October 2013 – May 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
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!
For the downloadable version of the schedule click here
Celebrate the healing power of art and community and find peace, love, creative expression, and Asian art. Take part in Journeyman Inc.’s spoken word experience that transcends cultures, creeds, and races by awakening the creative soul. If poetry isn’t relaxing enough, learn the fundamentals of Asian herbs, massage and more throughout the evening. As Buddha tells us, “Peace comes from within.”
Download the full schedule here: Peace, Love Asia Schedule
GONGFU TEA CEREMONY & SAMPLING
6–10 PM | Jade Room, 2nd Floor
The gongfu tea ceremony is also known as the Chinese tea ceremony. It is a Chinese cultural activity involving the ritualized preparation and presentation of tea. The original term gongfu cha literally means “making tea with effort.” Today, the approach is used popularly by teashops carrying tea of Chinese or Taiwan origins, and by tea connoisseurs as a way to maximize the taste of a tea selection, especially a finer one. Enjoy an authentic gongfu tea ceremony and sampling provided by Kyle Stewart with The Cultured Cup.
ART ACTIVITY: BAMBOO POTTING
6–10 PM | West Plaza
Bamboo has long been the Chinese symbol for strength. Many admire the bamboo’s qualities of fast-growth and resilience. In Chinese, lucky bamboo is known as fu gwey zhu (fu: luck and fortune, gwey: power and honor, zhu: bamboo). The meaning of lucky bamboo plays an important role as a living example of the feng shui elements of water, wood and earth. Take a little feng shui home with you by learning how to plant and care for your very own lucky bamboo.
ART ACTIVITY: GYOTAKU
6–10 PM | West Balcony
Gyotaku, from gyo “fish” and taku “rubbing,” is the traditional method of Japanese fish printing, dating back to the mid-1800s. This form of nature printing was used by fishermen to record their catches, but has also became an artform on its own. Using fish molds, create your own gyotaku print to commemorate your prize catch here at the Crow.
WRITING ACTIVITY: HAIKU
6–10 PM | Arbor Walk, 2nd floor
A traditional Japanese haiku is a three-line poem with seventeen syllables, written in a 5/7/5 syllable count. Often focusing on images from nature, haiku emphasizes simplicity, intensity, and directness of expression. In honor of National Poetry Month, become your own haiku poet and learn how to master this poetic form using a piece from our collection as your inspiration.
ART ACTIVITY: PAPER MARIGOLD FLOWERS
6–10 PM | Arbor Walk, 2nd Floor
Marigold flowers are made up of multiple layers of overlapping petals with the petals getting smaller and more condensed towards the flowers center, similar to that of a carnation. The blooms may be single or double colored and can be varying hues of yellow, orange, red and maroon. In India, marigolds symbolize passion and creativity. It is known as the ‘Herb of the Sun’ and symbolizes a trust in the divine and a will to overcome obstacles. This is also why the flower assumes such importance on Vijayadashami, the day Lord Rama prevalied over Ravana, a victory of good over evil. Show your creative side while arranging tissue paper to make your own marigold.
PRINTMAKING DEMONSTRATIONS BY THE BOOKER T. WASHINGTON FREE TIBET CLUB
6–11 PM | East Balcony
The Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts Free Tibet Club is a cultural exchange-based group of students who use printmaking primarily as a means to fund education and sponsorship of Tibetan children, Drepung Monks, and schools in and outside of China. The students have designed prints that symbolize Peace, Love and Asia and will be printing their woodcuts on shirts and posters. Stop by and get a one of kind Peace, Love, Asia shirt for $5 or a poster for $3.
7–8 PM | Grand Gallery, 2nd floor
Guzheng is a traditional Chinese plucked zither, or musical string instrument. The guzheng is the ancestor of several Asian zither instruments, such as the Japanese koto, the Korean gayageum, and the Vietnamese dàn tranh. Among all Chinese traditional musical instruments, guzheng has the most beautiful sounds. Enjoy the beautiful melodies of a Chinese harp performed by Anita Hu.
