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, China Institute will offer a new and special course taught by the renowned Ben Wang focusing on classical fine art and poems that thematize and elaborate the feelings and promise of the Summer season. 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.

As you may know, Summer in China can be extremely hot and humid- and many artists find the temperatures distracting and not conducive to producing erudite work. However, a number of them would defy the punishing climate and use the slower pace of the season to capture sweet moments when nature displays mountains against a clear blue sky with cool rivers flowing delightfully through the verdant forest and lush underbrush.

Take a cool respite this summer with China Institute and escape the heat of New York to learn with master instructor Ben Wang.



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