The Arts Converge!

The NIU College of Visual and Performing Arts is proud to present The Arts Converge: Contemporary Art and Asian Music Traditions, an exhibition with accompanying music performances from September 4 through October 12. The Arts Converge will feature an exhibition curated by NIU School of Art faculty member Helen Nagata, with a slate of internationally-recognized guest speakers, artists and performers. Among those guests appearing will be Chee Wang Ng, Koji Nakano, Brenda Louie, Chinary Ung, Tatsu Aoki, Akemi Naito, and Curtis Bahn.

The arts give us an arena where the past and present can converge, sight and sound can converse, and individual experience can speak for a universal experience. We will celebrate interactions between cultural traditions and the individual modern artist, and between music and the visual arts by presenting a variety of contemporary artists' reactions to traditional music sounds or traditional cultural soundscapes. This exhibition will form a contemporary counterpart to an exhibition scheduled to run concurrently at the NIU Art Museum featuring Burmese traditional music instruments. Both exhibitions will have a rich program of related concerts, lectures, workshops and performances organized in collaboration with the NIU School of Music and international conferences on Cambodia Studies, Burma Studies, and Thai Studies to be held at NIU.

The Arts Converge is funded through a Venture Grant of the NIU Foundation, the Elizabeth Allen Visiting Lectures in Art History series, the Harry Castle Fund, and the Elizabeth Plotnick Fund. We look forward to seeing you at several events of this very special fall offering.

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