Opening Reception + Exhibition – We Chat: A Dialogue in Contemporary Chinese Art

Image: Pixy Yijun Liao, "The King Under Me," 2011, digital c-print, 34 x 44 x 2 inches, courtesy of the artist.

Image: Pixy Yijun Liao, “The King Under Me,” 2011, digital c-print, 34 x 44 x 2 inches, courtesy of the artist.

Some information first about the opening reception from Andrew Chatfield:

Come join us for the debut of an exhibition by ten emerging artists from Beijing, Shanghai and New York that will include paintings, installations, video art, photography, and an artist-designed video game. This exhibition debuts at Wesleyan, and features works by Sun XunJin ShanMa QiushaLu YangBo WangPixy Liao, Liu ChuangShi ZhiyingGuo Xi, and Yan Xing. The exhibition is curated by Guest Curator Barbara Pollack.

Date: Tuesday, January 26th (Snow Date: January 27th)
Time: 4:30 PM
Place: Ezra and Cecile Zilkha Gallery, 283 Washington Terrace

And now for in-depth information about the exhibition sponsored by the CEAS:

Each of the ten artists in this exhibition were born in China after 1976, growing up with both the “One Child Policy” and the “Open Door Policy,” experiencing far greater opportunities and access to information about contemporary art movements than their predecessors.  Their artworks reflect a major shift in Chinese contemporary art away from identifiable icons and stereotypes of Chinese culture to more experimental approaches to the issue of Chinese identity.

The exhibition takes its name from WeChat, a Chinese messaging app with over 600 million users worldwide. With most of the artists living in China and a few living in the United States, WeChat is one of the few commonalities shared by all the artists in this exhibition.  By establishing a dialogue between these artists, the exhibition “We Chat” offers a new vision of Chinese identity, one that is more fluid, subtle, and more open to global influences.[…] Together, these artists represent a generation on the rise whose artworks will certainly command international attention in the near future.

Dates: Tuesday, January 26th through Sunday, February 28th
Hours: Tuesday through Sunday, noon to 5PM
Place: Main Gallery of the  Ezra and Cecile Zilkha Gallery