Binghamton University Art Museum to Feature Two Exhibits


BINGHAMTON, NY – Two exhibits, “Chinese New Year Prints” and “The Art Behind Beijing Opera: Costume and Makeup”will be on display beginning Feb. 10 in the Binghamton University Art Museum, located in the Fine Arts building. The public is invited to the opening reception, 4 – 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 10, to enjoy Chinese instrumental music performed by a visiting instructor from the National Academy of Chinese Theatre Arts in Beijing, China. Ithaca artist Jim Hardesty will demonstrate Chinese calligraphy and brush painting.

“Chinese New Year Prints” is a collaboration between the University Art Museum and the Samuel Dorsky Museum of the Art at The State University of New York, New Paltz. The exhibition features 37 works on paper made for the popular and traditional celebration of Chinese lunar new year.  The exhibit will be open to the public through Mar. 12. 

Also opening on Feb. 10 is “The Art Behind Beijing Opera: Costume and Makeup” featuring Beijing Opera costumes from Binghamton University’s collection, as well as still images and an original video of the intricate and time-consuming process of preparing opera performers’ hair and makeup. “The Art Behind Beijing Opera”will be open through Jun. 2. 

In support of the exhibit, Ronald Knapp, distinguished professor emeritus from SUNY New Paltz, will present a lecture titled, “Beyond the Gate, Beyond Paper, and Beyond the New Year: Evocative Ornamentation and the Chinese Homestead.”  This free program will be held at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, Mar. 2, in room 213 of the Fine Arts building.

Program support for both exhibits is provided by the Confucius Institute of Chinese Opera and the Institute for Asia and Asian Diasporas at Binghamton University.

“Chinese New Year Prints” and "The Art Behind Beijing Opera: Costume and Makeup" may be seen during regular Museum hours, Tuesday through Saturday, noon to 4 p.m., and Thursdays, noon to 7 p.m. or by appointment.  School groups may arrange a tour by contacting Silvia Ivanova, Registrar and Curator of Education, at 607-777-4763 or

For more information, contact the Binghamton University Art Museum at 607-777-2634 or see  

Last Updated: 9/17/13