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October 03, 2011

Chinese Kites on Exhibit at U-M Hospital, Main Lobby + related events

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Look to the Skies: Chinese Kites
Kite Master Ha Yiqi
October 17-December 5, 2011
Gifts of Art Gallery — University Hospital Main Lobby, Floor 1. Open daily from 8 a.m.-8 p.m.
As part of this year’s U-M New Millennium Kite Festival, in celebration of the Center for Chinese Studies’ 50th Anniversary, Gifts of Art presents an exhibition of the work of Chinese Kite Master Ha Yiqi. Master Ha is a fourth generation kite maker from Beijing, and he is one of China’s most distinguished and skilled artisans, keeping alive the craft and tradition of an art form that is widely popular throughout Asia. Student kites from Professor Anne Mondro’s Art&Design class on traditional Chinese kite making are also on display. Gifts of Art is offering a Chinese Kite Making Demonstration on Oct. 20 in the gallery from 12:00-1:30 pm by Anne Mondro and Matt Shlian, U-M School of Art & Design, who both studied with Master Ha in Beijing.

Chinese Kite Making Demonstration
Anne Mondro & Matthew Shlian
Thursday, Oct. 20, 2011, 12:00-1:30 pm
University Hospital Main Lobby, Floor 1
Professor Anne Mondro and Matthew Shlian will demonstrate the art of making a traditional Chinese kite and various paper folding techniques. Watch as bamboo is spliced to create the kite frame. Matt Shlian will also demonstrate how to fold paper to inspire you to create your own contemporary kite structure. Mondro and Shlian studied Chinese kite making with Master Ha in Beijing this past summer.
http://mblog.lib.umich.edu/CCS/ September 11, 2011 posting

Traditional Chinese Music
Xiaodong Wei on erhu (2-stringed spike fiddle)and guzheng (zither)
Thursday, November 17, 2011, TBD
University Hospital Main Lobby, Floor 1
You heard her on the afternoon of the September 25 Kite Festival. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PBnJdBMV_1Y
Now, enjoy Xiaodong Wei’s music once again as she performs selections from Chinese classical music.
--Traditionally, palace kites were constructed with bamboo pipes so when flown they would make a sound like the zheng, a stringed zither. Thus, the word for kite became feng (wind) zheng (zither).
Xiaodong Wei's performance is sponsored by the Confucius Institute at U-M.

Posted by zzhu at October 3, 2011 10:01 PM