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September 13, 2011

FILM
POWER MOVES:THE EMPRESS DOWAGER ONSCREEN
Discover how China’s Empress Dowager, whose controversial image is explored in the Sackler exhibition Power|Play, has been depicted on film throughout the decades. This series is guest-curated by Cheng-sim Lim.

The Empress Dowager
Friday, September 30, 2011, 7 pm. In Person: Lisa Lu, actress
Meyer Auditorium, Freer Gallery of Art. Free; walk-in.
This film by Li Hanxiang proved influential in shaping popular perception of the woman whose reign marked the end of imperial rule in China. Star Lisa Lu introduces and hosts a discussion of the film.
© Licensed by Celestial Pictures Limited. All rights reserved.
(Dir.: Li Hanxiang, Hong Kong, 1975, 107 min., video, Mandarin with English and Chinese subtitles)

The Last Tempest
Sunday, October 2, 2011, 2 pm. 
Meyer Auditorium, Freer Gallery of Art. Free; walk-in.
The emperor’s call to modernize the imperial government stokes generational warfare in this lively sequel to The Empress Dowager.
© Licensed by Celestial Pictures Limited. All rights reserved.
(Dir.: Li Hanxiang, Hong Kong, 1976, 112 min., video, Mandarin with English and Chinese subtitles)

55 Days at Peking
Friday, October 7, 2011, 7 pm.
 
Meyer Auditorium, Freer Gallery of Art. Free; walk-in.
Packing in action and such Hollywood wattage as Charlton Heston and Ava Gardner, 55 Days at Peking is the epic telling of the Boxer Rebellion of 1900.
(Dir.: Nicholas Ray, United States, 1963, 154 min., English)

Shadow Magic
Sunday, October 9, 2011, 2 pm.
 
Meyer Auditorium, Freer Gallery of Art. Free; walk-in.
This charming homage to the arrival of motion pictures in China follows a young photographer as he dares to bridge tradition and modernity.
(Dir.: Ann Hu, United States/Germany, 2000, 115 min., Mandarin with English subtitles)

The Last Emperor
Friday, October 14, 2011, 7 pm.
 
Meyer Auditorium, Freer Gallery of Art. Free; walk-in.
The turbulent life of China’s last monarch is chronicled in this biopic, juxtaposed against his country’s own violent upheavals during the twentieth century.
(Dir.: Bernardo Bertolucci, Italy/UK/China, 1987, 163 min., English)


TOURS
Imperial Identity in Chinese Art
Saturday, October 8, Sunday, October 9, and daily except for Wednesdays starting Tuesday, October 11. 12 pm.
Meet at the Sackler information desk.  Free; walk-in.
Take a closer look at Chinese imperial portraiture through two exhibitions,Power|Play: China's Empress Dowager and Family Matters: Portraits from the Qing Court. Discover how China’s Empress Dowager used elaborately staged photographs to shape her political image and to convey authority, aesthetic refinement, and religious piety. Compare images of status and relationships in formal and informal portraits of several generations of the Qing dynasty.


WORKSHOPS
Crafting My Legacy
Saturdays, October 1, 15, and 29, 1 pm.
Sackler Gallery, sublevel 2.  $15, register online.
Visit Power|Play with curator David Hogge to explore how the Empress Dowager constructed her self-representations. Then, create self-portraits with digital and traditional media while enjoying refreshments inspired by the empress’s favorite foods. No experience necessary. Registration and materials fee required: asia.si.edu/events/workshops.asp

Art ID: Teen Workshop – Power|Play: China’s Empress Dowager
Saturday, November 5, and Saturday, November 19, 2011, 12 pm.
Sackler Gallery, sublevel 2
Picture your power! Join other teens to explore what makes a portrait powerful. View large-scale images of Grand Empress Dowager Cixi (1835–1908) and find out how she used photography to convey her supremacy over China. Create a paper or digital self-portrait that projects your own authority.
Light refreshments are provided. Space is limited. Participation is free but registration is required.

Teacher Workshop – Power|Play: China’s Empress Dowager
Saturday, December 10, 2011, 11 am.
Sackler Gallery, sublevel 2
Picture your power! View large-scale images of Grand Empress Dowager Cixi (1835–1908) and find out how she used photography to convey her supremacy over China. Join other teachers to explore what makes a portrait powerful. Create a paper or digital self-portrait that projects your own authority and adapt this activity for the classroom.
Light refreshments are provided. Space is limited. Participation is free but registration is required.


IMAGINASIA FAMILY EVENTS
Projecting Personas
Saturday, November 12; Sundays, November 13 and 20, 2 pm
Saturday, December 3; Sundays, December 4 and 11, 2 pm

Sackler Gallery, sublevel 2
Explore how and why Empress Dowager Cixi used photography to shape a public persona that reinforced her power and prestige, as seen in the exhibition Power|Play. Follow an activity book to learn more about Cixi, and compare how 21st-century sports stars, politicians, hip-hop artists, and other celebrities project public images of themselves that often differ from who they are in their private lives. Then, use an 8x10” portrait of you, photographed and printed in the classroom, to create your own public image.

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