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CANCELED - Global Dialogue: Introducing Contemporary Chinese Art from the Cultural Revolution to Present

  • 01/21/2021
  • 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
  • Zoom (link provided upon registration)


This program has been CANCELED

Global Dialogue: Introducing Contemporary Chinese Art from the Cultural Revolution to Present

Program: What is contemporary Chinese art? How is it different from American art? And how does it relate to our contemporary moment? This lecture introduces contemporary Chinese art from art made with humble materials immediately following the Cultural Revolution to recent artworks made with cutting edge technology. After the Cultural Revolution ended in 1976, Chinese artists began radical experiments in art making in order to critically reject social realism and invent new art forms for a new China. These exciting transformations continue as artists working in China persistently reinvent and innovate their modes of production and expression to respond to a rapidly changing society. Smart Museum of Art Curator, Orianna Cacchione will broadly introduce major trends, styles, and some of the most well known artists working in China today. From Socialist Realism to the ’85 New Wave Movement, Xu Bing to Ai Weiwei and Cao Fei, participants will leave this lecture acquainted with the most important movements and artists working in China today.

Speaker: Orianna Cacchione is Curator of Global Contemporary Art at the Smart Museum of Art, University of Chicago. Committed to expanding the canon of contemporary art to respond to the circulations of art and ideas, her recent exhibitions include solo presentations of Tang Chang, Samson Young, and Zhang Peili, and the thematic exhibition, The Allure of Matter: Material Art from China. A specialist in contemporary Chinese art, Cacchione holds a Ph.D in Art History, Theory and Criticism from the University of California, San Diego.

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