Friends of the Gallery

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.



Select Past FOTG Events:

Private Tour: The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Antonio Ratti Textile Center & Spirited Creatures: Animal Representations in Chinese Silk and Lacquer

FOTG members were invited to an exclusive behind-the-scenes look at the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Antonio Ratti Textile Center followed by a tour of the exhibition Spirited Creatures: Animal Representations in Chinese Silk and Lacquer led by curator Pengliang Lu.

Kansas City Chinese Art Excursion

FOTG joined China Institute’s Friends of the Gallery on a specially-designed, weekend art excursion in Kansas City, MO.

FOTG escaped New York for an art-packed getaway in Kansas City. They explored the treasures of the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art and the private collections of art specialists and help the China Institute Gallery celebrate a previous exhibition’s opening at the Nelson-Atkins Museum.

Exclusive preview of Sotheby’s Asia Week Auctions

FOTG joined the Friends of the Gallery for a preview of Sotheby’s Asia Week auctions. Explore treasures of Ancient China dating back from the Neolithic period, as well as Imperial Qing Porcelain, carved jades, and contemporary Chinese art. Following the tour Sotheby’s will host its opening exhibition reception at 6pm.

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

FOTG joined 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.