Friends of the Gallery

Past Events

Guided Tour: Chinese Ethnographic Collection at the American Museum of Natural History


Join Curator of Asian Ethnology, Dr. Laurel Kendall, for a behind-the-scenes tour of the American Museum of Natural History’s Hall of Asian Peoples and highlights of the Museum’s Chinese ethnographic collection in storage.

Open To Friends Of The Gallery Members Only

The American Museum of Natural History houses the finest collection of Asian ethnographic objects in the Western hemisphere, and is the product of decades of collecting as complete a record as possible of the cultures in the Pacific rim. A large percentage of the Museum’s China collection was amassed between 1901 and 1904 by Bethold Laufer, a distinguished Sinologist and linguist. Laufer was hired by the Museum to travel and collect representative objects used in daily life, agriculture, folk religion, medicine, and in the practice of such crafts as printing, bookbinding, carpentry, enamelware, ceramics, and laquerware. Thus the Museum now holds one of the finest archives of late-Qing art and ethnographic objects. Image number: 6772 “Brass figures from Tibet in compact storage, Anthropology Department,” Finnin, Denis, AMNH Digital Special Collections


Guided Tour: Masterpieces of Chinese Painting from the Metropolitan Collection

Friday, January 8, 2016, 6:00PM
A FOTG Member-only Event

Join Assistant Curator of Chinese Painting and Calligraphy, Joseph Scheier-Dolberg, for a private tour of the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s current exhibition, Masterpieces of Chinese Painting. This exhibition highlights the gems of the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s permanent collection in a chronological display, with an emphasis on works from the Song (960-1279) and Yuan (1271-1368) dynasties.

Friends of the Gallery

Since its establishment in 1966, China Institute Gallery has gained renown for introducing Chinese art and culture through exhibitions and related programs which enhance cultural understanding between Chinese and Americans, and enrich the artistic climate of New York City. It is with the generous support from our Friends of the Gallery that the Gallery is able to excel at presenting its innovative exhibitions and publications. Friends of the Gallery (FOTG) is a category of membership for friends and supporters who share a special love for the art of China.

As a token of our sincere gratitude, the Gallery provides six annual events exclusively for Friends of the Gallery. Friends are invited to opening celebrations of the Gallery’s exhibitions, unique visits to leading private art collections, and up-close interactions with artists, collectors, curators and scholars. Whether you are a longtime admirer of Chinese art or your interest is just beginning, we invite you to become an active supporter of China Institute Gallery. Find out about the benefits of being a Friend of the Gallery, and be a part of enduring Chinese art and civilization.


Please join us for a tour of Zhang Hongtu’s Woodside, Queens studio, with a reception to follow. Zhang Hongtu grew up through both the Chinese Civil War and the ensuing Cultural Revolution. He went on to graduate from Beijing’s prestigious Central Academy of Arts and Crafts. After moving to New York in1982, Zhang became known for paintings, sculptures and mixed media installations utilizing Mao’s image to express his ideas about Communist China and the Culture Revolution. His most recent works focus on the relationship between nature and the human condition. Zhang’s work has been exhibited extensively, in shows at Princeton University Art Museum, the Guangzhou Triennial, the Havana Biennial, and at PS1 and the New Museum in New York. His first US retrospective will be on view at Queens Museum in October, 2015.

Friday, April 17, 2015 | 5-7PM
(Attendees have the option of meeting at China Institute and traveling together)
To RSVP, please contact Laura Warne at 212-744-8181, ext. 146 or by email at [email protected]

Summer Soiree

Please join us for a very special Friends of the Gallery Summer Soirée in our Suzhou Garden on June 23rd, 2015. Your generous support and friendship is invaluable to China Institute Gallery and we would like to thank you by celebrating together one last time on 65th Street. This will be your chance to say goodbye to the wonderful building that has been home to China Institute Gallery for nearly 50 years. As you may know, in August we will be moving to our new location downtown, where we hope you will join us in Spring 2016 for the VIP opening of our first exhibition, Art of the Mountain: Through the Chinese Photographer’s Lens.

Tuesday, June 23, 2015, 6-8PM
Kindly RSVP by June 19, 2015 to Laura Warne at 212-744-8181, ext. 146 or by email at [email protected]