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Recording the Universe: Chinese Contemporary Land Art and the Agency of NatureStill from Bingyi: Emei Waterfall, Ink Studio Gallery, edited by Chenlan

Recording the Universe: Chinese Contemporary Land Art and the Agency of Nature

Dodd Hall, Rm 146

Conversations surrounding land art have historically been focused around male artists from the US and Great Britain, with few exceptions. However, over the past thirty years, Chinese artists have experimented with incorporating water, earth, and other natural elements as key agents in their creative processes. This talk will recognize the history of land-related art in China and its unique catalysts, addressing recording and ephemerality, performance, intersections with feminism and ecological conservation, and historical shanshuihua 山水画 or landscape painting. Key artists include Huang Bingyi, Song Dong, Xu Bing, He Yunchang, and others. 

Susie Ferrell is the Wynn Resorts Associate Curator of Chinese Art at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. A specialist in Chinese contemporary art, she joined LACMA in 2016, and has been working closely with the Yuz Foundation Collection as well as the Fondation INK Collection, a promised gift to the museum of over 400 works of contemporary Chinese and global ink art. In 2019, she co-curated The Allure of Matter: Material Art from China, and led the installations of works by Zeng Fanzhi and Zhu Jinshi at LACMA; in 2020, she co-curated The Abode of Illusions: The Garden of Zhang Daqian at the Yuz Museum in Shanghai. In 2021, she curated the exhibitions Ink Dreams: Selections from the Fondation INK Collection and Legacies of Exchange: Chinese Contemporary Art from the Yuz Foundation. Susanna holds an MA in the History of Fine Art from The Courtauld Institute with a focus on Chinese contemporary art, and a BA in Art History and Fine Art from Scripps College.

This talk is a part of Art History C148E/C248E - Art in Modern China.


Sponsor(s): Center for Chinese Studies

30 May 24
11:00 AM - 12:15 PM

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