Date: Wed. August 7, 2013 - Wed. August 28, 2013.
Location: Art Gallery of Ontario, Weston Family Learning Centre (317 Dundas St W) - Toronto, Canada
The Contemporary Chinese Art Discussion Series takes place every Wednesday from 7pm to 9pm starting from August 7th to 28th. In these informal talks held in our Weston Family Learning Centre field specialists explore topics in contemporary art in culture.
For more information and tickets, visit the AGO website.
Public $15 | Members $12 | Students $10
Discussion 1: A History of Contemporary Chinese Art (August 7th)
This talk will examine the major themes, movements, and artists that have shaped the trajectory of contemporary Chinese art from the late 1970s until the present. We will examine the relationship between art and ideas, and discuss the position of artists in post-Mao China.
Discussion 2: Looking Back While Looking Forward: Contemporary Chinese Art as Historical Mediation (August 14th)
This talk will examine the complex and often contested relationship between contemporary Chinese art and China’s recent past, with a specific focus on the role of historical memory in mediating postrevolutionary historical change. We will analyse artists working in various mediums, and discuss the multiple trajectories of postsocialist cultural production.
Discussion 3: Art as Activism in Contemporary China (August 21st)
This talk will examine how artists have responded to the tremendous changes which have taken place within contemporary Chinese society, and will focus on the role of politicised art in destabilising cultural and political norms. We will examine how artists have utilised various mediums to critically reflect upon the role of the artist within society, whether as a cultural agitator or iconoclast, social advocate or documentarian.
Discussion 4: Art and Urban Change in Contemporary China (August 28th)
This talk will examine how artists have responded to the problem of urban change in contemporary China, as rapid economic development has radically altered the urban environment. We will discuss artists whose work documents the rapidly disappearing historical neighbourhoods of cities such as Beijing and Shanghai, as well as the work of artists who probe the interrelated issues of progress, development, culture, and change.