New Web Module on Modern & Contemporary Chinese Art
I’d like to introduce our newest web module: Modern & Contemporary Chinese Art. The module features 27 modern and contemporary Chinese artworks, displayed in the 2009 exhibition I curated, Tradition and Transition: Recent Chinese Art from the Collection. I had two stellar interns for the exhibition: Rong Zhao, Graduate Student in the History of Art, Class of 2010, and Patrick Rhine, Class of 2010. Rong and Pat researched the artists, translated inscriptions, and even wrote some of the wall labels for the show.
Everything came together serendipitously for the web module. A renowned scholar on contemporary Chinese art, Gao Shiming, was just down the street as a Clark Fellow this fall. He compiled his research into detailed reports in Chinese on each artist. Two Williams students, Jared Hallett, Class of 2014, and Donald Maruyama, Class of 2012, then translated the texts into English, working with Professor Li Yu and Gao Shiming. The artworks were photographed by Pivot Media as part of an IMLS digitization, giving us amazing high-res images.
These artworks continue to be used for teaching in the Rose Study Gallery, our object-study classroom, for Williams courses such as Chinese painting, Chinese calligraphy, modern Chinese history, creating games, and understanding art for non-art majors. We hope to open them up to even wider scholarship through the web module.
Coordinator of Mellon Academic Programs
Williams College Museum of Art
Installation view of the exhibition, Tradition and Transition: Recent Chinese Art from the Collection by Arthur Evans.
Screen shot of the Modern and Contemporary Chinese Art web module.