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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 
Sunday, February 14, 2010

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A Variety Of Asian-Themed Programs Complement The Japanese Cloisonne' Enamels Special Exhibition

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 06, 2010

Media Contact:
Amy Mannarino
410-547-9000, ext. 277
amannarino@thewalters.org

Baltimore—The Walters Art Museum is pleased to present a full slate of programming related to Asia from February 14–June 13, 2010.


Children & Family Programs

To register for family programs, visit www.thewalters.org, call 410-547-9000, ext. 300, or email familyprograms@thewalters.org (unless otherwise noted).

Drop-In Art Activities

Every Saturday & Sunday in February, 10 a.m.–3 p.m.
Price: Free
Location: Family Art Center

Folktales and Fables

Create art inspired by Aesop's fables, tales of chivalry, the Chinese zodiac and African animals.

Celebrating 2010 And The Chinese New Year Of The Tiger

Date: Sunday, February 14, 12–3 p.m.
Price: Free
Location: Sculpture Court; Studio A
With beating drums, cymbals and ringing gongs, The Johns Hopkins University Lion Dance Troupe will herald the Chinese Year of the Tiger.

Girl Scout Museum Days: Flutter And Bloom

Price: $10 per scout, online pre-registration required
Location: Meet at Charles Street Entrance, Sculpture Court
Brownie and Junior Girl Scout Museum Day
Date: Saturday, March 6, 1­–3 p.m.
Brownie Girl Scout Museum Day
Date: Saturday, March 13, 1–3 p.m.
Stroll through a garden of artistic delights this spring at the Walters. Scouts will meander through a special exhibition of Japanese art and explore nature in Asian art.

Cub Scout Museum Day: Secrets of the Samurai

Date: Saturday, March 20, 1­–3 p.m.
Price:
$11.75 per scout, online pre-registration required
Location: Meet at Charles Street Entrance, Sculpture Court
This interactive, two-hour program allows Cub Scouts to earn their Art Academics pin or belt loop while exploring the fascinating lives of samurai warriors.

Asian Spring Family Festival

Date: Saturday, April 24, 10 a.m.­–4 p.m.
Price:
Free
Connect with China, India and Japan through costumes, music, dance and storytelling. Create artwork inspired by ancient traditions; learn techniques including paper cutting and beading from local artists.


Adult Programs

To register for adult programs, visit www.thewalters.org, call 410-547-9000, ext. 238, or email adultprograms@thewalters.org (unless otherwise noted).

Lectures

Lunch & Learn: What's Old Is New: Contemporary Paintings From East Asia

Date: Thursday, January 7, 12:15–1:15 p.m.
Price:
Free
Location: Graham Auditorium
Rob Mintz, Associate Curator of Asian Art, The Walters Art Museum
Mintz will explore a range of new works, finding within them links to tradition and entirely new approaches to the centuries-old East Asian medium of ink painting.

Beautiful Treasures: Japanese Cloisonné Enamels From The Stephen W. Fisher Collection

Date: Sunday, February 14, 3 p.m.
Price:
Free
Location: Graham Auditorium
Rob Mintz, Associate Curator of Asian Art, The Walters Art Museum
Exhibition curator Mintz provides an introduction to the art of Japanese enamel decoration, highlighting nature-inspired designs and outlining the complex techniques that created these objects.

Spotlight with Gary Vikan and Louise Steinman–The Souvenir: A Daughter Discovers Her Father's War

Date: Sunday, March 7, 2 p.m.
Price: Members free; non-members $10; students $5
Location: Graham Auditorium
Louise Steinman, Author; Curator of ALOUD, award-winning lecture series presented by the Library Foundation of Los Angeles
Gary Vikan, Director of the Walters Art Museum
Norman Steinman fought in the Philippines in 1945 in the 25th Infantry Division, and after his death in 1990, his daughter, Louise, discovered a box of letters and souvenirs. The discovery of a silk Japanese flag launched her on a journey to Hiroshima and the fallen Japanese soldier's home, exposing grim realities of war and her father's postwar melancholy.

Decades Later: Reverberations of A Poet's Life In Japan

Date: Sunday, March 28, 2 p.m.
Price: Free
Location: Graham Auditorium
Mary Jo Salter, Andrew W. Mellon Professor in the Humanities and Director of Graduate Studies at The Writing Seminars, The Johns Hopkins University
Reciting from Henry Purcell in Japan and her favorite haiku, Salter, author of six books of poetry, reflects on her former life in Asia.

