Contemplating China's Past and Future: A Festival of Chinese Arts and Humanities

February - April 2010

The wealth of Chinese art, culture, film and food -- from scrolls to dumplings -- will be explored from February 24 through April 25 in a series of concerts, exhibitions, art symposia, film screenings, and food lecture demonstrations at Montclair State University's Chinese Festival 2010: "Contemplating China's Past and Future: A Festival of Chinese Arts and Humanities."

"We've designed the Festival to provide an understanding of the culture of Asia's most populous and economically powerful nation as it rises to prominence in the 21st century," said Marina Cunningham, Executive Director of International Affairs, Global Education Center. "During the two months of the festival, various events will demonstrate how Chinese culture has influenced Western culture and vice-versa."

Following are some highlights from the more than twenty events scheduled:

Renowned author Da Chen of best-sellers Colors of the Mountain and Sounds of the River with St. John's history professor Jeffrey Kinkley examine the intellectual, social, and literary history of 20th century China as seen through its literature. February 24, 10 a.m.

The Enduring Art of China, an exhibition featuring 50 scrolls by eight leading Chinese artists showcasing current renditions in traditional materials - ink, brush, and rice paper. March 4 - April 9 in the George Segal Gallery. A symposium on March 4 will feature the artists discussing their work: Chen Lusheng (National Art Museum of China); Fang Chuxiong (Guangzhou Academy of Fine Arts); Li Yang and Wang Huangsheng (both of Central Academy of Fine Arts) and others. The artists will be in attendance at the exhibition opening reception.

Autumn Gem, a film about the extraordinary life of the Chinese revolutionary heroine and women's rights activist Qui Jin (1875-1907). April 6, 7 p.m.

Education in China, a panel at Montclair High School with visiting scholars Fenghua Xu (Donghua University), Chang Yu (Beijing Jiaotong University) Aihua Li (Montclair State University) April 8, 4 p.m.

Jennifer Lee, New York Times columnist and author of The Fortune Cookie Chronicles, discusses the history of Chinese cuisine and its reinterpretation in America, April 14, 6 p.m.

All programs are open to the public. Most programs are free.

This festival was made possible by a grant from the New Jersey Council for the Humanities, a state partner of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Digital images of selected artwork are available upon request.

For further information, please call University Communications at (973) 655-4333 or visit Chinese Festival 2010.

Released: January 11, 2010