Art faculty exhibit works in China

June 20, 2007

On the far side of the world, works by faculty members of the Department of Art are finding a new audience as part of an exchange between AAP and a Chinese university.

The exhibition “Critical Art: Faculty of the Cornell University Department of Art” opened at the School of Art at Hangzhou Normal University in Hangzhou (one hour from Shanghai) on June 1, 2007. After just over a week, it traveled to the Academy of Art and Design at Tsinghua University in Beijing, where it was on view from June 11 to June 23.  

Consisting of works on paper and in projective media, the exhibition was accompanied by a striking full-color catalog (largely bilingual), which showed works by the faculty in other media as well.  

The exhibition is one aspect of an evolving partnership between the Department of Art and Tsinghua University’s Academy of Art and Design. As department chair Buzz Spector writes in an introduction to the catalog, “The two universities have agreed in principle to organize a Cornell/Tsinghua Center for the Study of Contemporary Art. Our idea calls for a center that would sponsor exchanges of faculty artists, conferences about important topics in art, art exhibits with exhibit catalogues, and, eventually, student exchanges.”  

Spector adds, “The teaching, artmaking, and research pursued in the center will be both critically rigorous and ideologically neutral.”  

The exhibition and catalog were organized by visiting associate professor Xiaowen Chen. The catalog’s interior design is by Fei Jun and the cover design by Soulellis Studio.

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