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Wang Qingsong, Skyscraper, 2008. Still. DVD from 35 mm film. Courtesy of the artist.

This two-part program features video pieces by groundbreaking contemporary artists from China, including Zhang Peili, Cao Fei, and Zhang Huan. The first screening surveys the development of the genre through a selection of key works, while the second features a longer work by seminal contemporary artist Yang Fudong. Complements the exhibition Photography from the New China.

Free; reservations required. Call (310) 440-7300 or use the "Make Reservation" button below. All screenings are held in the Harold M. Williams Auditorium.

Video Art from the New China: An Introduction

Date: Saturday, January 29, 2011
Time: 4:00 p.m.

Delve into the breadth and formal diversity of video work produced in China in the last two decades. This program is a collection of performance, documentary, and fiction, featuring videos by multidisciplinary artists across China, from those working in urban epicenters of sprawling Beijing and glittery Shanghai to the quietly buzzing Guangzhou further south.

The program concludes with a Q&A with photographer Wang Qingsong, whose work is featured in the exhibition Photography from the New China.

Yang Zhenzhong's <em>Light and Easy 2</em> (2002), Cao Fei's <em>Hip Hop Guangzhou</em> (2003), and Wang Qingsong
Zhang Peili
30 x 30 (1988)
Document on Hygiene No. 3 (1991)

Zhu Jia
Forever (1994)

Zhang Huan
To Raise the Water Level in a Fishpond (1997)

Song Dong
Breaking Mirror: Beijing (1999)
Burning Photographs (2001)

Cui Xiuwen
Ladies’ Room (2000)

Yang Zhenzhong
Light and Easy 2 (2002)

Cao Fei
Hip Hop Guangzhou (2003)

Zhang Peili
Last Words (2003)
Go Ahead, Go Ahead (2004)
Happiness (2006)

Wang Qingsong
Iron Man (2008)
123456 Chops (2008)
Skyscraper (2008)

Please note that some videos contain violent and graphic imagery.
Viewer discretion is advised.

Running time is approximately 70 minutes.


Video Art from the New China: Yang Fudong's
Seven Intellectuals in a Bamboo Forest

Date: Saturday, January 29, 2011
Time: 7:00 p.m.

**Program Update**

Trained as a painter, but self-taught in photography and filmmaking, Yang Fudong has become one of the foremost photographers and film artists to emerge from China in recent years. This program features a rare screening of Backyard―Hey! Sun is rising, a precursor to the artist's five-part film project, Seven Intellectuals in a Bamboo Forest (2003—7). The screening concludes with the third installment of Seven Intellectuals. Originally shot on lush 35 mm as a philosophical meditation on contemporary life, the video reinterprets the legend of the Seven Sages―a group Daoist intellectuals from ancient China who fled sociopolitical chaos to live in a forest, untroubled by worldly matters, and practice qingtan (pure conversation)―and resituates them in the 20th century.

Yang Fudong
Backyard―Hey! Sun is rising (2001, 13 min., DVD from 35 mm)
Seven Intellectuals in a Bamboo Forest, Part III (2006, 53 min., DVD from 35 mm)

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