Art on a String: Asian Kites in Flight
A colorful display of approximately 100 kites noted for their historical significance and representation of Asian culture. Opening reception will be held on Friday, Oct. 21 from 5:30 - 8pm. Exhibit will be on display through Dec. 31.
Art on a String; Asian Kites in Flight contains approximately one hundred kites from over a dozen countries. Many were made by kite makers whose ancestors created a particular kite design and taught the craft to his family, who then passed the tradition to successive generations. For thousands of years across Asia, kites played a role in communication, religious ceremonies, military reconnaissance, and even fishing. Uses, design styles, and construction methods differed between cultural regions. Included in the exhibition are Korean and Hawaiian fighter kites, the Trai cobras, the Vietnamese Sun kite, a Malaysian kite from Penang Island and the Sri Lankan animal kites. The largest kite in the exhibition is a 95-foot Centipede with whirling eyes crafted by Li Shang-Pei, grand kite master of Taiwan. Also, are ceremonial kites still used today in annual events held to commemorate ancient rites; small kites, including the Edo mini kites by Tetsutaro Noguchi; and the Nogoya Insect kites by Kozo Kato of Japan. Art on a String is on national tour by the Blair-Murrah Exhibition Organization.
The HCH A&C Center is open Monday through Friday from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Admission to all exhibitions is free to the public. No photography (including camera phones) is allowed in the building. For more information, please call (337)491-9147 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.