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December 1, 2008

Woodcuts in Modern China at Colgate University

Colgate University



December 2, 2008 – April 26, 2009

Picker Art Gallery,
Dana Arts Center,
Colgate University
Lally Lane,
Hamilton, NY 13346

http://picker.colgate.edu

http://www.colgate.edu/arts

This exhibition is a comprehensive overview of the use by Chinese artists of the western-style woodcut that laid the foundation of modern Chinese art. It features many of the leaders in the field, from the founding generation to contemporary printmakers such as Zhang Minjie and Xu Bing.

The early works are drawn from the collection of over 200 woodcuts from the Chinese revolution donated to the Picker by Theodore Herman, professor of geography emeritus and director emeritus of peace studies, who acquired them from the artists in 1948.

A Year of Chinese Art at Colgate University

Over the coming year, Colgate’s campus will come alive with a series of events that present twentieth century Chinese art in both historical and contemporary contexts. Major support for these events is made possible through the generosity of Robert H. N. Ho ’56 in honor of Theodore Herman, professor of geography emeritus and lifelong friend of the Ho family.

Exhibitions in the Picker Art Gallery, the Clifford Gallery, the Longyear Museum of Anthropology and Loesch Special Collections; two scholarly catalogues; lectures by visiting artists; performance; and curricular programming will explore contemporary Chinese woodblock print art, installation art, and film.

These events will offer an unprecedented opportunity to raise awareness and the profile on the Colgate campus of China’s burgeoning contemporary art scene and the traditions from which it has arisen. Drawing upon Colgate’s own art collections and resources, contributions by contemporary Chinese artists, and the expertise of scholars of Chinese arts and culture at Colgate and neighboring institutions, A Year of Chinese Art at Colgate University will stimulate research and cross-disciplinary curricular opportunities in unique ways, and will encourage students to engage with Chinese artistic culture as an important part of their educational experience.

Co-organized by the Picker Art Gallery and the Department of Art and Art History, with the support of the Institute for the Creative and Performing Arts, Asian Studies, the Liberal Arts Core Curriculum, Music Department, Longyear Museum and Colgate Libraries, A Year of Chinese Art at Colgate University will focus the strengths and resources of multiple University entities on contemporary Chinese Art for the first time.

For a complete schedule of events please go to http://www.colgate.edu/arts or contact [email protected]

ICPA The Institute for the Creative and Performing Arts at Colgate University

The mission of the Institute for the Creative and Performing Arts at Colgate University is to support and promote excellence in the creative and performing arts, and to stimulate critical dialogue on the arts in the liberal arts context. The Institute encourages and supports projects that embody the broad vision and centrality of the arts, and that underscore the interdisciplinary, international and cross-cultural dimensions of creative and performing arts practice.

For further information on The Institute for the Creative and Performing Arts, please contact: DeWitt Godfrey, [email protected]

Image above:
Teng Yufeng,
Lucky Year, 1999.
Collection of the artist

For more information go to: http://picker.colgate.edu

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