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LRCCS Noon Lecture Series | Modern Monumentality: Sculptural Attitudes in Post-1949 China

Vivian Li, Lupe Murchison Curator of Contemporary Art, Dallas Museum of Art
Tuesday, September 28, 2021
12:00-1:00 PM
Off Campus Location
60th Anniversary Alumni Lecture Series

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Since the early 20th century attitudes toward modernization have increasingly centered on spatial hierarchies manifested not only in the built environment, but also through China's arts and culture such as through the growing nationalist interest in its ancient sculptural sites. Through tracing the new emphasis on the monumental in various interpretations of sculpture of the past as well as the present up to the 1950s, this talk examines the motivations for invoking monumentality in modern China and its role in envisioning a new mass viewer in the young Communist nation.

Vivian Li is the Lupe Murchison Curator of Contemporary Art at the Dallas Museum of Art and a specialist in postwar and contemporary art in Asia. She has realized several ambitious exhibitions and commissions, including collaborations with Mel Chin, Lee Mingwei, and Young-Hae Chang Heavy Industries. With the support of a Fulbright fellowship she completed her dissertation on postwar sculpture in China and received her PhD from the University of Michigan in Art History in 2015. She has contributed to various publications, including the Oxford Art Journal," Yishu: Journal of Contemporary Chinese Art," and the forthcoming anthology "Postwar—A Global Art History, 1945–1965" edited by Okwui Enwezor and Atreyee Gupta.
Building: Off Campus Location
Location: Virtual
Event Type: Livestream / Virtual
Tags: Asia, Chinese Studies, Visual Arts
Source: Happening @ Michigan from Lieberthal-Rogel Center for Chinese Studies, International Institute, Asian Languages and Cultures

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