NEW YORK, Jan. 24, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- The third "Happy Chinese New Year: Fantastic Art China," a nine-day festival celebrating 2017 "Year of The Rooster," will be held January 23rd-31st at iconic cultural venues and landmarks across New York City. The festival will be headlined by three arts exhibitions at the Metropolitan Pavilion (125 W 18th st) and one special exhibition at the Gallery of New York School of Interior Design (161 E 69th St). Hosted by the Central Academy of Fine Arts (CAFA), the most prestigious art academy in all of China, the festival's events and arts exhibitions – all free and open to the public – will not only highlight the richness of Chinese cultural and contemporary arts but also showcase emerging artists from both the US and China in some of New York City's finest and most historic art venues. Additional highlights include an Empire State Building Light Show, a Fireworks Spectacular and a Public Art Display at Lincoln Center preceding the New York Philharmonic's 6th Annual Chinese New Year Concert and Gala. The event is co-hosted by the US-China Cultural Institute. Partnering organizations include Empire State Realty Trust, Lincoln Center, the New York Philharmonic, the National Dance Institute, New York School of Interior Design, China Institute and Fireworks By Grucci.
- Four Art Exhibitions:
The Abstract Art in Dialogue exhibition will be on display at the New York Institute of Interior Design (NYSID) January 23rd-29th and will feature contemporary abstract art works of young Chinese and American artists. Curated by NYSID instructor Dr. Zhijian Qian, an Assistant Professor of Art History at City Tech of City University of New York, it showcases artworks by artists from different cultural traditions who explore new possibilities in abstract art from a variety of approaches. The exhibition features invited artists Ze Gao, Dongze Huo, Derek Lerner, Yue Liu, Yushan Liu, Chen Shen, Adam Simon, Miljan Suknovic, and Renqian Yang.
Three other exhibitions will take place at The Metropolitan Pavilion between January 26th-29th.
Image of the Mind: Contemporary Chinese Art is a major exhibition of sixteen pioneering and established contemporary Chinese artists, featuring 37 works that utilize different media and artistic languages, including oil painting, ink painting, sculpture, video and installation, to incorporate the expressionistic practices of traditional Chinese ink painting into contemporary Chinese art. The artists featured are Shang Yang, Hong Yao, Ma Lu, Su Xinping, Zhan Wang, Lyu Pinchang, Miao Xiaochun, Zhang Fangbai, Xiang Yang, Huang Yong, Qiu Ting, Cai Zhisong, Mu Boyan, Feng Fang, Huang Zhen and Wu Jian'an. This exhibition is co-curated by Dr. Yu Ding and Assistant Curator Dr. Kuangdi Chen.
The final two exhibitions held at the Metropolitan Pavilion, co-curated by Dr. Zhijian Qian and Dr. Yu Ding will be China-America Young Artists and China-America Art Students, each focuses on cross-cultural dialogue, and showcases the latest works of Chinese and American art students and young artists, presenting concerns, creative perspectives, and varying approaches from new generations of artists.
In conjunction with the exhibitions, there will be a series of public programs, including an Experimental Film Screening, the Panel Discussion on Art and New Urban Culture, the China - America Art Colleges Collaboration Initiative: Students Visit Program, and a NYC Lunar New Year Students Day.
- Experimental Film Screening will take place January 23rd, 27th and 28th at the New York School of Interior Design's Arthur Satz Auditorium. It will feature outstanding student experimental films from the renowned Beijing Film Academy and several other esteemed colleges.
- NYC Lunar New Year Students Day will be held at the Metropolitan Pavilion on January 28th and will be open to the public. The event will celebrate New York's historic designation of the Chinese Lunar New Year as a school holiday for more than 1.1 million public school students. There will be performances by the National Dance Institute, plus an interactive chicken dance-along. Arts and crafts program will include paint-your-own 3D rooster mask and a collaborative wall mural installation.