Gala Opening: Exhibition: The Golden Ceremony: Weddings in Asia


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Exhibition special event

When: Apr 11 2010 (All day)
Where: East-West Center Gallery, Burns Hall, 1601 East-West Rd., Honolulu

Opening festivities include dance and wedding music performed by EWC and UHM students.

Time: 2:00 - 3:30 p.m.

Exhibition: The Golden Ceremony: Weddings in Asia
East-West Center Gallery
Honolulu, Hawai`i
April 11-June 13, 2010

Weddings are the pinnacle of celebration, festivity, and happiness throughout Asia. People place a huge emphasis on the rituals, processions, feasts, and gatherings associated with these felicitous events in the human life cycle. More than an event uniting two individuals, weddings are a social enactment reinforcing community, family, and continuity. Imbued with both spiritual and practical implications, the wedding events are central to the social fabric and are intended to encourage the couple's fertility.

This EWC exhibition focuses on garments/costumes, ritual objects, theatrical and artistic representations of wedding events, and dowry items including textiles and jewelry. The dowry items give us a unique entry into understanding women's artistic expression because many of the exquisite textiles in the exhibition were produced and designed by women. Often this is a communal effort done by sisters, mothers, family, and friends for the bride.

Due to the enormity of the region with its wide diversity of ethnicities, religions, and sub-cultures, a few representative cultures have been selected to represent East Asia, South Asia, Southeast Asia, and Central Asia. In all regions, people devote extraordinary resources, energy, and time to creating memorable wedding celebrations.

This exhibition was created in honor of the East-West Center's golden 50th anniversary celebration. Likewise, many of the weddings found in Asia are festooned with golden textiles, jewelry, and accoutrements. In order to underscore the symbolic union of East and West, a number of photographs depict Asian weddings with participants from both Asian and Western cultures.

The exhibited artifacts and photographs depict wedding traditions from China, Japan, Korea, India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Thailand, Laos, Viet Nam, Burma/Myanmar, Indonesia, Philippines, Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan, and Afghanistan.

Special events
In the EWC Gallery unless otherwise indicated; admission free

Sunday, April 25, 2:00-3:00 p.m.
Panel discussion: Asian Weddings: Traditions and Permutations.  A panel discussion by three brides who experienced intercultural weddings in India, Bali, and China.

Sunday, May 2, 2:00-4:00 p.m.
Film: Wedding Banquet, 1993. Ang Lee's award winning comedy about a Taiwanese, Mainland Chinese, and American's love triangle; in English and Mandarin.

Sunday May 16, 2:00- 3:00 pm
Public presentation: Cambodian Wedding Traditions, with slides and commentary by Chhany Sak Humphrey, Associate Professor of Khmer Language; with Cambodian  wedding costume demonstration.

Sunday, May 23, 2:00-4:00 p.m.
Film: Monsoon Wedding, 2001. Mira Nair's comedy /drama about a family's clash in preparation for a large lavish Indian wedding; in English and Hindi.

Sunday, June 6, 2:00-3:30 p.m.
Film: Tuya's Wedding, China 2006; Wang Quanan's subtle and award winning film about life on the steppes in Inner Mongolia. English Subtitles.

EWC arts programs are supported by the Hawai`i Pacific Rim Society, Friends of Hawai`i Charities, the Cooke Foundation, Atherton Family Foundation, Jackie Chan Foundation USA, and generous contributors to the EWC Foundation, including members of the EWC Arts `Ohana.

For further information: 944-7584

East-West Center Gallery
Honolulu, Hawai`i
John A. Burns Hall, 1601 East-West Road
(corner of Dole St. & East-West Rd.)
Gallery hours: Weekdays: 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
Sundays: Noon-4:00 p.m.; Close Saturdays and holidays

Primary Contact Info:
Name: Eric Chang, Arts Program Assistant, EWC Gallery
Phone: 944-7584