Exhibition Related Programs

Past Programs

Reading Paintings – The Intricacies and Essence of Chinese Painting

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Date & Time: Saturday, March 18, 2:00-4:00PM, followed by a reception
$10 Non-Members/Free for All Members
Location: 40 Rector Street, 2nd Floor, New York, NY 10006

In this special lecture, Ms. Hu Yanyan, President of China Guardian Auctions, the premier auction house that specializes in Chinese antiques and art, and a senior specialist in Chinese calligraphy and painting, will examine the Chinese masterworks from ancient, modern, and contemporary, to lead the appreciation of Chinese paintings from the form, brush work, significance and its collection value. For information and registration, please contact 212-744-8181 ext.117 or email: [email protected]


Lecture: “Why the Seven Sages?”

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Date & Time: Wednesday, March 15, 6:30-8:00PM
Event fee: $15 Non-Members/ $10 Members/ Free for FOTG
Location: 40 Rector Street, 2nd Floor, New York, NY 10006

The Seven Sages have been a recurring theme in Chinese art since the Six Dynasties period and they have continued to inspire artists for generations. In her lecture “Why the Seven Sages?” Willow Weilan Hai, Director of China Institute Gallery, Chief Curator of Art in a Time of Chaos: Masterworks from Six Dynasties China, 3rd-6th Centuries will explore archaeological findings among other artworks through the dynasties and decipher the significance of the Seven Sages as cultural symbols in Chinese art. For information and registration, please contact 212-744-8181 ext.117 or email: [email protected]

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Asia Art Week Open House

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Date & Time: Thursday, March 16, 10:00AM-8:00PM
5:00-6:30PM: Reception with light refreshments
Event fee: Free Admission
Location: 40 Rector Street, 2nd Floor, New York, NY 10006

This will be your last chance to visit Art in a Time of Chaos: Masterworks from Six Dynasties China, 3rd-6th Centuries, an exhibition described as “a jewel” by the New York Times. Join us for China Institute’s first Asia Week Open House in our new location, and enjoy complimentary gallery admission. Do not miss this chance to meet the curator and learn about our upcoming exhibitions. For information and registration, please contact 212-744-8181 ext.117 or email: [email protected]


Orchid Pavilion Gathering

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Date & Time: Saturday, March 4, 2:00-5:00PM
Reception with light refreshments
Event fee: $10 Non-Members/ Free for Members/ Free for FOTG
Location: 40 Rector Street, 2nd Floor, New York, NY 10006

The annual event celebrates and encourages artistic inspiration in the spirit of celebrated calligraphy sage Wang Xizhi’s famous gathering with his poet friends at Orchid Pavilion in Kuaiji (today’s Shaoxing in Zhejiang Province) in 353 CE and created the most famous calligraphy work of “The Preface of Orchid Pavilion” in running script. The Orchid Pavilion Gathering has been considered the epitome of a cultured and elegant life ever since. Please join us for an inspiring afternoon and let our exhibition Art in a Time of Chaos take you back to the time of Wang Xizhi and his literati friends.

Willow Weilan Hai, Gallery Director and Chief Curator of Art in a Time of Chaos: Masterworks from Six Dynasties China, 3rd-6th Centuries will offer tours in Chinese and English on the topic of “Why Six Dynasties?”

2:30PM Chinese Gallery Tour; 3:30PM English Gallery Tour

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For information and registration, please contact 212-744-8181 ext.117 or email: [email protected]


Art and the Chinese New Year: Celebrating the Rooster!

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Date and time: Wednesday, January 18, 2017, 6:30-8:30PM
Speaker: Dr. Susan L. Beningson, Assistant Curator of Asian Art at the Brooklyn Museum
Event fee: $10 members / $15 non-members / FREE for FOTG members (includes entrance to Gallery)
Location: 40 Rector Street, 2nd Floor, New York, NY 10006

Celebrate the Lunar New Year by exploring the meaning of roosters in Chinese art with Dr. Susan L. Beningson, Assistant Curator of Asian Art at the Brooklyn Museum, as she discusses objects in the Gallery’s current exhibition and other famous examples of this auspicious zodiac animal.

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For questions or to register, please contact: [email protected] or call 212-744-8181 



Curator’s Lecture – Art in a Time of Chaos:Masterworks from Six Dynasties China, 3rd – 6th Centuries

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Friday, September 30, 6:30PM – 8:00PM
Speakers: Willow Weilan Hai (Overview), Annette Juliano (Lecture)
Ticket Information: $10 Members/ $15 Non-members/ Free for FOTG Members
(Lecture ticket includes complimentary admission to the exhibition)
Location: 40 Rector Street, 2nd Floor,New York, NY 10006

An overview introduction of the exhibition provided by Willow Weilan Hai, Director of China Institute Gallery and Chief Curator of Art in a Time of Chaos: Masterworks from Six Dynasties China, 3rd-6th Centuries, with discussion of the highlights of the exhibition by Guest Curator Annette Juliano, Professor Emerita of Art History, Rutgers University and Research Associate, Institute for the Study of the Ancient World, New York University.

This exhibition is the first major survey to examine Chinese culture and its international influence during the Six Dynasties period, as well as the relationship between the two dominant political centers in the South and North.

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For questions or to register by phone, please contact 212-744-8181 ext. 117 or by email at [email protected]


Rethinking the Six Dynasties, 3rd – 6th Centuries

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Saturday, October 1, 9:30AM – 5:00PM
Event Fees: $30 Members/$35 Non-members/$15 Students/Free for FOTG Members
Location: 40 Rector Street, 2nd Floor,New York, NY 10006

This one-day international symposium will focus on new archaeological findings, their significance for how we understand China’s Six Dynasties period, and the importance of cross-cultural influence and trade during this transformative era. Featuring scholars, curators and museum directors from China and the United States, the morning session will be in English, and the afternoon session will be in Chinese (with interpretation)

Pre-registration is required. Seating capacity is limited to 100; please make your reservations early.

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For questions or to register by phone, please contact 212-744-8181 ext. 117 or by email at [email protected]