I have so many things to write about, and I wish I could give a fuller write-up to each of these, but I just haven’t been able to find the time lately. Even with a relatively light class load, and kabuki rehearsals only once a week, somehow I find that I’m constantly busy (okay, admittedly, not nearly as busy as some people. I just don’t have the energy or the work ethic to work really early in the morning, or really late at night, or straight through for hours and hours… maybe this is why I don’t get as much done).
Anyway, here’s a few highlights of recent news/events.
*The Reformer’s Brush, an exhibition of modern Chinese calligraphy, opens at the University of Hawaii at Manoa Art Department Main Gallery next Sunday (Feb 27). As per usual, the gallery has not gone to the bother to create even a full page, let alone a full site, for the exhibit, so maybe it doesn’t look so impressive or enticing from the website. But I promise you, it’s going to be amazing. From only a small handful of local Hawaii-based collectors, Prof. Kate Lingley (curator) and the gallery have been able to borrow works by many top major Chinese historical figures of that period, from Commissioner Lin Zexu to diplomat Li Hongzhang to Chiang Kai-shek himself.
There had been some kind of misunderstanding with China, and at the last minute, even after most of the artifacts were shipped to and received in Philadelphia, Beijing had said they could not be put on display. That was two weeks ago or so. The museum staff scrambled to put -something- together to show, and from what I hear did a pretty good job with extremely limited time and resources. But, in the end, Dr. Victor Mair (chief scholar on the Tarim Mummies, or so I understand) and others managed to sort out the misunderstandings and convince Beijing to allow the exhibition of these rare and most special and interesting artifacts to go on display after all. Congrats to Dr Mair and everyone at the Penn Museum!
*See the New York Times review, with slide show of images, here.