"Along the River during the Qingming Festival" and "The Challenge" in LookOut! Art Gallery

May 23, 2016 (All day) - September 16, 2016 (All day)
Location: 
LookOut! Art Gallery
362 Bogue Street
East Lansing, MI 48825
United States

The RCAH's summer exhibitions in LookOut! Art Gallery include Along the River during the Qingming Festival: An Embroidered Chinese Scroll and The Challenge: A Picture Book for Peace in Mali. Both exhibitions are centered on building and preserving heritage and will be on display in LookOut! through September 16, 2016.

LookOut! summer hours are Monday through Friday, 12 to 2 p.m. and by special request.

Along the River during the Qingming Festival

Along the River during the Qingming Festival: An Embroidered Chinese Scroll presents a 20th-century 20-foot-wide scroll from China, lent by the MSU Museum. Its imagery is based on a Song Dynasty painted scroll, one of the treasures of Chinese art. The embroidery techniques used to celebrate and honor the original painting and to widen its audience are themselves recognized and protected today as elements of China’s Intangible Cultural Heritage.

Along the River during the Qingming Festival depicts everyday life in vivid scenes of work, socializing, shopping, and other familiar activities, as boats ply their way down the river, the through-line of the scroll. A charming video that animates scenes from the scroll and explanatory wall texts accompany the exhibition.

The Challenge

The Challenge: A Picture Book for Peace in Mali presents a proof copy and the original individual pages of a picture book designed, written, and produced by teachers of the Ciwara School in Kati, Mali, and its parent nongovernmental organization, the Institute for Popular Education, in collaboration with students and faculty of the RCAH.

The story and images in The Challenge are designed to contribute to peace-building dialogues in Mali that strive to recover and deepen a democratic culture in the wake of political violence.