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Springfield Center For The Arts At Wittenberg Hosts Exhibition Of 20th Century Embroidery Paintings

June 15, 2012  
 Filed in Community, Events

Mountain Scenery with Pine Trees and Pavilion, mid-20th century, Hunan, China

Springfield, Ohio – A collection of Chinese embroidery paintings gifted to Wittenberg University by Ronald Li, class of 1950, is now on display in the Halley Gallery of the Springfield Center for the Arts at Wittenberg University, 107 Cliff Park Road.

The exhibit, titled Speaking with Silk: 20th Century Embroidery Paintings from Wittenberg’s Li Collection, opened on Saturday, June 2. The exhibit includes “needle paintings,” which were developed in parallel to traditional Chinese painting as a means of self-cultivation, creative expression and societal contribution.

The collection explores the history, symbolism and aesthetics of this relatively unknown artistic tradition. Examples of human hair embroideries and rare pieces from China’s Cultural Revolution (1966-76) accompany traditional Chinese landscapes, contemplative figures and Bird and Flower works.

Speaking with Silk is a Wittenberg student-curated and faculty-guided exhibition that showcases select embroideries from the Ronald Li Collection. It is open to the public free of charge through Friday, Sept. 14 (UPDATE: this exhibit has been extended to Tuesday, Sept. 25). Museum hours are 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and 12:30-4:30 p.m. on Sundays. It is closed on Mondays.

 Written By: Ryan Maurer

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