We Chat: A Dialogue in Contemporary Chinese Art

When 26 Jan 2016 - 28 Feb 2016
Where Ezra and Cecile Zilkha Gallery at Wesleyan University
283 Washington Terrace
Middletown, CT 06459
United States
Cost Free
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Debut of exhibition by ten emerging artists from Beijing, Shanghai and New York to include painting, installation, video art, photography, and artist-designed video game.

Middletown, Conn.—We Chat: A Dialogue in Contemporary Chinese Art, one of the first exhibitions in the United State to look at a new generation of artists emerging in China, will be on view in the Main Gallery at Wesleyan University’s Ezra and Cecile Zilkha Gallery, located at 283 Washington Terrace on the Wesleyan campus in Middletown, Connecticut, from Tuesday, January 26 through Sunday, February 28, 2016. Gallery hours are Tuesday through Sunday from Noon to 5pm. Gallery admission is free. This exhibition debuts at Wesleyan, and features works by Sun Xun, Jin Shan, ‎Ma Qiusha, Lu Yang, Bo Wang, Pixy Liao, Liu Chuang, Shi Zhiying, Guo Xi, and Yan Xing. The exhibition is curated by Guest Curator Barbara Pollack.

The public is invited to attend the opening reception on Tuesday, January 26, 2016 at 4:30pm in the Ezra and Cecile Zilkha Gallery. The snow date for the opening reception is Wednesday, January 27, 2016. The opening reception is free.

The works in this exhibition are on loan from Salon 94, New York; Tampa Museum of Art; Sean Kelly Gallery, New York; Inna Contemporary Art Space, Brooklyn, New York; Red Brick Art Museum, Beijing; James Cohan Gallery, New York/Shanghai; Beijing Commune, Beijing; and Vanguard Gallery, Shanghai, China.

The exhibition is sponsored by Wesleyan University’s College of East Asian Studies and Office of Academic Affairs, with additional support from Sha Ye MA ’96, Andrew and Heather Rayburn, and Amy Gao. artscope is a media sponsor of this exhibition.

About the Exhibition
Each of the ten artists in this exhibition were born in China after 1976, growing up with both the “One Child Policy” and the “Open Door Policy,” experiencing far greater opportunities and access to information about contemporary art movements than their predecessors.  Their artworks reflect a major shift in Chinese contemporary art away from identifiable icons and stereotypes of Chinese culture to more experimental approaches to the issue of Chinese identity.

The exhibition takes its name from WeChat, a Chinese messaging app with over 600 million users worldwide. With most of the artists living in China and a few living in the United States, WeChat is one of the few commonalities shared by all the artists in this exhibition.  By establishing a dialogue between these artists, the exhibition “We Chat” offers a new vision of Chinese identity, one that is more fluid, subtle, and more open to global influences.  The artists work in every medium—painting, photography, installation and video, even a fully operational video game built around a character called Uterusman.  One artist, Yan Xing, will create a performative intervention on the Wesleyan campus specifically for this show. Together, these artists represent a generation on the rise whose artworks will certainly command international attention in the near future.

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China’s Youth: Another Cultural Revolution
Saturday, February 27, 2016 at 1pm
CFA Hall

Barbara Pollack moderates a panel discussion about issues facing the post-Mao generation in China. Eric Fish is the author of the book “China’s Millennials: The Want Generation,” and a writer at Asia Society New York focusing on Chinese youth, politics, education, and social issues. Stanley Rosen teaches political science at the University of Southern California, specializing in Chinese politics and society. Michelle Yun is the Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art at the Asia Society Museum.

About the Center for the Arts

Wesleyan University’s Center for the Arts exists to catalyze people’s creativity by engaging them in the dynamic work of diverse artists.

Three inter-related activities enable the CFA to realize its purpose:

  •     supporting the research, public productions, and in-studio teaching needs of the departments of Art and Art History, Dance, Music, and Theater;
  •     leading inter-disciplinary collaborations and other initiatives that integrate artists into creative curricular and co-curricular initiatives; and
  •     organizing powerful encounters between visiting artists and diverse elements of the Wesleyan community, the greater Middletown community, statewide,  and regional audiences.

The Center for the Arts’ eleven-building complex on the Wesleyan campus opened in the fall of 1973, and includes the 400-seat Theater, the 260-seat Hall, the World Music Hall (a non-Western performance space), the 400-seat Crowell Concert Hall, the Ezra and Cecile Zilkha Gallery, and classrooms and studios.

The Center for the Arts gratefully acknowledges the support of its many generous funders and collaborators, including the Association of Performing Arts Presenters, the Connecticut Office of the Arts, the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the New England Foundation for the Arts, as well as media sponsors the Hartford Courant, WESU 88.1FM, WNPR, WSHU, and artscope.

Photo courtesy of the organiser/s

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