Wu Hung: "What Is Contemporary Chinese Art?"
Tuesday, April 15, 2008 7 p.m.
Saint Louis Art Museum Auditorium
One Fine Arts Drive, Forest Park
free and open to the public
The curator of The Last Judgment in Cyberspace discusses the concept of “contemporary Chinese art” in relation to the medium, content, and style of this art, as well as the aim of this art and its relationship with Chinese society.
Art historian and curator Wu Hung is one of the world’s leading authorities on contemporary Chinese art. He is the founder and director of the Center for the Art of East Asia at the University of Chicago, the Consulting Curator at the Smart Museum, and the Harrie A. Vanderstappen Distinguished Service Professor in Chinese Art History at the Department of Art History and the Department of East Asian Languages and Civilizations at the University of Chicago.
Wu Hung has curated over 30 exhibitions internationally. In 2006, he was Chief Curator of the 6th Gwangju Biennale (First Chapter: Trace Root—Unfolding Asian Stories). His current exhibition projects include Re-Imagining Asia (recently opened in Berlin), and Displacement: The Three Gorges Dam and Contemporary Chinese Art (to open at the Smart Museum next October). His publications include Transience: Chinese Experimental Art at the End of the Twentieth Century (University Of Chicago Press, 1999), Monumentality in Early Chinese Art (Stanford University Press, 1995), Three Thousand Years of Chinese Painting (Yale University Press, 1997), and Remaking Beijing: Tiananmen Square and the Creation of a Political Space (2005).
Wu Hung has introduced American audiences to numerous important contemporary Chinese artists, including Miao Xiaochun, whose exhibition The Last Judgment in Cyberspace, is on display at Saint Louis University’s Museum of Contemporary Religious Art (MOCRA) through May 18.
co-sponsored by the Saint Louis Art Museum and MOCRA