Chicago art in­sti­tute cel­e­brates mid-fall hol­i­day

China Daily (USA) - - ACROSS AMERICA - By JIAN PING in Chicago for China Daily

The Art In­sti­tute of Chicago (AIC) an­nounced a spe­cial cel­e­bra­tion of one of the most im­por­tant fes­ti­vals in Chi­nese cul­ture.

“The im­por­tance of the MidAu­tumn Fes­ti­val is not much less than the Spring Fes­ti­val,” said Tao Wang, the in­sti­tute’s cu­ra­tor of Chi­nese art.

This year marks the first time that AIC will fea­ture a spe­cial cel­e­bra­tion in the fall, fol­low­ing its Chi­nese New Year cel­e­bra­tion in Fe­bru­ary.

Wang said AIC will take ad­van­tage of this op­por­tu­nity to show­case some art that is “not usu­ally seen” at the mu­seum.

Se­lected works re­lated to the Mid-Au­tumn Fes­ti­val are fea­tured from now un­til the end of the month. They in­clude a paint­ing ti­tled Chang E, the Moon God­dess (1350-1400) from the late Yuan or early Ming dy­nasty, a lobed mir­ror with images of the Moon Palace from the eighth cen­tury Tang Dy­nasty, a jar with a poem de­scrib­ing the moon from the Qing Dy­nasty and a scepter with head in the shape of a cloud, also from the Qing Dy­nasty.

Dur­ing the cel­e­bra­tion, AIC will of­fer bilin­gual, self-guided mini-tours, free cu­ra­tor-led pub­lic tours and spe­cial stage per­for­mances with com­ple­men­tary Chi­nese moon­cakes, tea and Ts­ing­tao beer.

“We know food is very im­por­tant to our Chi­nese guests,” said Nora Gainer, AIC’s di­rec­tor of tourism mar­ket­ing.

“The per­for­mance and moon­cakes are not just for Chi­nese vis­i­tors,” she added, “but also for Amer­i­cans”.

Gainer said AIC wants to con­nect an im­por­tant part of Chi­nese cul­ture to the mu­seum.

Over the past few years, AIC has wit­nessed a dra­matic in­crease in the num­ber of vis­i­tors from China, from about 10,000 in 2014 to more than 15,000 in 2015, a 50 per­cent hike.

AIC has hired more Chi­ne­ses­peak­ing guides.

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One of the works of art that will be on dis­play for the hol­i­day.

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