Everyone that complains about doing the same old thing every weekend, needs to add a little culture to their lives and get down to the Chinese New Year Celebration at The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, January 27-28. This is a free event to celebrate the year of the dragon with Ancestors, the Tomb, and Luxury: The Ancient Chinese Art Galleries.
Two newly renovated galleries explore the world of the tomb in ancient China from circa 2000 BCE to 200 CE. The tomb was the repository for valuable articles (mysterious bronze vessels, gilded and inlaid fittings) as well as ceramic sculptures representing people, animals and architecture. There will be a dragon procession, magicians, dance troups, elaborate costumes and demonstrations throughout the night.
The galleries (231-232) are located on the second floor and will open to the public at 5pm on Friday, January 27.
Here are several other demonstrations to see:
- Shaolin Lohan Pai Lion Dance Troupe | Kirkwood Hall
- Kansas City Chinese Music Ensemble | Sculpture Hall
- Shang Zehua – Tea Demonstration | Lens 2 in Block Building
- Chinese Yo-Yo by Chinese School of Greater KC | Bloch Lobby
- Guzheng Performance & Demonstration | Ford Learning Center
- Dan Chan – Bian Lian | Atkins Auditorium
- Jasmine Dance Group | Kirkwood Hall
Bring your friends and family down to participate in this wonderful event. No excuses, because it is centralized and free.
Starting this weekend and running through April 29 in Gallery L8 is a free exhibition called The Raft, which is a profound, emotionally riveting video installation where a group of strangers experience unexpected disaster. This is definitely worth a look.
Also this Saturday, January 21 from 8pm-Midnight in the Bloch Building, is Party Arty (SOLD OUT). This 21 and over social gathering will set sail toward a playground of industry and imagination. Eat, drink and be entertained amid the sights and sounds of a retro-futuristic dream.
Admission to the museum is FREE every day for everyone. Visit their website and become a fan today.
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