Kenyon College

Dinner and a Movie: Empress Wu (1960)

September 14, 2017 5:00pm – 10:00pm

Empress Wu is a fictionalized account of the ascension of Wu Tse-tien, the Chinese sovereign who rose from concubine to Empress Consort and eventually to Empress Regnant of the Zhou Dynasty. Directed by Li Han-hsiang, this sweeping historical drama was entered into the 1963 Cannes Film Festival and stars Li Li-Hua, a prolific Chinese actress who was artist David Diao’s neighbor from 1950-1955 and whose image is featured in several pieces from the exhibition America Beckoning.

Empress Wu (1960)

Thursday, September 14

Aromaku Indonesian Street Food truck, Gund Gallery Front Lawn: 5:00 PM

Film screening: 7:00 PM

Community Foundation Theater, Gund Gallery


About Dinner and a Movie:

This curated series is inspired by themes central to the museum’s fall exhibitions and programs as well as issues important to our community.  The films selected include a cinema classic featuring a glamorous movie star who is the subject of several paintings exhibited in David Diao: America Beckoning, and a contemporary sci-fi thriller that dramatizes the disorder and violence caused by the rapid urbanization and globalization of an African city –issues central to the exhibition Urban Cadence: Street Scenes from Lagos and Johannesburg.  Our annual Night at the Museum includes a special final Dinner and a Movie feature that spoofs Western cinematic representations of the urban superhero archetype. Join us for a food truck dinner before each screening.

Gund Gallery exhibitions and public programs are supported, in part, by the Gund Gallery Board of Directors and the Ohio Arts Council.


Image courtesy of Celestial Pictures Limited.