Flushing Town Hall Unveils “The Art of Imperial Peking Opera Costume” Exhibition
—The exhibition of classic costume pieces is open February 17, 2018 – March 11, 2018—
The Costume Art of Imperial Peking Opera
Saturday, February 17 at 2:00 pm
Opening Reception: Sat, Feb 17, 2:00 pm
Gallery Dates: Sat, Feb 17 – Sun, Mar 11
Gallery Hours: Sat & Sun, 12-5:00 pm; weekdays by appointment
$5 Suggested Donation/FREE for Members & Students
The Peking Opera is recognized as the most important Chinese theater in China. Known as the “Imperial Theater” because emperors and queens were deeply in love with it during the Qing Dynasty, these opera costumes are considered to be an important achievement in theater art. This exhibition presents carefully selected pieces from some of the most famous episodes in Peking Opera. These charming yet stunning works of art will provide many surprises.
(Flushing, N.Y.) – On February 6, Flushing Town Hall unveils The Art of Imperial Peking Opera Costume exhibition, a program of the 2018 Lunar New Year Celebrations by Flushing Town Hall. The event is designed to celebrate one of the most important traditional holidays within the Asian American community.
The Art of Imperial Peking Opera Costume exhibition will open to the public on Saturday, February 17, displaying some of the most classic and recognizable costume pieces from the most well-known and beloved Peking Opera episodes. Some of the most impressive pieces include the hand-embroidered emperor’s and queen’s robes with intricate patterns and high contrast colors.
The Peking opera costumes are designed to reflect the social status, personality, and psychological being of the characters. The exhibition focuses on interpreting the relationship between the character and display of color, symbol and design on the character’s costume.
The opening ceremony of “The Art of Imperial Peking Opera Costume” will take place on Saturday, February 17 at 2 pm. Peking opera performers will be dressed in Peking opera costumes with full makeup, just like they would be seen on stage. The exhibition will be on-view for three weeks until March 11, providing the public a rare opportunity to appreciate the intricacy and beauty of the costumes at their own pace. The exhibition is free to the public.
Flushing Town Hall and Dr. Hsing-Lih Chou, curator of “The Art of Imperial Peking Opera Costume,” thanks Chinese American Arts Council for co-presenting the exhibition and Mr. Alan Chow for lending his personal collections of Peking opera costume.
The exhibition is free to the public, with a $5 suggested donation. For more information, visit www.flushingtownhall.org or call (718) 463-7700 x222.
This winter and Spring, Flushing Town Hall will continue to open its doors to teenagers – for free. Under the “Teen Access Program”, which is designed to appeal to students and help foster a greater love in the arts and culture, all 13- to 19-year-olds (whether a member or not) are welcome to attend any performance for free.
Flushing Town Hall is accessible by car, bus, train and foot – located a short distance from the 7 train – at 137-35 Northern Blvd., in Flushing, Queens. Access for wheelchair users and individuals with limited mobility is available.