This is an in-depth five-session introduction to Chinese contemporary art, with about 1000 slides, covering 200 artists. The lectures will be conducted in English by Zhang Fang, who has been living in Songzhuang and Caochangdi artists villages for over ten years, and have close contacts with the artists and studied contemporary art and gives lectures for years.
  • >> The power point show has 1000 slides covering 200 artists.
    >> The lecture is conducted in English by an insider art researcher who has been living in the contemporary artists' community for decades.
  • Lecture Series Outline

    The five-session lecture series on Chinese contemporary art will include:

    Session One:
    – brainstorming more ideas for this course
    • Video presentation: A film by Lana Jokel entitled “Chinese contemporary art goes to NYC” (2004).
    – Assigning book readings
    • Topic: Landmark architecture and artists’ emotions
    Signature architecture as a performative site for retracing collective memory and generating individual reflection.

    Session Two:
    • Topic: Landmark architecture and artists’ emotions (cont’d)
    Signature architecture as a performative site for retracing collective memory and generating individual reflection (cont’d).
    • Documentary Film: Project 798: New Art in New China, by Lucius C. Kuert
    • Topics: Traditional motifs and artists' dreams
    Traditional architecture as a commemorative site for recollecting the past history and responding to the ongoing drastic transformation.

    Session Three:
    • Staged photography and artist vision 
        Urban architecture as a back-drop set for artists narratives of ongoing social changes, reflections on past stories, dreams and
    • Video: The Genius of Photography (BBC program disc two)
    • Topic: Straight photography
    A typological method to take straight shoots of urban changes discussing about the disruption both to the past and to the future.

    Session Four:
    • Abstract and minimalist art
    painters who focus on lines, grids, squares, circles and other shapes like constructing Marquette, abstract and surreal from reality.
    • Ready-mades/large installations
    • Massive scale of jigsaw pieces building up an empire for episodes of stores from life to create their hallucination to their own childhood and longing for peace.
    • Movie: The Rising Tide: Documentary on Chinese contemporary art by Robert Adano (2006)

    Session Five
    • Artist films, 3-D, cartoon manipulation, web, and etc
    • Summarize and wrap up: discussing what we want to know more and answer more questions. We can invite some art critics and artists to meet the students.