Book Signing & Gallery Tour

Date: 9/20/08
Time: 1 – 3pm
Location: CCC Gallery
750 Kearny St, 3rd Fl.
San Francisco, CA 94108
Admission: Free

Chinese – 中文網頁

In conjunction with its Chinese Puzzles Exhibition, the Chinese Culture Center of San Francisco will be organizing a special event celebrating the publication of “Chinese Puzzles: Games for the Hands and Mind”.

Photographer Niana Liu and authors Wei Zhang and Peter Rasmussen will be on hand to sign copies of the book and to lead visitors on gallery tours.

Part exhibition catalog and part photographic exploration, this beautiful book uses as its subject matter the traditional Chinese puzzles on display in the Chinese Culture Center’s current exhibition. However the forms, textures and colors of the antique puzzles are given new life through the eyes and lens of San Francisco-based painter-photographer-designer Niana Liu.

“Chinese Puzzles: Games for the Hands and Mind” was written by Bay Area residents Wei Zhang and Peter Rasmussen, who collected the puzzles during twelve years of travels crisscrossing China and exploring Western antique markets. This book is the first to document the rapidly disappearing forms of handcrafted Chinese puzzles.

Niana Liu photographed the puzzles using natural light, resulting in the book’s distinctly non-catalog appearance. Niana’s youth and spirit convey the same playfulness to the reader that is such an integral component of puzzle solving.

Visitors are encouraged to come as early 10:00 am to enjoy the Chinese Culture Center’s free exhibition, Chinese Puzzles: Games for the Hands and Mind, which runs until October 11.