Summer Special: Poetry & Fine Arts in Summertime

Summer Special: Poetry & Fine Arts in Summertime

5 sessions (10 hours)
Tuesdays, 6:30-8:30pm
July 9 – August 6
Tuition: $250 member/$290 non-member
(plus a $30 non-refundable registration fee)

For Summer, 2019, Ben Wang of China Institute will offer a rare course entitled Poetry and Art in Summertime, focusing on classical fine art and the poems (on the paintings) that themetize and elaborate the paintings on Summer. Selected works by masters of poetry, calligraphy and painting from the Song dynasty (960-1280) through the dawning years of the Republic (1911-) will be introduced.

Most parts of China can be relentlessly sultry during the season of Summer (from July through September), much too sweltering and humid for most poets and artists to devote themselves to poetry and work of art, yet a large number of them throughout the centuries would defy the punishingly hot climate and capture in their timeless works the sweet moments of Summer, when Nature displays the blue mountains, mists over them, and clear rivers flows delightfully, as well as how blossoms and all plant life flourish, on some cool, reinvigorating mornings and warm but breezy twilight time.

Not a poor idea to appreciate some literature and art in the heat of New York, is it? Come to take a cool respite with classical Chinese art. You shall not be disappointed!


Ben Wang, is Senior Lecturer in Language and Humanities at China Institute, Co-Chair of the Renwen Society of China Institute, and Instructor of Chinese at the United Nations Language Program. An award-winning published translator, Ben Wang has taught and lectured on the Chinese language, calligraphy, and classical Chinese literature at Yale, Columbia, Barnard, Williams, U.C. Berkeley, the Smithsonian, the National Gallery of Art, Lincoln Center, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Seattle Art Museum, Museum of Fine Arts of Boston, ABC Nightline, the BBC, among other academic and cultural institutions. Ben Wang taught Chinese and translation at Columbia University and New York University between 1969 and 1991.

Instructor: Ben Wang