[Local events] FWD: China Urban at Cooley Gallery

David Abel passages at rdrop.com
Wed Apr 8 10:25:51 PDT 2009


An exhibition of contemporary Chinese art exploring the historical and 
contemporary Chinese city—as representation, model, catalyst, and 
sociopolitical construct.

April 7 – June 7, 2009
Cooley Art Gallery

Special events:

Opening reception:
Thursday, April 9, 6:00-9:00 p.m.
Commencing with a public writing of the calligraphy of Tsang Tsou Choi, 
"The King of Kowloon" (1921-2007), on the walls of the Cooley, by 
Portland calligrapher Dr. Yang Jiyu

Xie Xioaze lectures on his work:
Thursday, April 16
6:30 p.m.
Psych 105

The Cooley Gallery is open Wednesday-Sunday, noon to 6 p.m.
The gallery is located in the Reed library, admission is always free

Reed College
3203 SE Woodstock Blvd.
Portland, Oregon 97202

The artists in China Urban are each uniquely notable for the manner in 
which their work explores the conflicts, tensions and symbolic shifts 
underlying the creation of a “new” China, one dependent upon the initial 
and irrevocable reconfiguration—and often destruction—of China’s 
architectural and cultural traditions. Using a wide range of media, the 
artists in China Urban address the constant flux and transient nature of 
the new Chinese city, examining the city as a complex of both real and 
imaginary spaces. China’s socioeconomic upheaval has sacrificed and 
displaced histories, traditions, and localities in favor of the creation 
of an economic superpower. As the artists featured in China Urban 
demonstrate, the reality of urbanization is every bit as psychological 
and internal as it is physical and environmental.

China Urban features work by: multimedia artist SONG DONG, Beijing; 
filmmaker and multimedia artist YANG FUDONG, Shanghai; painter and 
filmmaker CHEN SHAOXIONG, Guangzhou; painter LI YAN, Beijing; multimedia 
artist CAO FEI, Beijing; urban calligrapher TSANG TSOU CHOI (the KING OF 
KOWLOON, 1921-2007); multimedia artist YIN XIUZHEN, Beijing; painter and 
installation artist CHEN QIULIN, Chengdu; painter YUN-FEI JI, Brooklyn; 
and multimedia artists XIE XIAOZE, Pennsylvania and CHEN ZHONG, Beijing.

China Urban is curated and produced by the China Urban Collective, a 
collaborative organ initiated by Reed College Associate Professor of Art 
and Humanities Lisa Claypool and Douglas F. Cooley Memorial Art Gallery 
Director Stephanie Snyder with the students of Claypool’s Art in 
Contemporary China course (currently underway at Reed College), and 
curatorial research assistant Molly Dilworth (NYC). China Urban 
originated several years ago, in a series of conversations between 
Claypool and Snyder, initiated by Claypool and shaped by her extensive 
travels in China. Claypool and Snyder then broadened the curatorial 
project into the context of the Reed College classroom, and the China 
Urban Collective was born. The students of the Art in Contemporary China 
course are engaged with all aspects of the exhibition.

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