The Galleries at Florida Gulf Coast University opens “Shidai Jingshen: The Spirit of the Epoch of the Chinese Avant-Garde” with an opening reception with the artists from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 17 in the FGCU Arts Complex, art gallery. Guest art faculty curator Megan McShane delivers a Gallery Talk at 4 p.m. The show runs through March 17.
Artists include Gao Shiqiang, Guan Huaibin, Huang Xiaopeng, Xiao Lu, and Zheng Bo.
This exhibit explores the meaning of modernity in the Chinese context and demonstrates the thriving experiments at the foreground of historical importance in China. The exhibit also explores both the power of the academy in forming modern Chinese art through student-teacher relationships, and deals with the uniqueness of the Chinese context for contemporary artistic production. Additionally, artists who are looking at global culture from the Chinese perspective, reveal an interesting mirror that is held up to America.
“When art historians speak about Chinese contemporary art, the word ‘contemporary’ refers to the past three decades of new artistic production, the years since the end of the Cultural Revolution in 1976. In the indigenous Chinese context, this ‘spirit of an epoch’ has often been regarded as the equivalent of modernity (xiandaixing) in the narrative of modern Chinese history,” said associate professor in the Dept. of Visual & Performing Arts, Megan C. McShane, guest faculty curator of the show.
Each of the artists included in this show represents a special point of view on modernity in the Chinese context. All of the artists are famous for their inter-media work and their ties to important art academies in China. They will be working as artists in residence at FGCU for ten days in February, lecturing and working with the community, including a special session at the FGCU Naples Center on Monday February 21, 2011 from 11:00-12:30. There will also be a book signing of Xiao Lu’s poignant recent memoir, Dialogue, issued by the University of Hong Kong Press, recently covered in the New York Times arts section.
The Art Gallery is located inside the Arts Complex on FGCU’s main campus. The University is located off Ben Hill Griffin Parkway, east of I-75 between exits 123 and 128. Parking is available in Lot 7 for gallery visitors; parking passes are available at the parking kiosk located at the University’s entrance.
For further information on this exhibition and others, contact Anica Sturdivant at (239) 590-7199. To enroll for the February 21st lecture at the FGCU Naples Center, 1010 Fifth Ave. South, Naples, FL 34102 call (239)434-4737.