Shen Wei… Your Wayat Crow Collection of Asian Art
Be inspired by the large-scale paintings created by renowned contemporary artist and choreographer Shen Wei. This series of mysterious paintings is sure to evoke curiosity and creativity. Show off your painting skills with watercolors and discover the artist within you. Watch Chinese paper-cutting demonstrations and be amazed by the complexity of this ancient Chinese tradition. Finish the night off with an authentic Chinese beer tasting.
DEMONSTRATION: CHINESE PAPER CUTTING WITH THE CONFUCIUS INSTITUTE
6–8 PM | Jade Room, 2nd floor
Paper cutting originated in China after the invention of paper around 100 BC. It is the art of creating patterns, designs or pictures using scissors to cut paper in various ways. Because the cut outs are also used to decorate doors and windows, they are sometimes referred to as window flowers. Join the Confucius Institute at the University of Texas at Dallas in a demonstration of this beautiful and intricate art form.
SCULPTURE GARDEN SCAVENGER HUNT
6-8 PM | Sculpture Garden
Get to know our new Sculpture Garden with a scavenger hunt that will offer a few surprises and even a prize.
ART ACTIVITY: SUMMER SOLSTICE FANS
6–8 PM | Flora Fountain
June 21st is the summer solstice in the Northern Hemisphere and marks the beginning of summer for the earth north of the equator. Beat the heat and join us for fan making that represent the four elements, earth, wind, fire and water.
ART ACTIVITY: POP-UP LANDSCAPE
6–10 PM | Arbor Walk, 2nd floor
Just as Shen Wei uses his multiple art forms to create ever-changing, expansive landscape, so can you. Color and decorate your own 2D landscape to take home.
ART ACTIVITY: PRINT AND PAINTING INSPIRED BY SHEN WEI
6–10 PM | East Balcony
Experience our new exhibition, Shen Wei, which features large-scale, contemporary compositions
in black, white, and gray. The shapes and textures can, in places, appear to resemble elements of a landscape—jagged rocks, rushing water, imposing clouds, and elusive figures and animals. Come let your inner artist play and create your own grayscale composition using water, ink and paint.
COMMUNITY ACTIVITY: SUMMER SOLSTICE MURAL
6–10 PM | Flora Street
Gallery Educator, Randy Guthmiller, will create a community mural inspired by the Summer Solstice. There will be cardboard shapes wrapped in bubble wrap which when dipped in latex paint and pressed to the art board create a unique and beautiful homage to Summer!
SHEN WEI PHOTO EXPERIENCE
6-10 PM | Arbor Walk, 2nd floor
Take a step into Shen Wei’s own studio and surround yourself with his larger than life paintings. Take a photo in front of a custom backdrop commemorating your visit with the one and only Shen Wei.
GAMES: CAT’S CRADLE, DIABOLO JUGGLING, HOOP ROLLING AND SHUTTLECOCK
6-10 PM | Flora Street
In Cat’s Cradle, players make shapes with string and pass them back and forth to make different kinds of string figures. Evolved from the Chinese yo-yo, Diabolo Juggling is a game played by pulling the string and turning the axle repeatedly to make the diabolo rotate faster. Hoop rolling is both a sport and a game, in which a large hoop is rolled along the ground by means of an implement wielded by the player. As for Shuttlecock, Jianzi in Chinese, players aim to keep a heavily weighted shuttlecock in the air by using their bodies, apart from the hands. Learn how to play these traditional Chinese games and may the odds be ever in your favor.
7:30 PM | Grand Gallery, 2nd floor
Join a Crow Collection Gallery Educator for the start of a progressive tour through the Arts District. Tours begin at the Crow Collection and continue to the Dallas Museum of Art at 8:00PM and the Nasher at 8:30PM.
PERFORMANCE: LION DANCE WITH LEE’S SNOW LEOPARD KUNG FU ACADEMY
7:30 PM | Flora Fountain
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 summer solstice parade, join us for a musical and theatrical feast, including a two-person lion dance, percussions, drums and even a gong.
8:30 PM | Link Asia, 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 exhibit.
SCREENING: BEIJING OLYMPICS OPENING CEREMONY SEGMENT “SCROLL”
9:00 PM & 10:00 PM | Grand Gallery, 2nd floor Shen Wei choreographed “Scroll” for the Beijing Olympics in 2008 as part the opening segment. The artists performed a dance while leaving their trails on a scroll of white paper, reminiscent of Chinese ink and wash painting. Enjoy this beautiful work of art that is a true testament to the a multi-faceted artist that is Shen Wei.
CHINESE BEER TASTING
9 – 11 PM | Grand Gallery, 2nd floor
Explore the different tastes and flavors in a variety of Chinese beers. Supplies are limited. Must show proof of age to be served alcohol.