East/West: Visually Speaking

When 31 Dec 1969

East/West: Visually Speaking

Zhong Biao, Olympics Free, 2007.  Courtesy of the artist.

Now through May 1 2010

Hilliard University Art Museum
710 E. Saint Mary Blvd
Lafayette, Louisiana 70503
Tel. 337-482-2278

Press Release:

East/West: Visually Speaking is a first of its kind exhibition of contemporary Chinese Art, featuring eleven Chinese artists whose works reference Western stylistic history. Many of the objects on view bring to mind an eclectic yet meaningful method by which Chinese artists appropriate material from Western culture to create new forms, structures, and meaning in their work.  Exhibitions of contemporary works from China have recently gained attention in the Western market through exhibitions at major galleries. Few, however, have appeared in Southern US cities. The Hilliard University Art Museum is the first institution to bring contemporary Chinese artists to this region. The exhibition focuses on visual language as a thematic link between artworks.

The exhibition features works by Cai Lei, The Luo Brothers, Ma Baozhong, Mu Boyan, Shen Jingdong, Shi Liang, Song Yongping, Sun Ping, Tang Zhigang, Zhang Hongtu, and Zhong Biao.

Many of the artists in this exhibition were born or came-of-age during the Cultural Revolution (1966-1976), and thus represent a generation of artists who experienced enormous change in Chinese culture. Caught between the dense weight of history and tradition, this generation is the first in many years to experience widespread connection to the West. As a result they have reinterpreted aesthetic visual traditions according to their perceptions and knowledge of European and American visual arts.

Today the spotlight is on China as a political and economic force. It is being watched by the entire world as more businesses look to the East for economic opportunity. China has become a dominant player in the world economy.

The exhibition is sponsored in part by China Visual Arts, Ltd, and a cultural development grant from the Lafayette Convention and Visitor’s Commission. The exhibition will travel nationally after the Lafayette debut.

For more information please visit museum.louisiana.edu.