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3rd Annual Joy Light Lecture: Weight and Whimsy: Chinese Language in Contemporary Art

October 12, 2023 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

The most distinctive feature of Chinese visual culture is the written language. Chinese people gave up robes for Western suits, Mao jackets, and jeans. Hutong houses are being replaced with steel and glass towers. But the written language is impervious to Westernization. Dr. Alfreda Murck will discuss four contemporary artists — Wang Fangyu, Qiu Zhijie, Zhang Huan, and Xu Bing — who feature Chinese characters in their art. Their works are not calligraphy per se, but are rather critical and witty commentaries on politics, culture, China’s long history, and on the language itself.

Dr. Murck holds a Ph.D. in Art History from Princeton University. Her research centers on classical Chinese painting. An internationally recognized curator, educator, and scholar, she has served in key positions in both the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Palace Museum in Beijing, and she has also taught Chinese art history at Columbia University.

Established in 2020 by the KIA, the Joy Light Annual Lecture in East Asian Art introduces our community to new insights and scholarship surrounding East Asian art by preeminent artists, critics, and scholars of our time. Hosted annually in October, this unique speaker series is made possible by the longstanding generosity of Joy and Timothy Light.

$10 nonmembers/$5 members

This is a hybrid event. To view the live stream, visit our YouTube page.