Dialogues: East and West, A Contemporary Art Forum

Shanghai William Chinese Art Foundation Distinguished Visiting Artist Series

November 8-10, 2021

Hosted By Center for Chinese Art in cooperation with the Art Department and the College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences of William Paterson University

Monday, November 8, 2021

Ben Shahn B20
Host: Professor Leslie Nobler
Professor Zhiyuan Cong

The Impact of Technological art Trends

Liqin Tan: Professor and co-director of the art program at Rutgers University-Camden Tan has served as a core board member of the Digital Art Committee and as a juror for the digital art gallery at SIGGRAPH. He was also one of the activists during the ‘85 art trend of China. Since transferring to the field of digital art, he has pioneered the "Digital-Primitive” concepts, which have won great acclaim and a number of awards from both American and international art scenes. His artwork has been exhibited nationally and internationally in both solo and group shows. Recently, his research has focus on “Singularity Art” which explores how such singularity technology would impact on the future art.

The Digital World of 3D

Snow Yunxue Fu: Assistant Professor in Photography and Imaging, Tisch School of the Arts, NYU Fu’s artwork has been shown internationally in solo shows, group exhibitions, screenings and festivals including Ars Electronica, Austria; Venice Architecture Biennale, Venice, Italy; Arebyte Gallery, London, UK; Current Museum of Art, New York, Thoma Art House, Santa Fe; Currents Santa Fe New Media Art Festival, New Mexico, etc. Her interviews and reviews have been covered in The New York Times, the Boston Globe, Arebyte on Screen, Sedition, the St. Louis Magazine Art Review, and Guangzhou Today’s Focus in China.

Tuesday, November 9, 2021

Power Art Gallery at WPUNJ
25 Power Avenue, Wayne, NJ 07470
Host:Professors Morgan Lawson
Professor Frank, Rachel

Iterative of Contemporary Art in China

Yifei Gan: Professor and Curator, Art at Howard Community College, Maryland Gan earned his MFA in 1989 from Southwest China Normal University, as well studied as a PhD student at University of Tennessee Knoxville, where he earned his MS in Education. He severed as a board member in 1995-1998 for Arts Council of Howard County Maryland, and a contribute writer since 1998 for numerous art magazines such as Art Today, Art Watch, Art Collection, etc. His major exhibitions and awards include “Solo Show” at the Museum of Fine Arts of Oak Ridge, TN 1991, “Artist in Education Award” in VA 1992, and "PERCORSO-Chinese Contemporary Art Exhibition in Spoletto, Italy 2010. He curated "Mind’s Eye Open" Chinese Contemporary Art Invitational, and "The Body and Beyond" Chinese Contemporary Art Exhibition International Tour, Oslo City Hall Gallery, Norway 2014, etc.

Inside out and Outside in: Chinese Contemporary Art

Xiaoxia Song, Professor, Critic and Curator, China Central Academy of Fine Arts (CAFA) Song is Professor of Contemporary Art History, Theory and Criticism at CAFA in Beijing. She earned her PhD in 20th century Chinese art history from CAFA in 2008, and MA in Chinese classical poetry from Peking University in 1988. Her curatorial projects include Liu Xiaodong:1990-2000 (2000), Zao Xing: Exhibiting Contemporary Art Works in CAFA (2010), both at the CAFA Art Museum, Beijing, and the First & Second CAFA teacher’s work annual exhibition entitled JIE LI (2016,2017) at the National Art Museum of China,Beijing. She is also the author and editor of several books, including Consciousness and Chinese Modernity (Oxford University Press, Hong Kong, 2006), and Thirty Years of the Arts and Humanities at the Central Academy of Fine Arts (Hunan Fine Arts Publishing House, 2008). Her recent publications include CAFA Academic Series (Volume 1-5) (Hebei Publishing House, 2021).

Wednesday, November 10, 2021

WP Library auditorium
Host: Professor Leslie Nobler
Professor Zhiyuan Cong

Dialogues: East and West
A Contemporary Art Forum

Eastern and Western arts are the spiritual wealth of mankind. We don’t just ask questions, but rather pay close attention to the trends and developments of Eastern and Western contemporary art. This symposium invites several renowned scholars, artists, and professors from the Eastern US, who have traveled between China and the US to take note of and participate in the art worlds of the East and the West, especially the development and future of contemporary art. These lectures and this symposium will introduce the works of contemporary artists from the East who have exhibited in New York‘s museums in recent years, introduce the status quo and development of contemporary Chinese art, discuss the trends and future of modern technology and art, and further help our students and listeners to understand these aspects and think about contemporary art from all directions.

Faculty co-organized: Professor James Blasi
Professor Eillen Foti

Host: Dr. Wartyna Davis, Dean of the College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences, WPUNJ
Professor Zhiyuan Cong, Director of the Center for Chinese Art at WPUNJ

Speech: Dr. Joshua B. Powers, Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs WPUNJ

Keynote speakers:

Contemporary Asian Art exhibitions in the Museums in New York
Rubin Chen, a former art history professor in Guangzhou Academy of Fine Arts, now the China Press art columnist in NYC, and weibo blog “New York Art Watch” writer with over 180,000 followers.

The Problem of “Chinese Contemporary Art”
Xiaoxia Song, Professor, Critic and Curator, China Central Academy of Fine Arts, Beijing

The featured speakers:

Daryl Joseph Moore, Professor of Art and Design, Interim Chair of the Art, WPUNJ
Yifei Gan: Professor and Curator, Howard Community College, Maryland
Snow Yunxue Fu: Assistant Professor, Tisch School of the Arts, NYU
Chung-Fan Chang, Associate Professor, School of Arts and Humanities, Stockton University, NJ
Zhiyuan Cong, Professor and Director, CCART

For details about the exhibition, please check the Center for Chinese Art at William Paterson’s website at wpunj.edu/ccart, email ccart@wpunj.edu or phone:(973)720-2799.