October 7, 2019

THE CHINA SOCIETY OF SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA meeting: “The Allure of Matter: Material Art from China”

THE CHINA SOCIETY OF SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA ended the 2018-2019 season with a program in June, featuring Lisa See on her latest book, The Island of Sea Women. It was attended by 110 people. We will start the 2019-2020 season with a program by Stephen Little, Head of the Chinese and Korean Art Department, Los Angeles County Museum of Art. It will be on Monday, October 7, at the Golden Dragon Restaurant. See description of program below. RSVP by texting Yvonne 310-779-8908 or call her at home, 310-454-3621.

Stephen Little, Ph.D., will talk about The Allure of Matter: Material Art from China, currently on display at LACMA. This exhibition brings together works from the past four decades in which conscious material choice has become a symbol of the artists’ expression. Works by twenty one Chinese contemporary artists today are featured, including Xu Bing, Cai Guo-Qiang, Lin Tianmiao, and Ai Weiwei. Each artwork focuses on one material, natural and man-made, such as metal nails, cigarettes, roof tiles, human hair and porcelain.
Thirty-five artworks using these non-traditional materials take the form of painting, sculpture, installation and performance.

The exhibition’s curators are Wu Hung, Smart Museum Adjunct Curator, Harrie A. Vanderstappen Distinguished Service Professor of Art History, and Director of the Center for the Art of East Asia at the University of Chicago, and Orianna Cacchione, Smart Museum Curator of Global Contemporary Art.

Social hour—6:00 P.M., Dinner – 6:30 P.M.

$25 general admission, pay at the door, cash or check payable to China Society

Golden Dragon Restaurant

960 N. Broadway, Los Angeles, CA 90012


Future programs:

November 4, Yan Zhang will show and tell how Li brocade textile is made.

December 2, speaker is Russell Low, author of the Three Coins: A Young Girls Story of Kidnapping, Slavery, and Romance in 19th Century America, a new book based upon a true story that touches on the themes of human trafficking, immigration, cultural and racial discrimination, violence, and romance that are as relevant today as they were 140 years ago.




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