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Art Talk: New Directions: Contemporary Art in China

A conversation on new trends in Chinese contemporary art
 Zhang Huan Chinese, 1986- Three Legged Buddha
Zhang Huan, "Three Legged Buddha," 2007, steel and copper, 28’ 2 ½” x 42’ x 22’ 7 5/8” (859.8 x 1,280.2 x 690 cm). Storm King Art Center, gift of Zhang Huan, © Zhang Huan Studio, courtesy Pace Gallery. Photograph by Jerry L. Thompson.

A conversation on new trends in Chinese contemporary art with Thomas J. Berghuis, Curator of Chinese Art at The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum; Ingrid Dudek, Vice President/International Senior Specialist at Christie's and Melissa Chiu, Director of Asia Society Museum and co-curator of Zhang Huan: Evoking Tradition.

Co-presented by Asia Society and Storm King Art Center. In conjunction with the exhibition Zhang Huan: Evoking Tradition, currently on view at Storm King Art Center.

Melissa Chiu, Museum Director and Senior Vice President of Global Arts and Cultural Programs for Asia Society in New York, is responsible for the exhibition program at Asia Society Museum, which has included groundbreaking presentations such as TOOBA: Shirin Neshat, Zhang Huan: Altered States, Art and China's Revolution, Yang Fudong: Seven Intellectuals in a Bamboo Forest, Yoshitomo Nara: Nobody's Fool, and Sarah Sze: Infinite Line.

Thomas J. Berghuis is the Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation Curator of Chinese Art at The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum; he has curated several exhibitions of contemporary Asian art, including most recently the international group exhibition Suspended Histories at Museum van Loon in Amsterdam (2013). He is also a visiting scholar at the Center for China in the World at the Australian National University in Canberra, Australia. The author of Performance Art in China (2006), the first major art-historical study on performance art in China, his other writings have been published in prominent journals and art magazines and Dr. Berghuis is also a member of the editorial team of the newly established Journal of Contemporary Chinese Art.

Ingrid Dudek, Vice President/International Senior Specialist at Christie's, plays a central role in the rapidly developing area of Asian contemporary art, securing works for inclusion in the Post-War & Contemporary art sales in New York, London and the Asian 20th Century and Contemporary Art sales in Hong Kong and Shanghai. She has strong connections within the contemporary Asian art community, built during a career that took her from the International Center of Photography to the management of a private Chinese art collection in New York. Ms. Dudek holds a BA in Art History from the University of California at Berkeley and an MA in Anthropology from New York University. She spent several years in Beijing as both a Fulbright fellow and also as manager of the CourtYard Gallery, the renowned contemporary Chinese art gallery.

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Event Details

Fri 12 Sep 2014
6:30pm - 8:00pm

725 Park Avenue (at East 70th Street)