Yang Fudong: Seven Intellectuals In a Bamboo Forest
Asia Society presents the first American museum showing of Seven Intellectuals in a Bamboo Forest, by Chinese artist Yang Fudong (born 1971, Beijing). This five-part black-and-white cinematic masterpiece references the legendary Seven Sages, a group of third-century Chinese intellectuals who distanced themselves from government service to take up an existence of Daoist-inspired reflection and heavy drinking in the countryside. Their legendary rebellion has long been depicted in traditional East Asian art and is explored in a companion exhibition at Asia Society, Seven Sages of the Bamboo Grove. March 3-September 13, 2009.