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In Chinese tradition, a full moon symbolizes reunion and togetherness, and the moon festival held each fall throughout China and beyond marks one of the most important occasions of the year. It’s a time for gathering and celebrating with loved ones. On Tuesday, October 7, members and friends of The Huntington enjoyed its annual Mid-Autumn Moon Celebration in the Garden of Flowing Fragrance. Guests experienced traditional and contemporary Chinese music performed by the UCLA Music of China Ensemble, Spring Thunder Chinese Music Association, and The Han Music Ensemble. They savored authentic Chinese food, teas, and desserts from over 30 participating local restaurants including Bird Pick Tea & Herb, Hai Di Lao Hot Pot, Maison Akira, New Port Seafood, Roy’s Pasadena, and many more. Guests also had the opportunity to bid on unique and high-end silent auction items ranging from contemporary Chinese ink paintings, viewing stones, penjing, Chinese-inspired experiences, and jewelry with all proceeds supporting the Chinese Garden.


In addition to the Mid-Autumn Moon Celebration, The Huntington hosted a special panel discussion featuring a distinguished group of panelists addressing the topic: Defining Contemporary Chinese Art. What are artists creating? What and why are collectors collecting? Is contemporary Chinese art regional, national, global? What will shape its future? These were just some of the questions asked by Laurent Degryse, managing partner of Hunza Ventures, who served as the moderator. Since 2005, he has been involved in the creation of the Ullens Center for Contemporary Art in Beijing. Other panelists included Ingrid Dudeck, senior specialist and vice president in Asian 20th Century and Contemporary Art at Christie’s; Dominic Ng, Chairman and CEO of East West Bank; Philip Tinari, director of the Ullens Center for Contemporary Art (UCCA) in Beijing; and Xu Bing, artist and vice president of the Central Academy of Fine Arts in Beijing.

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The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens is a collections-based research and educational institution established in 1919 by Henry E. and Arabella Huntington. Henry Huntington, a key figure in the...

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