th-Century China, co-sponsored by the Center for East Asian Studies.

Free Tours
Docents give free tours of the exhibition Saturdays and Sundays at 2 pm, Thursdays at 12:15
To schedule a private tour for your group, call 650-723-3469 six weeks ahead of planned visit.

Free Admission
Open Wednesday - Sunday 11 am - 5 pm plus Thursday evenings until 8 pm. Open New Year's Day, January 1, 2010.
Closed Mondays, Tuesdays, and December 23–25, 2009

Media Contact
Anna Koster, PR Manager, 650-725-4657, akoster@stanford.edu

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Richard Vinograd, Stanford Art History professor and Chinese art scholar collaborated on this landmark exhibition, watch video.

One of the new works on view in early May.


Huang Binhong
Dwelling on Wanlou Mountain, Jinhua, ca. 1940s
Hanging Scroll
Ink and light colors on paper
Zhejiang Provincial Museum