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December 7, 2010–April 24, 2011 at the Getty Center


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From East Village to New Photography: Experimental Photography in 1990s China
Wu Hung, professor of art history at the University of Chicago, traces the emergence and development of an unofficial "experimental photography" amidst a sweeping contemporary art movement in China during the 1990s.

Thursday, December 9, 2010, 7:00 p.m.
Getty Center, Harold M. Williams Auditorium

Focusing on the New China
Melissa Chiu, director, Asia Society Museum, moderates a panel of critics and artists in a discussion about creativity, capitalism, and the conflict between past and present in the work of a new generation of Chinese artists. Speakers include Qingyun Ma, dean, School of Architecture at the University of Southern California, Wenda Gu, New York and Shanghai-based artist, and Shiming Gao, China Art Academy, Shanghai.

Thursday, February 10, 2011, 7:00 p.m.
Getty Center, Harold M. Williams Auditorium


Video Art from the New China: An Introduction
Delve into the breadth and formal diversity of video work produced in China in the last two decades. Works by video and performance art pioneers Zhang Peili and Zhang Huan, recent projects by Yang Zhenzong and Wang Qingsong, and pieces from the next generation, such as Cao Fei and Sun Xun, are highlighted. The program concludes with a Q&A with photographer Wang Qingsong. Please note that some videos contain violent and graphic imagery. Viewer discretion is advised. Free; reservations required.

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Saturday, January 29, 2011, 4:00 p.m.
Harold M. Williams Auditorium

Video Art from the New China: Yang Fudong's Seven Intellectuals in a Bamboo Forest
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 the third installment of Yang Fudong's five-part film project, Seven Intellectuals in a Bamboo Forest (2003–2007). A philosophical meditation on contemporary life, the video revisits the legend of the Seven Sages—Daoist intellectuals from ancient China who fled sociopolitical chaos to live in a forest—and re-situates them in the 20th century. The evening begins with BackyardHey! Sun is Rising, a precursor to Seven Intellectuals. Free; reservations required.

Saturday, January 29, 2011, 7:00 p.m.
Harold M. Williams Auditorium

Family Festival

Discover the richness and beauty of the ancient empires of India, Japan, and China as well as recent explosions in artistic creativity. Experience traditional Chinese Opera, listen to Chinese folktales told by a master storyteller, and be dazzled by the amazing music and dance of these vibrant cultures at this hands-on family festival.

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Saturday, March 19, 2011, 10:00 a.m.–6:00 p.m.
Getty Center

Standard Pose / Qiu Zhejie

Curator's Gallery Talk

Judy Keller, senior curator of photographs at the J. Paul Getty Museum, leads a gallery talk on the exhibition. Meet under the stairs in the Museum Entrance Hall. Free; no reservations required.

Tuesday, December 14, 2010, 2:30 p.m.
Getty Center, Museum galleries

Point-of-View: Artist Talk

Wang Qingsong, an internationally recognized Beijing-based photographer, explores the exhibition, which includes his own large-scale photographs exploring the rapid cultural changes occurring in contemporary China. Translation by Zhang Fang. Free; space is extremely limited. Sign-up begins at 1:00 at the Information Desk on the day of the talk.

Saturday, January 29, 2011, 2:30 p.m.

Gallery Course

Resolution Revolution: Photography in China from Confucianism to Communism to Capitalism
Learn about how contemporary Chinese artists are using the photographic medium to express unrest and confusion and to critique their society and culture as China positions itself to become the next superpower. Educator Jennifer S. Li leads this course that looks closely at Photography from the New China, comparing the works in that exhibition to selected historical images from the exhibition Felice Beato: Photographer on the Eastern Road. Course fee $20. Open to 30 participants.

Saturday, February 26, 2011, 10:30 a.m.–2:30 p.m.

Course repeats
Saturday, March 5, 2011, 10:30 a.m.–2:30 p.m.

Getty Center, GRI Lecture Hall and Museum galleries