Java in Julyat Crow Collection of Asian Art
Escape the heat and enjoy the shade and serenity of the Crow Collection of Asian Art Sculpture Garden. On this Indonesian-themed night, create your own traditional Indonesian puppet, learn about Indonesian textiles, and relax the night away by watching the popular Indonesian film Garuda di Dadaku.
ART ACTIVITY: CREATE A MAKARA
6–10 PM | Arbor Walk, 2nd floor
A Makara is a mythical composite, a creature with body parts of various animals joined together by imagination in art and lore. The hybrid power of the Makara is emphasized by combined parts of both terrestrial and aquatic animals. Foreparts are usually mammalian, although the jaws are sometimes described as like those of a crocodile, and hindquarters are taken from fish, birds, and reptiles. Most distinctively, Makaras have curled elephant- or manatee-like noses and wide, gaping jaws. Try your hand at creating your own custom Makara and be sure to stop by and visit with our most ancient piece in the Sculpture Garden.
ART ACTIVITY: WAYANG SHADOW PUPPETS
6–10 PM | Arbor Walk, 2nd floor
Wayang is a classical Javanese puppet drama that uses the shadows thrown by wayang kulit, shadow puppets made of perforated, elaborately painted leather. The puppets are manipulated by rods against a translucent screen lit from behind. Wayang plays are usually viewed on such important occasions as birthdays and anniversaries. The plays are set in mythological times and dramatize episodes from Hindu epics. When the characters are introduced, the figures representing the forces of good are on the right and the evil ones are on the left. Create and decorate your own shadow puppet to take home and experience your own wayang play.
PERFORMANCE: PEACOCK DANCE
6:45 PM | Grand Gallery, 2nd floor
The Peacock Dance, or Tari Merak, is a fairly recent creation from the Pasundan area of West Java, created by the choreographer Radin Tjetjep Somanti in the 1950’s. The movements of this dance performance imitates the male merak, or peacock, trying to get the attention of the female merak. Relax and enjoy as Tresna Sari Sulastomo depicts the grace and charm of this contemporary Indonesian dance.
GALLERY TALK & TOUR
7 PM, 8 PM & 9 PM | Grand Gallery, 2nd floor
Join a Crow Collection Gallery Educator for a unique tour experience that includes an activity in the galleries, while learning about a work of art from the collection or exhibition.
DEMONSTRATION: INDONESIAN BATIK
7 – 8 PM | Grand Gallery, 2nd floor
Batik is a technique of manual wax- resistant dyeing applied to whole cloth. The term also applies to the cloth made using this technique. It is made either by drawing dots and lines of the resist with a spouted tool called a canting, or by printing the resist with a copper stamp called a cap. The applied wax resists dyes and allows the artisan to color selectively by soaking the cloth in one color, removing the wax with boiling water, and repeating if multiple colors are desired. A tradition of making batik is found in various countries, including Nigeria, China, India, Malaysia, and Sri Lanka, howerver, the batik of Indonesia, is the most well-known. Indonesian batik made on the island of Java has a long history of acculturation, with diverse patterns influenced by a variety of cultures. Join Evie Thompson, a traditional batik Indonesian designer, for a demonstration of this technique and even try your own hand at this beautiful artform.
SAMPLING: ES CENDOL
7:30 – 9:30 PM | Jade Room, 2nd floor
Es Cendol is a popular Indonesian dessert drink made with coconut milk, green jelly noodles, and sugar palm and served over ice. The name cendol is related to, and probably originated from, the word jendol which means “bump” or “bulge”, in reference to the sensation of drinking and swallowing the green worm-like rice flour jelly. Stop by and try a sample of this fresh and unique dessert drink.
PERFORMANCE: KLANA MASK DANCE
8:15 PM | Grand Gallery, 2nd floor
The Klana Mask Dance, or Tari Topeng Klana, originated in West Java. This dance depicts Klana, a royal person who is rich but of bad character. He is greedy, hateful and cannot control his temper. This character is portrayed with a red mask. Sit back, relax and enjoy as Tresna Sari Sulastomo showcases this traditional Indonesian dance.
SCREENING: GARUDA DI DADAKU
9:30 PM | Grand Gallery, 2nd floor
Garuda di Dadaku (Garuda on my Chest) (2009) by director Ifa Isfansyah, is about Bayu, a young boy who dreams to play for Indonesia’s National Under 13 football team despite his grandfather’s wish for him to be an artist.