PERFORMANCE: JOURNEYMAN INK
8 PM & 9:30 PM | Grand Gallery, 2nd floor
Will Richey and Alejandro Perez, Jr. (AP) engage audiences with their infectious and kinesthetic call and response approach to the art of Spoken Word as expressed through original stories, poetry, and song. Their mastery of the “Melody Memory Method”, known for its low risk/high success effects and interactive “see it, say it, do it” style, invites the crowd to become an instrument themselves through various rhythms and vocalized mantras. Their dynamic connection is not only shared through their Puerto Rican heritage, but in their desire to cross cultures, creeds, and races by awakening the creative soul. They are the founders of DaVerse Lounge, were featured on the TEDxSMU 2013 stage, and have been nominated for a Dallas MasterMind Award for Innovation of Art and Culture in North Texas. Take part in Journeyman Ink’s spoken word experience, which transcends cultures, creeds, and races by awakening the creative soul.
Come to one of Dallas’ most delicious vegetarian restaurants and learn how to make authentic vegetarian food. Located in the beautiful setting of a Hare Krishna temple, the menu for the evening will include Sambhar (South Indian soup), Dosa (rice and dal crepe), Idli (steamed cake), Aloo-Mattar Sabzi (potato and pea curry), and Coconut-Cilantro Chutney.
No pre-registration required – just show up!
Born in Tokyo in 1962, Takashi Murakami is one of the most influential and acclaimed artists to have emerged from Asia in the late twentieth century. His first live-action feature film Jellyfish Eyes tells the story of Masashi, a young boy who moves to a sleepy town in the Japanese countryside with his mother in the wake of a natural disaster. After returning home from his new elementary school one day, Masashi discovers a flying jellyfish-like creature whom he befriends and names Kurage-bo. Masashi soon discovers that all his classmates have similarly magical pets, known as F.R.I.E.N.D.s, which are controlled by electronic devices that the children use to battle one another. Despite their playful appearances, however, these F.R.I.E.N.D.s turn out to be part of a sinister plot that will threaten the entire town.
Following the screening, artist Takashi Murakami will participate in a Q&A with Gabriel Ritter, The Nancy and Tim Hanley Assistant Curator of Contemporary Art at the DMA.
Jellyfish Eyes is FREE, but reservations are required. Reserve your ticket online in advance to guarantee your seat.
This free program is structured for homeschool students (ages 8–16) and their adult partners to discover fun and inspiring ways to enjoy art together. Each session features a staff presentation, interactive gallery tours, and hands-on learning activities.
Free; registration required, click below to register with the Kimbell. Each program is limited to 40 children, plus their adult companions.
Please email the Kimbell if you have questions at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Although restorative yoga is a year-round Friday class offered at the Crow Collection, join each Friday for the month of May for 31 days of Asia! Relax and Renew. Restorative yoga emphasizes the calming of the nervous system and teaches the art of relaxation. Melt tension away and leave feeling completely refreshed and ready for the weekend.
All levels of experience welcome. Space is limited; no reservations required.
Practice the Japanese art of printmaking at the Kimbell by making gyotaku prints. “Gyo” is the Japanese word for fish and “taku” is the word for print or printing. This specialized form of printmaking focuses on the depiction of traditional Japanese fish and their elegant forms.
About Studio Five 90:
Open-format sessions join art-making and gallery activities to encourage fresh ways of looking at and responding to featured artworks and themes. No advance registration for this free, drop-in program, although space is limited to 25 teen and adult participants. Sign up at the entrance to the education studios in the Renzo Piano Pavilion, beginning one hour before the program.
Questions? Please call 817-332-8451, ext. 725, or email email@example.com.
The colorful reimagining of William Shakespeare’s King Lear, Ran earned Akira Kurosawa an Academy Award nomination for Best Director in 1985. This ambitious feature had the highest production cost of any Japanese film of its time and is Kurosawa’s final epic masterpiece.
ArthouseFW: Samurai Series
The ArthouseFW – Samurai Series present select films that highlight the unique and poetic life of the Samurai. Each film explores a new perspective of life as a warrior, whether the battle is for life, love or upholding the strict expectations of society. The series will play alongside the Kimbell Art Museum’s exhibition Samurai: Armor from the Ann and Gabriel Barbier-Mueller Collection in the brand new Renzo Piano pavilion. This installment of ArthouseFW is presented by the Lone Star Film Society and the Kimbell Art Museum.