Cinema as Venue panel at Zhejiang Art Museum
Post-screening discussion with Xin Wang, Associate Curator, Asian Contemporary Art Week
Theater 1 (The Roy and Niuta Titus Theater 1), T1
Talks | Oct 29 2014 7:30 pm
Lu Yang in discussion with Xin Wang
Lu Yang, Wrathful King Kong Core, 2011, project poster for video, 14’47”
Wednesday October 29 2014
7:30 pm – free and open to public
Tonight’s discussion between the Shanghai-based artist Lu Yang and curator Xin Wang will examine the various facets of the artist’s practice: bio-art, subcultures of anime, video games and sci-fi, ludic aesthetics and social engagement. Lu Yang will present Lu Yang: Arcade that is articulated under the form of a vintage arcade with a plethora of interactive games, videos, and bizarre objects. Lu Yang: Arcade is the artist’s first New York solo exhibition curated by Xin Wang, and is currently on view atWallplay (Delancey & Orchard) through early November, accompanied by a screening of select videos at Ventana 244 until November 23. Overall Lu Yang’s practice is shaped by fantastical, often morbid visions of death, sexuality (or a-sexuality), illness, and neurological constructs of both real life-forms and religious icons.
Over the course of the evening, Lu Yang will also discuss Cancer Baby and a recently derived project performed at the Asia Society Museum (Oct 26 & 27) during ACAW’s signature program and 2 day forum FIELD MEETING.
Tonight’s event is organized within the framework of RU’s participation in the Asian Contemporary Art Week (ACAW). RU is very grateful to the Asian Cultural Council for support Lu Yang’s residency.
This program is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.
Lu Yang’s work has been featured in important solo and group exhibitions at the UCCA (Beijing), Centre Pompidou (Paris), and DFB Performance Gallery (Chicago), Chronus Art Center (Shanghai), Momentum (Berlin), and Tampa Museum of Art.
Xin Wang is a curator and writer based in New York. A recent graduate from Columbia University’s MA program in Art History, she has worked as the research assistant on Ink Art: Past as Present in Contemporary China at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and co-organized the panel “Magiciens de la Terre and China: Looking Back 25 Years” with Asia Art Archive in America. Currently researching for upcoming special exhibitions at the Metropolitan Museum, she is the curator of Lu Yang: “Arcade”, the artist’s New York solo debut. Xin Wang’s writings have appeared on Artforum, Art in America, Flash Art, Hyperallergic, Leap, and Modern Art Asia.
Asia Art Archive in America
Magiciens de la Terre and China: Looking Back 25 Years
|When||11 Mar 2014
6:30PM – 8:00PM
|Where||612 Schermerhorn, Columbia University
1190 Amsterdam Avenue
New York, NY 10027
Speakers: Jean-Hubert Martin, Fei Dawei (translated by Xin Wang), and Jane DeBevoise (Chair of Asia Art Archive)
Moderator: John Rajchman (Columbia University)
Please join us for a special presentation and informal discussion of the landmark exhibition Magiciens de la Terre, held at the Centre Pompidou and Grande Halle de la Villette in Paris in 1989. Featuring over one hundred artists of whom half were from non-Western locales, this exhibition was one of the first to offer a broadened perspective of global art practice and to challenge the established Euro-centric discourse of contemporary art. Controversial at the time, Magiciens de la Terre was a watershed event and debates about its propositions and its discursive legacy continue to this day.
In this presentation, Magiciens de la Terre curator Jean-Hubert Martin will reflect upon the exhibition’s history, context, and curatorial thinking, followed by remarks from Fei Dawei, who facilitated in the research and selection of three Chinese artists Huang Yongping (b.1954), Yang Jiechang (b.1956), and Gu Dexin (b.1962). Alongside this discussion, Jane DeBevoise of Asia Art Archive (AAA) will introduce selections from the Fei Dawei Archive of primary documents, now part of AAA’s digital research collection.
Co-organized by Asia Art Archive in America, Columbia University, and Xin Wang.
Born in 1944, Jean-Hubert Martin joined the Musée National d’Art Moderne in Paris as a curator in 1971, and was part of the team that established the Centre Pompidou in 1977. After serving as the director of Kunsthalle Bern in 1982-85, Martin returned in 1987-90 to the Pompidou as director of the Musée National d’Art Moderne, and has since overseen institutions including the Musée National des Arts d’Afrique et d’Océanie in Paris and the Museum Kunstpalast in Dusseldorf. His organization of the exhibition ‘Magiciens de la Terre’ in 1989, which included established contemporary artists from the West with their peers from across the world, is widely regarded as a breakthrough in reassessing the center-periphery hierarchy of Modernism.
Born in 1954, Fei Dawei is an independent curator and art critic based in Beijing and Paris. He graduated from the Central Academy of Fine Art (CAFA) in 1985 and in the following year gave presentations at various academies and museums in France to introduce the latest developments in avant-garde art in China, which led to Jean-Hubert Martin’s trip to China in 1987 and the participation of three Chinese artists in the exhibition ‘Magiciens de la Terre’ at the Centre Pompidou in 1989. Fei Dawei was a member of the organization committee of the exhibition ‘China/Avant-Garde’ in 1989, and subsequently curated several large-scale contemporary Chinese art exhibitions overseas, including ’Chine Demain pour Hier’ in Pourrières, France, in 1990; ‘Exceptional Passage’ at the Fukuoka Art Museum in 1991, and ‘The Monk and the Demon’ at the Lyon Contemporary Art Museum in 2004. Fei was the founding director of the Ullens Center for Contemporary Art (UCCA) in Beijing, and curated the Center’s first exhibition in 2007, ‘85 New Wave’, a large-scale historical retrospective.
Fei Dawei’s Archive is part of AAA’s China 1980s research project, ‘Materials of the Future’. The archive consists of more than 2,500 items and is constantly added to and updated.
Xin Wang is a curator and art critic based in New York. A recent graduate from Columbia University’s MA program in Art History (2011), she has worked as the research assistant on Ink Art: Past as Present in Contemporary China at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Essays, reviews, and artist interviews have appeared on artforum.com, artforum.cn, Art in America, Hyperallergic, Modern Art Asia, and Leap.
Photo courtesy of the organiser/s
February 23, 2013, 3–5pm
As part of the exhibition Permutation 03.1: Re-Learning, Herb Tam (Curator and Director of Exhibitions, Museum of Chinese in America) and Xin Wang (Research assistant, Metropolitan Museum of Art) lead a discussion on a range of texts examining copying in historical and contemporary Chinese culture.