Global Salon: China of the Late Twentieth-Century Through the Lens of an American Photographer and Curator

When 2 Mar 2017
12:00PM - 1:30PM
Where Smith College
Campus Center 205
Northampton, MA 01063
United States

A conversation with Joan Lebold Cohen and  Jane DeBevoise of Asia Art Archive, with participation artist and curator Kong Chang’an. Experiencing post-Cultural Revolution China first-hand, Ms. Cohen formed a rare collection of approximately 16,500 slides that relate to work by artists in and from mainland China, Vietnam, and other Asian territories, dating from the 1970s to the early 2000s. In this talk, she will discuss her documentation process, and show a selection of slides that offer glimpse into the last few decades of twentieth-century China.

Joan Lebold Cohen is a photographer, art historian, and curator, who has regularly visited Asia since 1961 and lived in Japan, Hong Kong, and mainland China. Her book, The New Chinese Painting, 1949–1986 (1987) was one of the first English-language publications to introduce recent generations of Chinese artists to the West.

Jane DeBevoise is Chair of the Board of Directors of Asia Art Archive in Hong Kong and New York, an independent non-profit organization initiated in 2000 that strives to enrich our understanding of the world through the collection, creation and sharing of knowledge around recent art in Asia. She has an MA from UC Berkeley and a PhD from the University of Hong Kong, both in Chinese art history.

Kong Chang’an is an artist, critic and curator, who holds an M.A. degree in art history from the Central Academy of Fine Arts in Beijing. He was witness to the early development of Chinese contemporary art in the 1980s, and was on the organizing committee of the seminal “China/Avant-Garde Exhibition” in 1989.

Photos courtesy of the organiser/s and Asia Art Archive.

Co-sponsored by the Smith College Museum of Art and the Lewis Global Studies Center.