Taubman Art Museum and local organizations celebrate Lunar New Year

ROANOKE, Va. (WDBJ) – The Taubman Museum of Art will host a Lunar New Year celebration ushering in the Year of the Tiger, complete with dragon dances, martial arts performances, chanting and more!

The whole family can learn about the cultural traditions of our Asian friends and neighbors in Southwest Virginia.

Arts and crafts, as well as the world’s largest pop-up book, will also be on display.

The pop-up book was originally featured at the museum in 2019 in a solo exhibition of Colette Fu’s work.

“Building was a challenge,” Fu said, “but I just worked with what I could, within budget, and with what I could figure out on my own.”

The result is the world’s largest pop-up book, a peach blossom tale cave big enough to slip into. The book was originally featured in a solo exhibition of Fu’s work called “We Are Tiger Dragon People”. Fu donated the book to the museum’s sharing collection after the exhibition.

The name of the work is “Tao Hua Yuan Ji”, which roughly translates to “Peach Blossom Valley”. It is inspired by a Chinese fable by poet Tao Yuanming written in 421 CE at a time of political instability during the Qin Dynasty. According to legend, a fisherman stumbled upon a secluded valley of peach blossoms where people seeking political refuge lived an ideal and harmonious life with nature and each other.

Organizers say they are happy to continue this celebration last at the museum after it was canceled in 2021 due to the pandemic.

“It’s exciting to welcome the community from all over to experience some of the families having fun learning about new traditions and learning about our cultures here from our neighbors,” said Cindy Petersen, executive director of the Taubman Museum of Art.

“It’s exciting to learn and connect people in this way, you know, we all celebrate New Years and so it’s a medium for that something that we can all recognize and then we can find out more about how others are doing it and learning more about ourselves in the process,” said Courtney Campbell, Chair of the Board of Local Colors.

The event is presented by Local Colors, Roanoke Valley Sister Cities and the Taubman Museum of Art.

No registration is necessary, the event is free! The event kicks off on February 5, and you can find out more here.

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