“A Chinese Home” events to explore China’s evolving identity

Author: Shannon Chapla

Yin Yu Tang House

The University of Notre Dame will explore China’s evolving identity through a series of events including a photography exhibition, musical performance and panel discussion of “Yin Yu Tang: A Chinese Home.”

An exhibition of photographs of the 200-year-old Yin Yu Tang home, moved piece-by-piece from the Chinese village of Huang Cun to the Peabody Essex Museum in Massachusetts, is on display through April 25 (Sunday) in the Scholz Family Works on Paper Gallery at the Snite Museum of Art.

Curated by Nancy Berliner of the Peabody Essex Museum, the exhibition draws on the metaphors embodied by Yin Yu Tang of displacement and migration, the personal and private versus the public and formal. It explores China’s evolving identity through works including photographs of the home, folk tunes and electronic music enhanced with staging and video elements.

The Kronos Quartet and Wu Man, an internationally acclaimed pipa player, will present a performance of the music inspired by “A Chinese Home” at 6:30 p.m. March 27 (Saturday) in the Leighton Concert Hall of Notre Dame’s DeBartolo Performing Arts Center. The music is assembled by David Harrington and Wu Man with added elements by specific composers. Visual design and a wide array of Chinese instruments will create a musical celebration of several aspects of Chinese culture.

A panel discussion titled “A Chinese Home,” featuring Wu Man, Harrington and Berliner, will explore the inspiration for the restoration project at 6:30 p.m. March 25 (Thursday) in the Annenberg Auditorium of the Snite Museum.

The exhibition and panel discussion are free and open to the public. Admission for the Kronos Quartet and Wu Man performance is $36 for the general public, $25 for senior citizens and $15 for students. Tickets are available through the DeBartolo Center ticket office by calling 574-631-2800 or visiting http://performingarts.nd.edu.