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Zhang Hongtu: Expanding Visions of a Shrinking World book launch and panel at Queens Museum of Art




Zhang Hongtu: Expanding Visions of a Shrinking World
Book Launch and Panel Discussion

Zhang Hongtu: Expanding Visions of a Shrinking World is edited  by Luchia Meihua Lee, guest curator of Zhang Hongtu, and Jerome Silbergeld. Twelve leading art experts, art historians, and critics have reviewed the life, career, and artistic development of New York based Chinese artist Zhang Hongtu. Please join us for a conversation about the book and exhibition with Jerome Silbergeld and contributors Eugenie Tsai and Lilly Wei.

A pioneer in contemporary Chinese art, Zhang created the first example of “China Pop” art, and his oeuvre is as diverse, intellectually complex, and engaging as it is entertaining. From painting and sculpture to computer generated works and multimedia projects, Zhang’s art is equally rich in terms of China’s history and its current events, containing profound reflections on China’s oldest cultural habits and contemporary preoccupations. He provides a model of cross-cultural interaction designed to make Asian and Western audiences look more closely at each other and at themselves to recognize the beliefs they hold and the unexamined values they adhere to.

From his early work in China during the Cultural Revolution to his decades as an artist in New York, Zhang reflects the complex attitudes of a scholar-artist toward modernity, as well as toward Asian and Western societies and himself.  Placing Zhang in the context of his cultural milieu both in China and in the Chinese immigrant artist community in America, this volume’s contributors examine his adaptations of classic art to reflect a contemporary sensibility, his relation to Cubism and Social Realism, his collaboration with the celebrated fashion designer Vivienne Tam, and his visual critique of China’s current environmental crisis.

Jerome Silbergeld is the P. Y. and Kinmay W. Tang Professor of Chinese Art History at Princeton University and director of Princeton’s Tang Center for East Asian Art. A specialist in Song-Yuan period painting, he has published more than eighty books, catalogues, articles, and book chapters on topics in traditional and contemporary Chinese painting, traditional architecture and gardens, cinema and photography. He has also curated and co-curated eight exhibitions, including the first major solo exhibition in America by a Chinese artist, in 1988. His books on cinema and photography include China Into Film, Hitchcock with a Chinese Face, and Humanism in China. On contemporary art, his books includeContradictions: Artistic Life, the Socialist State, and the Chinese Painter Li Huasheng, the first extensive study of any PRC artist, which became a New York Times notable book of the year in 1993; Outside In, on the globalization and loss of “Chineseness” of Chinese art; and ARTiculations: Undefining Chinese Contemporary Art.

Eugenie Tsai has been John and Barbara Vogelstein Curator of Contemporary Art at the Brooklyn Museum since 2007. Previously she was Director of Curatorial Affairs at P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center in Queens, New York. Prior to Joining P.S.1 in 2005, she was an independent curator with projects for the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; the Berkeley Museum; and the Princeton University Art Museum. She held several positions at the Whitney Museum of American Art prior to becoming Associate Director for Curatorial Affairs. Among the exhibitions and installations she has organized are the mid-career survey Threshold: Byron Kim, 1990-2004Robert Smithson, which received the International Association of Art Critics’ first place award for the best monographic exhibition of 2005; and for Princeton University, Shuffling the Deck: The Collection Reconsidered. Dr. Tsai received a B.A. from Carleton College in Northfield, Minnesota, and a Ph.D. from Columbia University

Lilly Wei is a New York-based independent curator and critic whose focus is global contemporary art. She has written regularly for Art in America since 1984 and is a contributing editor at ARTnews and  formerly one at Art Asia Pacific.  Among other national and international publications, Wei has also written for Art & Australia, Asian Art News, Sanat Dünyamiz, Art Papers, Sculpture Magazine, Studio International, Tema Celeste, Flash Art, Art Press, and Art and Auction, and has frequently reported on international biennials such as those of Venice, Sydney, Cairo, Athens, Reykjavik, Shenzhen and Hong Kong and international exhibitions such as Documenta and Sonsbeek, the sculpture international in the Netherlands.  She has been the author of many exhibition catalogues and brochures on contemporary art, including publications for the Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, NY; the Neuberger Museum of Art, Purchase, NY; the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Knoedler, Marlborough and Pace Galleries, New York, NY. She has curated numerous exhibitions in the United States, Europe and Asia. Two of her most recent exhibitions were “The Museum Imagined” at Danese/Corey, New York, NY, and “Uncanny/Figure” at Dorsky Gallery Curatorial Programs.  Wei lectures on critical and curatorial practices and serves on numerous advisory committees and review panels.  She was born in Chengdu, China and has an MA in art history from Columbia University, New York.

