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Past Exhibitions

Roaring Tigers, Leaping Carp: Decoding the Symbolic Language of

October 09, 2009 to January 03, 2010

Roaring Tigers, Leaping Carp: Decoding the Symbolic Language of Chinese Animal Painting is a ground-breaking exhibition of approximately one hundred Chinese paintings and objects depicting birds, fish, tigers, and horses.

Organized by the Cincinnati Art Museum, the exhibition features works selected from major museums in both the United States and Asia, including the National Palace Museum, Taipei, The Palace Museum, Beijing, and the Shanghai Museum.

Based on a recently completed research project by Curator of Asian Art, Prints, and Drawings Hou-mei Sung, the exhibition shows the evolution of the sophisticated symbolic language of Chinese animal paintings and reveals why Chinese animal images represent distinct symbolic values and narratives. Throughout the exhibition, viewers will see how a complex visual language evolved out of each animal symbol, and how this language can be decoded to reveal rich stories about Chinese history, cultural traditions, and philosophical systems.

CATALOGUE
Roaring Tigers, Leaping Carp: Decoding the Symbolic Language of Chinese Animal Painting is accompanied by a full color catalogue published by Yale University Press. Authored by Curator of Asian Art, Hou-mei Sung, each chapter discusses in-depth the evolving symbolic language of different animals, including the eagle, crane, wild goose, pheasant, dove, phoenix, dragon, tiger, horse and fish. The catalogue is available both in hardcover ($75) and soft cover ($55) and can be purchased at the Cincinnati Art Museum Shop or by calling (513) 639-2959.

EXHIBITION SPONSORS
Presenting Sponsor:·
Elizabeth and Rowe Hoffman

Supporting Sponsors:
The Blakemore Foundation
National Endowment for the Arts

Fine Arts Fund Partners:
GE Aviation Group
Convergys Corporation

The Cincinnati Art Museum gratefully acknowledges the support of PNC Bank for their generous support of Roaring Tigers, Leaping Carp: Decoding the Symbolic Language of Chinese Animal Painting.

RELATED PROGRAMS AND EVENTS
To make reservations or for additional information, please call (513) 721-ARTS.

Wild Weekends
11 a.m. – 5 p.m.
The Art Museum explores Art in and of the Wild Kingdom this fall with a series of Wild Weekends, held on the third Saturday and Sunday of October, November and December. Featuring family-friendly programs designed for all ages, Wild Weekends celebrate the ground-breaking exhibition Roaring Tigers, Leaping Carp: Decoding the Symbolic Language of Chinese Animal Painting.

A Horse of Course
Saturday, October 17 and Sunday, October 18
Join us for art making activities, family-friendly docent-led tours, a special gallery talk with Executive Director of the International Museum of the Horse Bill Cooke, and an interactive workshop on Chinese symbolism with Beth Tu Hoffman. Free, reservations required for the gallery tours only. For full event schedule, click here.

Dragons and Tigers, Oh My!
Saturday, November 21 and Sunday, November 22
Take a walk on the wild side with Patrick Callahan, Head Keeper of Carnivores at the Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Gardens, art making activities, docent-led tours, and more. Free, reservations required for the gallery tours only. For full event schedule, click here.

A Fish Tale
Saturday, December 19 and Sunday, December 20
Dive into art with a special gallery talk with a fish keeper at the Newport Aquarium, Chinese paper cutting demonstrations with master artist Hou-Tien Cheng, docent-led tours, art making activities, and more.· Free, reservations required for the gallery tours only. For full event schedule, click here.

Roaring Tigers, Leaping Carp: Decoding the Symbolic Language of Chinese Animal Painting Exhibition Opening and Lecture
Friday, October 9
Members Only: 6 – 7:30 p.m.
Public Opening: 7:30 – 9 p.m.
Lecture: 7:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Be among the first to see Roaring Tigers, Leaping Carp: Decoding the Symbolic Language of Chinese Animal Painting, a ground-breaking exhibition featuring approximately 100 Chinese paintings and objects depicting animals. It decodes the complex visual language of Chinese animal symbolism to reveal many-layered stories about Chinese history and mythology.
Cost: Free. Reservations not required.
Member opening is open to members only, $15 for non-member guests

ROAR
Friday, October 9, 9 p.m. – 12 a.m.
Don’t miss the rip-roaringest fall party featuring music, food, drinks and performances inspired by Roaring Tigers, Leaping Carp: Decoding the Symbolic Language of Chinese Animal Painting.
Cost: $20 pre-purchase, $30 at the door. Reservations not required.

