Wang Qingsong is widely considered to be one of Asia’s most important photographic artists, whose large-format photographs address China’s rapidly changing society. Join us for an online tour of Wang’s recent exhibition, “On the Field of Hope,” at Tang Contemporary, Beijing, followed by an insider’s visit to his Beijing studio. Wang, who trained as a painter, began taking photographs in the 1990s as a way to document the tension of cultural shifts and global change. Wang will be joined in conversation with renowned art journalist Barbara Pollack, and Dorinda Elliott, Director of Programs at China Institute after brief remarks by Carol Stepanchuk–Lieberthal-Rogel Center for Chinese Studies, University of Michigan and Natsu Oyobe–Curator of Asian Art, Museum of Art, University of Michigan.
Barbara Pollack is the co-founder and co-director of Art at a Time Like This Inc., a platform for free expression for artists at times of crises. An author and curator, Pollack is a leading authority on Chinese contemporary art. Her latest book, Brand New Art from China: A Generation on the Rise, was published in 2018. Pollack has written extensively on contemporary Chinese art for such publications as Artnews, Art & Auction, the Village Voice, Vanity Fair, the New York Times, and many others. In addition to articles, Pollack has contributed major catalogue essays for such leading artists as Li Songsong, Lin Tianmiao, Wang Gongxin, Zhao Zhao, Sun Xun, and Tu Hongtao. Pollack is an adjunct professor at the School of Visual Arts in New York City and frequently lectures on contemporary art at universities and museums throughout the United States and Asia. In 2022, Pollack will be lead curator of the exhibition, Mirror Image: Changing Chinese Identity, at the Asia Society Museum in New York.
This event is co-sponsored by
the University of Michigan Lieberthal-Rogel Center for Chinese Studies and University of Michigan Museum of Art (UMMA)