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The Art of Chinese New Year

January 23, 2020 - April 4, 2020

Chinese New Year, also called the Spring Festival, is the most important holiday and festival in China. It celebrates the start of the Lunar New Year with food, colorful lanterns and other decorations, fireworks, and a variety of festivities. A wide variety of arts have blossomed in conjunction with these traditions.

“The Art of Chinese New Year” is a vibrant, interactive art experience where visitors of all ages can explore the Chinese New Year holiday and the traditional visual and performing arts related to it. The installation captures the sights and sounds of the holiday through displays, artist workshops, and hands-on activities, leading visitors to a deeper experience, and a greater understanding, of traditional Chinese culture.

The Art of Chinese New Year 2020

In the visual arts, visitors will learn about nianhua (New Year pictures), spring couplets, and papercutting. A showcase on the art of shadow puppetry will feature antique puppets, a traditional shadow puppet theater, and a theater where children can create their own puppet shows. At a lion dance display, visitors can try on real lion dance costumes.

In addition, we are offering four weekend workshops where participants can work with professional artists to create paper-cutting and shadow theater artworks of their own. Sign up below!

Exhibit Schedule:

Thursday, January 23 – Saturday, April 4, 2020
Monday – Friday: 10:00AM – 5:00PM
Thursday: 10:00AM – 8:00PM
Saturday: 11:00AM – 5:00PM
Closed on Sundays and major holidays
Special workshops available for individual sign up

Event Fees:

FREE, please visit at your convenience according to the hours above. For school and group tours, please email [email protected]


This program is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department Of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.



January 23, 2020
April 4, 2020
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