Try Your Hand At: Calligraphy
Saturday, October 10, 3 – 5 p.m.
Take a tour of the permanent collections to learn the history of calligraphy and then join Tao Peng for a hands-on workshop on the basic skills of this beautiful art form.
Cost: $20 general admission, $10 Art Museum members. Reservations required.

Brunch, Art, Music
October 11, 12 - 3 p.m.
Enjoy brunch in the Terrace Cafe and a special performance by the Cincinnati-Dayton Taiko Group at 2 p.m.
Cafe reservations recommended, call (513) 639-2986.

The Emperor and the Assassin (Jing ke ci qin wang) (1998)
Friday, October 16, 7 p.m.
Sunday, October 18, 1 p.m., followed by tour
FILM: In the third century B.C., Ying Zheng, heir to the Kingdom of Qin, seeks to dominate the remaining six Chinese kingdoms. Using a strategy to seem invincible, Ying sends his concubine Zhao to the Han Kingdom as a spy, to enlist an assassin. Zhao persuades Jing Ke, but then ends up falling in love. Director: Kaige Chen
IN THE GALLERIES: Experience this time period through art from the Art Museum’s Asian permanent collections and in Roaring Tigers, Leaping Carp: Decoding the Symbolic Language of Chinese Animal Painting.
Reservations recommended; limited availability for gallery tours. Cost: $8 for general admission or $5 for Art Museum members, students, and seniors. Click here for more information.

Evenings for Educators: Roaring Tigers, Leaping Carp: Decoding the Symbolic Language of Chinese Animal Painting
Wednesday, October 21, 4 – 7 p.m.
Delve into the world of Chinese animal painting and learn how to decode the symbols that these animals represent. Discover how science, history, art and symbolism connect together to create this magnificent and student-friendly exhibition, which is based on over two decades of research by Curator of Asian Art Dr. Hou-mei Sung.
Reservations requested. Cost: $20 general admission; $10 Art Museum members; $5 students.

Inside Story Gallery Talk: Hou-mei Sung
Friday, November 6, 1 p.m.
Get the inside story on Roaring Tigers, Leaping Carp with Curator of Asian Art Dr. Hou-mei Sung.·
Reservations recommended. Cost: Free.

Culture Kids: It’s a Zoo in Here!
Friday, November 13, 10 – 11:30 a.m. or 2 – 3:30 p.m.
Preschoolers and parents learn about art through storytelling, tours, hands-on art making activities and snacks.
Reservations required. Cost: $20 per pair for general admission; $10 per pair for Art Museum members ($6/$3 for each additional person).

Chinese History through Western Eyes
Wednesday, November 18, 7 p.m.
Find out about the changing world of China during a special lecture with James Uhrig, Cin Liu Sister City Fundraiser.
Reservations required. Cost: $20 general admission, $10 for Art Museum members, Sister City members, students and seniors.

Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (2000)
Friday, December 4, 7 p.m.
Sunday, December 6, 1 p.m., followed by tour
Director: Ang Lee
FILM: Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon takes place in Qing China when miracles were credible and spirits and gods were present in man's world.
IN THE GALLERIES: See how emperors, spirits and gods were symbolized by animals in Chinese art in Roaring Tigers, Leaping Carp: Decoding the Symbolic Language of Chinese Animal Painting.
Reservations recommended; limited availability for gallery tours. Cost: $8 for general admission or $5 for Art Museum members, students, and seniors. Click here for more information.

Holiday Xtravaganza
Saturday, December 5, 1 – 4 p.m.
Kick off the holiday season at the eighth annual Holiday Xtravaganza. Enjoy art making activities, musical performances, scavenger hunts and more, all inspired by wild and wooly animals.
No reservations required. Cost: Free.


Brunch, Art, Music: Roaring Tigers, Leaping Carp
Sunday, December 13, 12 – 3 p.m.
Explore Roaring Tigers, Leaping Carp, enjoy a free special music performance by members of the Asian Music Society and dine in the Terrace Café.
Café reservations recommended, call (513) 639-2986 to reserve. Concert reservations not required.

Chinese Paper Cutting Workshop
Friday, December 18, 1 p.m.
Learn the centuries-old technique of Chinese paper cutting with master artist Hou-Tien Cheng. Make your own animal-inspired creation during this hands-on workshop.
Reservations required. Cost: $10 for general admission, $5 for Art Museum members.

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