From Flapping Birds To Space Telescopes: The Modern Science Of Origami

Date: Thursday, April 15, 7 p.m.
Price:
Members free; non-members $10; students $5
Location: Graham Auditorium
Robert J. Lang, Scientist and Artist, formerly of the California Institute of Technology, the NASA/Jet Propulsion 2 Laboratory, Spectra Diode Laboratories and JDS Uniphase
Lang has pioneered a new kind of origami using math and engineering principles, resulting in beautiful, practical and intricate designs.
This program was made possible via a partnership with the Johns Hopkins University Space Telescope Science Institute in Baltimore. It is part of the "Discovering Art and Science Lecture Series"

The John & Berthe Ford Annual Lectureship in Asian Art

China Seen by the Chinese: The Emergence of Documentary Photography as a Fine Art

Date: Sunday, April 18, 3 p.m.
Price:
Free
Location: Graham Auditorium
Jerome Silbergeld, Professor of Chinese Art History and Director, P.Y. and Kinmay W. Tang Center for East Asian Art, Department of Art and Archaeology, Princeton University
Documentary photography is an old medium in China, yet new is Chinese photographers' view of their land and people. This lecture is based on the first American exhibition of this photographic art.

Durable Beauty

Date: Sunday, April 25, 2 p.m.
Price:
Free
Location: Graham Auditorium
Rob Mintz, Associate Curator of Asian Art, The Walters Art Museum and a panel of experts
Specialists discuss the art of Japanese enamel decoration and the most significant aspects of this exhibition from their own perspectives.

Lunch & Learn: Intricate Connections: Cloisonné Connoisseurship

Date: Thursday, May 6, 12:15–1:15 p.m.
Price:
Free
Location: Graham Auditorium
Stephen W. Fisher, Designer and Collector
Fisher will show how the works in his cloisonné collection divide into three schools: conservative, transparent and exotic.


Classes and Workshops

Traditional Artists' Methods Workshop

Elissa O'Loughlin, Senior Paper Conservator
Location: Studio B

Making A Japanese Book

Date: Saturday, January 16, 6–9 p.m.
Price:
Members $30; non-members $60; pre-registration required
Learn to make a book cover with decorated paper and bind a traditional folded-paper book.

Block Printing for Beginners

Date: Sunday, March 7 and 21, 1–4 p.m.
Price:
Members $60; non-members $110; pre-registration required
Learn basic block printing techniques, carving vinyl blocks and printing with water-based inks.


Entertainment

First Fridays At The Walters

Price: Free

Tokyo Nights

Date: Friday, March 5, 5:30–8:30 p.m.
Location:
Centre Street Entrance/Special Exhibition/Café

The Silk Road
Date: Friday, April 2, 5:30–8:30 p.m.
Location:
Centre Street Entrance/Medieval World/Level 3 Lobby

The Art Of Reading Book Club

Price: Members free; non-members $5
Location: The Walters' Parlor, 5 West Mt. Vernon Place

Date: Sunday, March 14, 3 p.m.
The Teahouse Fire by Ellis Avery

Date: Sunday, May 2, 3 p.m.
American Fuji by Sara Backer

21st Art Blooms at The Walters Art Museum

Fish, Fowl, Flowers: The Golden Age Of Cloisonné

Dates: Friday, April 9–Sunday, April 11, 10 a.m.–5 p.m.
Price: $10 admission fee benefits the Walters
Location: Charles Street Entrance
Thirty regional garden clubs will interpret objects from the exhibition, Japanese Cloisonné Enamels from the Stephen W. Fisher Collection. For more information on the preview party, speakers, floral arranging demonstrations and other activities visit www.wamwc.org or call 410-547-9000, ext. 305.

College And Arts Community Night: Harajuku, Anime

Date: Thursday, April 15, 6–9 p.m.
Price: Free
Location: Centre Street Entrance, Special Exhibition, Café, Hackerman House
A lively night featuring a Baltimore version of a Harajuku fashion show, hyper-lectures on manga comics, selections of anime films, Japanese treats and Tokyo sounds interpreted by Baltimore DJs.

Javanese Gamelan Performance

Date: Sunday, April 25, 1 p.m.
Price:
Free
Location: Sculpture Court
The Central Javanese Gamelan Ensemble of the Indonesian Embassy in Washington, D.C., will present a casual concert of classical Javanese gamelan music.

Chanoyu, The Japanese Way Of Tea

Date: Sunday, May 9, 2 p.m.
Location: Graham Auditorium
Price: Free
Masako Soyu Miyahara
Witness the rich and nuanced ritual of an authentic Japanese tea ceremony, as practiced by a professional group of experienced participants, led by Miyahara.

Walk-in Tours for Japanese Cloisonné Enamels

Sundays, March 7, April 18 and May 9, 2 p.m.

Please note: All programs are subject to change. Please consult the museum's Web site at www.thewalters.org prior to the date of the program to confirm.

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