Unique exhibit filled with Chinese history

Event information:

MATCHA: Eye of the Tiger
Thursday, February 18
5 - 9 p.m.
$10 Admission (includes entry to Shanghai)
Website: www.asianart.org

About the exhibit:

2010 is the Year of the Tiger! MATCHA kicks off the Chinese Lunar New Year, and our special exhibition Shanghai, with riveting tiger-style kung fu (a martial art) demonstrated by monks from the Shaolin Temple USA in San Francisco. Both Shaolin kung fu and Chan (Zen) Buddhism originated from the 1,500-year old Songshan Shaolin Temple in central China.

Each mode of Shaolin kung fu is associated with an animal, and in Chinese culture, the tiger is king and symbolizes bravery. Its kung fu style involves footwork, acrobatic kicks, and unique fist positions, relying solely on internal power, simplicity, and explosive force.

The evening also includes art activities, docent conversations about Lunar New Year, Chan Buddhism, and the Shanghai exhibition, Shanghai dumpling samples, cash bar specials, and DJ music.

MATCHA is the Asian Art Museum's evening mixer that invites visitors to experience the museum in a lively, social, nighttime setting. They can take in mesmerizing performances, create art, tour galleries and the latest special exhibition, drop in on a talk, mingle over cocktails, enjoy a DJ's spinning and more.

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