Why do Americans like dragon dances so much? "China is so far away in so many ways," posits Denver Art Museum spokeswoman Tara Moberly. "We are more familiar with European customs, but China is still foreign and exotic." The museum will celebrate Chinese New Year today with the Colorado Asian Heritage Center Dragon Dance Troupe performing at 10:30 a.m., followed by a second dance at 11:15 a.m. The Denver Shaolin Kung Fu Tai Ji Institute will demonstrate its high-flying dance skills at 2 p.m. as part of a 45-minute exhibition in which audience members can participate. You can also peruse the artwork of Xu Beihong (1895-1953), whose work combines oil and Chinese ink paintings with traditional Chinese and Western techniques. This is the first time the artist's work has been shown in the U.S., and this is the final week of the exhibit.
All demonstrations and guided tours through Xu Beihong: Pioneer of Modern Chinese Painting and Threads of Heaven: Silken Legacy of China's Last Dynasty are included in the admission price or $3 to $10. For more information about the DAM, 100 West 14th Avenue Parkway, or to buy tickets, call 720-913-0130 or go to www.denverartmuseum.org.
Sat., Jan. 21, 2012