Free art and film program on the first friday of the month at The Noguchi Museum
The Noguchi Museum’s “First Fridays” program for January 3 has been postponed until January 10 due to weather conditions. The series of special evening hours (5–8 pm), free admission, art, and film will include a screening of The Lost Magic of the Shanghai Art Studios (2007). This film by Marie-Claire Quiquemelle and Julien Gaurichon documents what was, by the late 1950s, one of the world’s largest animation studios. Shanghai Animation Studio completed its most complex and acclaimed animated film, The Monkey King, just before the Cultural Revolution began in 1965, effectively halting the Studio’s productions. Key players recount the Studio’s rise and fall, including the director Te Wei, whose late 1950s animations were directly inspired by the ink paintings of the eminent Chinese artist Qi Baishi.
The Lost Magic of the Shanghai Art Studios was selected to coincide with Isamu Noguchi and Qi Baishi: Beijing 1930, a major exhibition exploring the creative exchange between Noguchi and Qi Baishi, on view at the Museum through January 26, 2014.
“First Fridays” also feature “Center of Attention”—a guided discussion of a
single work of art on view—and will focus on Isamu Noguchi’s Peking Drawing (man and boy in circular tumble), 1930, beginning at 6 pm. A cash bar with wine and beer begins at 5:30 pm, and the film screening begins at 7 pm.