Yale Bulletin and Calendar

February 2, 2001Volume 29, Number 17

This work by Yale senior Alice Chen is among those on view in "Pursuing the Brushstroke."

Painting and calligraphy by Yale
artists featured in centennial exhibit

Members of the public will have the opportunity to "try their hands" at calligraphy under the tutelage of a master of the art and student practitioners on Saturday, Feb. 10, during the opening of a new exhibit celebrating the centennial of the Yale-China Association.

The exhibit of painting and calligraphy, titled "Pursuing the Brushstroke," launches a special series of art exhibits featuring artwork from members of the Yale community that will be offered as part of the centennial celebration.

"Pursuing the Brushstroke" features painting and calligraphy by students of the Yale Chinese Calligraphy Association (YCCA), a group cofounded by Alice Chen '01 and E-Ching Ng '01 to "foster an appreciation of ancient Chinese culture with fellow Yale students." The two women lead a group of approximately 30 Yale students who meet on Saturday afternoons in a room filled with tables covered with newspaper, bowls of water, ink and brushes to practice the art of calligraphy. About half of the members have family experiences with Chinese culture, while others are learning about that culture through calligraphy.

A highlight of the exhibit will be a collaborative piece by Chen and Ng. Chen, a painter, produced an ink painting of a plum tree, and Ng, who has practiced calligraphy since she was a child in Hong Kong and Singapore, finished the piece with a love poem by a Tang dynasty poet.

The works of other calligraphers -- both novice and expert -- will also be on view. Verses from poems written in Chinese will be rendered in English by American calligrapher Pamela La Regina.

The opening, which coincides with the actual date of the Yale-China Association's founding in 1901, begins at 3 p.m. in the School of Art's new space in Holcombe T. Green Jr. Hall, 1156 Chapel St. Master calligrapher Charles Chu and members of YCCA will offer calligraphy demonstrations. Guests of all ages will then be invited to try the art themselves.

"Painting the Brushstroke" explores a theme central to the Yale-China Association's 100-year-old mission and the YCCA's purpose: building mutual understanding between Chinese and Americans through educational and cultural exchange.

Following the opening, the exhibit will move to the Bierwirth Room at the Yale-China Association, 442 Temple St. It will be on view there from Monday, Feb. 12, through Saturday, April 28. Gallery hours are Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. For more information, call Yale-China at (203) 432-0880 or send email to yale-china@yale.edu.


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