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[GUIDED TOUR] Rising Above: The Kinsey African American Art and History Collection 水盡雲起
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Event Type: Exhibition
Event Nature: Culture and Arts

Event Details

"Rising Above: The Kinsey African American Art and History Collection" Exhibition

The University Museum and Art Gallery (UMAG) and the Faculty of Arts of the University of Hong Kong (HKU) will work with The Kinsey African American Art and History Collection on the exhibition Rising Above from December 9, 2016 to February 26, 2017. The exhibition includes over 120 items that range from paintings and sculptures to rare first editions and manuscripts, letters and official records that testify to the courage and hope of African Americans rising above the challenges they faced – and still face – to make their voices heard.

The Kinsey Collection has been seen by over 6 million people in 24 cities around the United States. It is the first privately owned collection to have been displayed at the Smithsonian National Museum of American History and is now on long-term display at Epcot, a theme park at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida, that attracts millions of visitors every year.

Dr Florian Knothe, Director of the University Museum and Art Gallery, “This rising above adversity is not a localised historic phenomenon, but one as much known in Asia as in America. The documents and artifacts shown in our exhibition pertain to African emigrants and their life-stories, but, beyond a specific people, they speak for the social engagement and success, inclusion and exclusion, as well as the massive contribution of a minority group in our increasingly globalised world.”

Professor Derek Collins, Dean of the Faculty of Arts, The University of Hong Kong, “It is fitting that The Kinsey Collection makes its debut outside the US in Hong Kong. As a vibrant, open and globally connected city, the citizens of Hong Kong will find many kindred spirits in this collection. If you only have one “aha” moment while experiencing this exhibition, then all of our efforts to bring this collection to Hong Kong will have been worth it: because in that moment, you will recognise yourself.”

Mr Bernard W. and Mrs Shirley Pooler Kinsey, “This is an exhibition where art and history intersect, containing a balance of rare and authentic historical objects and fine art from 1595 to the present, which shares the incredible experience and contributions of African Americans that are often left out of American History books.”

The exhibition is organized in collaboration with KBK Enterprises, Inc. and the Bernard and Shirley Kinsey Foundation for Arts & Education. Supporting organizations include the Consulate General of the United States of America in Hong Kong and Macau, the American Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong, and the Hong Kong Tourism Board.






收藏家 Bernard W. 和 Shirley Pooler Kinsey形容:「這批藏品是藝術和歷史的交匯,當中包括一五九五年至今的稀有歷史文物和藝術真品,分享美國歷史書中往往備受忽視的非裔美國人的重要貢獻和經歷。」

這次展覽的合作機構為KBK Enterprises, Inc、Bernard and Shirley Kinsey Foundation for Arts & Education,支持機構包括美國駐香港及澳門總領事館、香港美國商會和香港旅遊發展局。

Date/Time21/01/2017 15:00-15:30
Venue1/F T.T.Tsui Building, University Museum and Art Gallery, HKU

Registration Instruction

Registration is open from 15/12/2016 15:00(HKT) to 18/01/2017 15:00(HKT) on a first-come-first-served basis.

* Registration is now closed.

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