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Asian American Arts Alliance Alliance Portfolio In Practice



Saturday, June 21

1pm – 5pm

New York Foundation for the Arts

20 Jay Street, 7th Floor

Brooklyn, NY 11201


Register Now!




The Asian American Arts Alliance’s  Portfolio In Practice is an exchange between emerging Asian American visual artists and high-profile institutions in New York interested in engaging upcoming talent. Five different panelists represent five opportunities for valuable exposure, professional development, and grants to support projects.

The event opens with a guided discussion on best practices for application submissions with our panelists. All interested artists must register via Eventbrite. Artists can purchase up to 3 tickets for twenty minute one-on-one sessions with their selected panelists.

Artists who register for a portfolio review session should come prepared with questions regarding an application and/or a portfolio in progress tailored to that open call so they may receive additional insight and feedback in a more intimate setting.


This cycle of Alliance Porfolio in Practice includes:

Garbriel de Guzman, Curator of Visual Arts @ Wave Hill

The Van Lier Visual Artist Fellowship is for contemporary artists who explore the dynamic relationship between nature, culture and site.

  • Studio space during the Winter Workspace Program
  • Solo show in the Sunroom Project Space
  • Valuable mentorship and exhibition opportunities


Molly MacFadden, Manager of Teen, Family and Engagement Programs @ Museum of Art and Design

The Artist Studio is an education program for experienced artists — particularly those with teaching experience — interested in engaging with the public about their work and process through demonstration.

  • Paid, temporary adjunct and part-time, 4 month program
  • Work displayed in the museum’s 6th floor vitrines
  • Bio and two images of work featured on MAD’s website


Sarah Nicholls, Programs & Marketing Manager @ The Center for Book Arts

The Artist-in-Residence Workspace Grant for New York Emerging Artists is a yearlong program to promote experimentation in book arts, thus artists from all disciplinary backgrounds are encouraged to apply.

  • Stipend and materials budget
  • 24 hour access to the Center’s printing and binding facilities
  • $3,000-$5,000 tuition waiver for courses throughout the year

Roddy Schrock, Director of Programs & Residencies @ Eyebeam

The Eyebeam on the Move Residency supports technology-based projects that incorporate collaborative forms of architectural practice, urban presentation, policy engagement and other forms of meaningful community dialog.

  • 5-month residency with stipend in support of project realization
  • Shared design, research, and fabrication labs
  • Partnerships with appropriate neighborhood organizations
Lia Zaaloff, Curator @ Bronx Museum of the Arts

The Artist in the Marketplace (AIM) provides professional development opportunities to emerging artists through a 13-week seminar that addresses practical concerns and cultivates networking opportunities.

  • 13-week seminar that addresses practical concerns, and cultivates networking opportunities.  Topics covered include: Community, Grant Writing, Writing Workshop, Copyright, Contracts, Art Market, Studio Visit, Art Criticism, and Marketing.
  • Introduces the work to a greater audience via exhibition and catalogue


Available slots are open on a first come, first served basis.

Early application is encouraged due to extremely limited slots.



This is a rare opportunity to receive feedback on your application directly from someone on the application review committee. The review session is an informal interview for a program you wish to apply to now or in the future.


Ways to maximize your review session include:


  • Present your work in the context of the open call, including the language used in explaining your work
  • Present the images/works you are considering to use for the application, as well as options for discussion
  • Research the organization and make sure your work is relevant to their mission
  • Read the application guidelines and FAQ carefully to get a sense of what the organization wishes to achieve by offering the program
  • Ask questions



  • Try not to ask questions already addressed on the organization’s website or covered during the panel discussion
  • No excuses; be thoughtful about what you present
  • Refrain from arguing with constructive criticism; take notes instead


Brainstorm! is made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature. This program is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, in partnership with the City Council. Additional support is provided by the National Endowment for the Arts, the Metropolitan Life Foundation, Con Edison, Bloomberg Philanthropies, and the CJ Huang Foundation. This organization has received funding from the 2012 JPMorgan Chase Regrant Program, administered by Brooklyn Arts Council (BAC).


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