Fri Oct 16 2015 6:00 pm thru Fri Oct 16 2015 11:59 pm

Block Party | After Dark

Night Light (Aurora)

at Crow Collection of Asian Art
When:
Fri Oct 16 2015 6:00 pm — Midnight
Where:
Crow Collection of Asian Art
Cost:
Free

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Light up your night with Aurora 2015 at the Crow Collection – a free contemporary art event that showcases hundreds of interactive artworks for one night only. Learn about different luminous traditions across Asia, including a glow in the dark lion dance and a performance by Sitar Swara, and then create a Chinese palace lantern and a Diwali kandeel lantern to brighten your night.

  •  ART ACTIVITY: FLOATING JAPANESE LANTERN
    6–10 PM | Arbor Walk, 2nd floor
    Toro Nagashi, a traditional Japanese peace ceremony, commemorates those lost by sending their spirits down the river. Communities gather to honor loved ones in harmony, placing lights inside the lantern to guide the spirits home. Create your own floating lantern and set it free in the pools of the sculpture garden in a celebration of memories.
  • ART ACTIVITY: ORIGAMI KANDEEL
    6–10 PM | Arbor Walk, 2nd floor
    A kandeel is a lantern with a wooden framework and covered in colored matte or glossy papers that are hung in front of homes during the Hindu festival of lights, Diwali. Kandeel in Sanskrit is known as akasha deepa, lantern of the sky, becasue in earlier days Hindu’s would set kandeels afloat as a gesture to invite the spirits of their ancestors moving around to come back home and be with them during the festival time. Learn how to create a paper kandeel using simple folding techinques found in the Japanese art form of origami.
  • ART ACTIVITY: CHINESE TRADITIONAL PALACE LANTERN
    6–10 PM | Arbor Walk, 2nd floor
    Palace lanterns could only be hung in the imperial palace and are famous for their delicate craftsmanship, graceful and dignified pictures as well as the courtly features. Fine wood was used to make the octagonal, hexagonal and even diametric frames that were covered in silk or glass and adorned with different kinds of patterns including dragons and phoenixs. Create a personalized palace lantern to adorn your own palace.
  • COMMUNITY ACTIVITY: CHINESE LANTERN RIDDLES
    6-10 PM | Fountain
    In China, lantern riddles can be so challenging that they have earned the nickname “lantern tigers,” for they are as difficult as fighting a tiger. Test your brain with these riddles which range from easy to hard. Simply turn the riddle around to check your answer on the back.
  • PERFORMANCE: GLOW IN THE DARK LION DANCE WITH LEE’S WHITE LEOPARD KUNG FU ACADEMY
    8:00 PM | Fountain
    White Leopard Kung Fu School began in September 1958 when Johnny Lee started learning My Jhong Law Horn Kung Fu from Grand Master Yip Yu-Ting in Hong Kong. Since then Grand Master Lee and his students are spreading his instructions in Traditional Chinese Martial Arts through branches in Texas, Arkansas, Louisiana, Georgia, Virginia and Florida with headquarters in Dallas, Texas. Lion Dance embraces the beauty, art, culture, traditions, and history of China. A good performance is believed to bring luck and happiness. To kick-off the Aurora celebrations, join us for a musical and theatrical feast, including a three-person glow in the dark lion dance, percussions, drums and even a gong.
  • GALLERY TALK
    9:00 PM | Garden Gallery, 1st floor
    Join a Crow Collection Gallery Educator for a unique tour experience that includes an activity in the galleries, while learning about our newest exhibition Alexander Gorlizki: Variable Dimensions.
  • PERFORMANCE: SITAR SWARA
    10:30 PM | Grand Gallery, 2nd floor
    Sitar player Tom Griffin started out playing and studying jazz guitar in high school. Tom developed an ardent interest in Indian classical music ten years ago when he was fortunate to meet sitarist Vatsal Dave and study with him for five years. Join sitar player Tom Griffin and Surendra Mistry on tabla for an exciting showcase of Indian classical music.