AAA 1980s Film Screening: Harvard University
7 Mar 2012
7:00PM - 8:30PM
CGIS South, Belfer Case Study Room (S020), 1730 Cambridge Street
Cambridge, MA 02138
March 7 2012, 7pm
Asia Art Archive’s film From Jean-Paul Sartre to Teresa Teng: Contemporary Cantonese Art in the 1980s will be screened at Harvard University. This program is presented by Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies, Harvard University.
The 1980s was a seminal period in the history of contemporary art in China. However, the contribution and experimentalism of the art scene in South China, particularly in Guangzhou and Shenzhen, have generally been overlooked. But due in part to the proximity of Hong Kong, western ideas from translated books and articles as well as popular culture in the form of TV shows and Canto pop, flooded over the border to Guangdong at the end of the Cultural Revolution. This influx of new ideas and popular culture sparked great excitement, debate, and experimentation in the arts. Based on primary research, rare film footage, and personal interviews with key artists, this documentary bears witness not only to the reading fever that gripped the Chinese art world in the 1980s. It also highlights the experimentalism and verve of artists and critics in South China whose contributions to the development of contemporary art have been long lasting and deep.
The screening will be followed by Q&A with chair of Asia Art Archive, Jane DeBevoise, and moderated by Eugene Y. Wang, Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Professor of Asian Art, Department of History of Art and Architecture, Harvard University.