Rising Dragon: Contemporary Chinese Photography

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Rising Dragon, installation in Krannert Art Museum, 2012.
Rising Dragon, installation in Krannert Art Museum, 2012.

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Rising Dragon, installation in Krannert Art Museum, 2012.
Rising Dragon, installation in Krannert Art Museum, 2012.

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Rising Dragon, installation in Krannert Art Museum, 2012.
Rising Dragon, installation in Krannert Art Museum, 2012.

Exhibition

On view
Oct 12, 2012 to Dec 30, 2012
Main Level, East Gallery

The exhibition Rising Dragon showcases the work of 36 artists using photographic techniques to highlight contradictions between the carefully controlled public image of China and discreet personal gestures informed by Western influence.

Organized by the Katonah Museum of Art, Katonah, New York, and curated by Miles Barth, the exhibition includes images that explore such themes as identity, cultural memory, globalization, and the urbanization and degradation of nature. These images depict a gripping portrait of a country filled with contradictions and cast an ironic and critical look at China’s rising power as a political and economic contender for global leadership. The artists represented in this exhibition have captured moments of hardship, uncertainty, disorder, and pleasure in the everyday experiences of contemporary China.

Among the photographers represented in the exhibition are: Cao Fei, Weng Fen, Yu Haibo, Zhang Huan, Sun Ji, Wang Jin, Liyu + Liubo, Wang Qingsong, Rong Rong, Li Wei, Huang Yan, and Qui Zhijie.

Select Programming:

October 18, 2012
Film Screening of The World (2004), directed by Jia Zhangke , sponsored in part by the Asian Educational Media Service/Center for East Asian and Pacific Studies and Krannert Art Museum

November 1, 2012
Gallery Conversation with Ying Chen, assistant professor of Labor and Employment Relations; Gale Summerfield, director of Women and Gender in Global Perspectives Program and associate professor of Human and Community Development and Agricultural and Consumer Economics; Terri Weissman, assistant professor of Art History; and Gary Xu, associate professor of East Asian Languages and Cultures

 

Guest curator: Miles Barth

Sponsored in part by Fox Development Corporation, Krannert Art Museum Council, and Petals & Paintings 2012

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