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Exploring China

Contemporary Chinese culture is the subject of an interdisciplinary series of events organized by the Asian studies program this fall. The series explores questions of national identity and international relations through films, lectures, and art exhibits. The film series compares the post-Mao and avant-garde work of directors emerging in the 1980s and ’90s; the earlier generation emphasized national and historical epics based in rural China, while the later school is more experimental, naturalistic, and often urban-focused.
     Along with films, the “Different Chinas” agenda includes:

  • Dialogue on “Different Chinas” by Perry Link, professor of East Asian studies at Princeton University, and Ian Buruma, Luce Professor of Humanities and Democracies at Bard College

  • Lecture on Chinese foreign relations by Harry Harding, China scholar and dean of the Elliot School of International Affairs at George Washington University

  • Panel discussion with three artists from the Tang Museum show Brushing the Present (Xu Zheng, Liu Lei, and Yao Xianing) and Skidmore faculty respondents Jack Ling, Deborah Hutton, and Doretta Miller

  • Chinese brush-painting demonstration with Skidmore artist Jack Ling and Tang-exhibit artist Xu Zheng

  • Lecture, “Brushing the Present with Oil Painting,” by exhibiting artists Liu Lei and Yao Xianing

  • Premiere of Chuang Tzu’s Powwow Drum, a film investigating the parallels between Chinese Taoism and Native American Wakonda and their expressions of life’s unity and continuity through movement, language, music, and painting

  • Lecture, “From Mao to Now,” with discussion of recent works by women painters, by art historian Joan Lebold Cohen

For details on the series, visit www.skidmore.edu/differentchinas.


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