October 2013 – March 2014
EnLIGHTen yourself at the Crow Collection as you light up your night at Aurora 2013. Learn about different traditions that light up the night all across Asia, and create your own lantern and candleholders to take home with you. Have your photo taken with Buddha, which means “enlightened one,” a show-stopping 18-foot-tall red sculpture newly installed on Flora Street as part of the Crow Collection Sculpture Garden. Then, venture out into the nation’s largest Arts District to take in Aurora, a free contemporary art event that presents interactive new media artworks for one evening only. Share your Crow Collection After Dark experiences on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. #CrowAfterDark
For more information on Aurora visit dallasaurora.com.
Get up close and personal with this sly stone using the exhibition Jade, or Not Jade? That Is the Question. See if you can tell the difference between jadeite, nephrite, and other stones through flashlight tours and touch tables. Learn the history of this coveted stone, and create your very own “jade” jewelry to take home with you. To finish out the night, enjoy samples of Asian beers before rockin’ karaoke! Share your experiences on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. #CrowAfterDark
Bestselling author Amy Tan will discuss her newest novel, The Valley of Amazement, a sweeping epic spanning from San Francisco to Shanghai in the years 1890-1940. It transports readers from the collapse of China’s last imperial dynasty to the beginning of the Republic and recaptures the lost world of old Shanghai through the inner workings of courtesan houses and the lives of the foreigners living in the International Settlement, both erased by World War II. It also tells the tale of a painting that is passed down through generations of women in the same family. Despite vast differences in their upbringing, culture, and circumstances, each of the women is drawn to discover the meaning of the painting and the unknown histories of their mothers. Imbued with Tan’s characteristic insight and humor, The Valley of Amazement conjures a story of inherited trauma, desire and deception, and the power and obstinacy of love.
“Fiction and museums both provoke memories, taking people back in time. . . . That’s also what I want to do with my stories.”
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Do you feel the need? The need for speed? Start by letting the Ma Jun’s china.porsche take you for a spin. Commemorate your visit with a photo in front of the traditionally painted, fiberglass Porsche 911. Fast cars not your thing? Practice your street art skills by adding your own origami creation to the Crow Collection wall. So you think you can dance? Take part in a performance by Orizon whose motto is “many cultures, one style.” If that isn’t enough to get you in gear, come dressed like your favorite anime character for a chance to win the grand prize. Finish your evening with an authentic Japanese sake tasting, but remember, don’t drink and drive china.porsche.
Game Activity: Carrom
6 PM–10 PM | Plaza
Learn how to play the traditional South Asian board game, carrom! Somewhat of a mix between shuffleboard, and pool, this unique and incredibly popular game is played all across Asia in countries like India, Nepal, Pakistan, and Bangladesh. Participate in our “After Dark” tournament and challenge your friends and others to see who will be crowned champion of the night and win a prize!
Art Activity: Elephant Making
6 PM–10 PM | Arbor Walk, 2nd Floor
Using “Model Magic,” design, mold, and decorate your own Indian elephant. Revered as an important animal in Hindu, Jain, and Buddhist culture, the elephant signifies fertility, strength, and wisdom; even the historical Buddha’s mother herself dreamt of an elephant right before he was born. Then take your elephant home and bring auspiciousness into your life!
Art Activity: Sand Rangoli
6 PM–10 PM | Plaza
Rangoli are intricate designs put on floors in courtyards or other significant sites in a home or public place that are made of colored sand, flour, rice, or even flowers. They are meant to ward off evil and invite and welcome Hindu deities into the space. Using actual stencils from India, make your own rangoli to brighten up your home!
Art Activity: Paper Dolls
6 PM–10 PM | Arbor Walk, 2nd Floor
Decorate your own paper doll with Indian accessories, jewelry, and fashion. Choose from a wide range of clothing each with different styles and appearances as well as their own unique historical and cultural significance and role. Show your creative side while you see how art beautifully interacts with culture.
Indian Snacks with Sapna Punjabi-Gupta
8 PM–10 PM | Grand Gallery, 2nd Floor
Enjoy authentic Indian chai tea as you sample some delicious spiced nuts made by Ayurvedic nutritionist and practitioner Sapna Punjabi-Gupta. Learn about the qualities and benefits of these tasty snacks with a short lecture about them, and take pleasure in an opportunity to view a traditional Indian tea set, tray, and cart. Also, taste authentic Indian biscuits, called “Parle-G”, commonly served with tea.
Taj Mahal Photo Experience
6 PM–12 AM | Arbor Walk, 2nd Floor
The Taj Mahal is widely recognized as the jewel of Muslim art in India and is considered one of the architectural masterpieces of the world! Take a photo on a custom backdrop commemorating your fantasy visit there.
Traditional Indian Dance Performance by the Nruthya Shakti Dance Academy
8 PM | Grand Gallery, 2nd Floor
Located in Dallas, the Nruthya Shakti Dance Academy teaches students traditional Indian folk dances as well as more contemporary forms and fusion. Characterized by graceful movements and incredible finesse, Indian dance is a unique blend of different cultures, histories, and arts. Enjoy this beautiful display as they perform two different segments of popular Indian dance styles.
Movie Screening: Re-Take of Amrita
9 PM and 10 PM | Grand Gallery, 2nd Floor
Learn the historical and inspirational background for the Crow Collection exhibition Vivan Sundaram: Re-Take of Amrita as you watch a film about the one-of-a-kind life and experiences of Amrita herself. Drawing from personal interviews, historical accounts, and Amrita’s own works, this exceptional film will give you a uniquely insightful perspective not only on her life, but also on how her life affected others. Following the film, you will have the opportunity to view the works of our exhibit first-hand and see how her influences still live on. [Contains brief artistic nudity and some mature content]
Lotus Shop Grand Re-opening
6 PM–Midnight | Lotus Shop in the Belo
Visit the newly re-opened and larger location of our Lotus Shop and enjoy champagne from 6 pm to 9 pm as you browse the wide variety of art materials, books, décor, fashion accessories, gifts, kid’s items, and more. Also, don’t forget to check out the exquisite collection of beautiful jewelry by Mona Jain for sale exclusively at the Lotus Shop!
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