Panel Discussion: Contemporary Chinese Art: Primary Documents

Friday, October 15, 2010, 6:30 p.m.

Theater 3 (The Celeste Bartos Theater), mezzanine, The Lewis B. and Dorothy Cullman Education and Research Building

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Chinese avant-garde art in the post-Mao era has come to play a prominent role in the world of international contemporary art. Yet in spite of the liveliness and creativity of contemporary Chinese art, there is no systematic art-historical introduction to this important topic in any Western language. Moreover, most of the relevant primary documents have existed only in Chinese, often scattered in hard-to-find publications. The Museum of Modern Art and Asia Art Archive (AAA) have co-launched two documentary projects, an anthology and a website, that seek to ameliorate this situation. MoMA’s publication Contemporary Chinese Art: Primary Documents, and AAA’s website Materials of the Future: Documenting Contemporary Chinese Art, 1980–1990, are essential to a deeper understanding of the history of contemporary Chinese art.

To celebrate the launch of these two projects, MoMA and AAA are bringing together a number of the leading artists and critics in the field of contemporary Chinese art for an evening of discussions. Speakers include artist Huang Rui; artist Huang Yong Ping; Jane DeBevoise, Chair of Board of Directors of AAA; artist Lin Tianmiao; Sarah Suzuki, Assistant Curator of Prints and Illustrated Books at MoMA; and Wu Hung, Director of the Center for the Art of East Asia and Consulting Curator at the Smart Museum of Art at the University of Chicago, among others. The event will be followed by a reception, where the book will be available for purchase.

This event is made possible with the generous support of The International Council of The Museum of Modern Art, The Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation, Hong Kong Arts Centre, and JIA Boutique Hotels.

Tickets ($10; $8 members; $5 students, seniors, and staff of other museums) can be purchased online or at the lobby information desk and the film desk. Ticket holders should meet promptly at 11:00 am in front of Gristedes Supermarket on University Place between Eighth and Ninth streets. Those who have purchased tickets for the walking tours online may pick up their tickets at the start of the tour at the designated meeting spot.