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Fall 2017

October | November | December


OCTOBER 2017

MONDAY, OCTOBER 16, 2017
Public Lecture: "One Artist / Several Paths"
4:30-6:00pm
Alumnae Lounge

Knaster Artist-in-Residence Wen-ti Tsen discusses the role of public art in the politics of immigration in contemporary society, and discusses the different ways that his art and art practices communicate immigrant experiences.

His visit is made possible by the Martha and Nat R. Knaster Charitable Trust, the Center for the Humanities at Tufts, and the Consortium of Studies in Race, Colonialism, and Diaspora.

Reception to follow.

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 19, 2017
Third Thursday createDATE: Dancing in Color
6:30-8:00pm

Wuzee (wu zi, a dancer's aura and energy), Tufts' only Chinese fusion dance team, will co-host this kinesthetic createDATE. Through performance of Chinese dance, Wuzee strives to spread the appreciation of Chinese culture to the Tufts community. Yuan Yunsheng's mural, Ancient Chinese Tales—Blue + Red + Yellow = White?combines a modern narrative with elements from folklores and mythology. Similarly, Wuzee combines a variety of traditional dance styles with contemporary elements. Wuzee will showcase a folk dance, followed by a traditional sleeve dance teach-in (participation is optional, but encouraged). Prepare for a colorful feast for the eyes.

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NOVEMBER 2017

WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 8, 2017
The Mural as a Subversive Act: Yuan Yunsheng in Context
4:30-6:00pm

An interdisciplinary conversation about the complexity of Yuan Yunsheng's Two Ancient Chinese Tales—Blue + Red + Yellow = White?. Currently on view at Tufts University Art Gallery, the epic mural cycle reinterprets ancient Chinese fables and traditional stories to reflect modern historical narratives. The panelists will contextualize the mural within the political and cultural climate in China under Mao Zedong, and situate the work within a greater tradition of public murals as a form of activism.

Panelist include: Ethan Murrow, Professor of the Practice Graduate, Painting and Drawing Departments, SMFA at Tufts University, Michael Beckley, Assistant Professor in the Political Science Department, a fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School's Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, and a consultant for the Office of Net Assessment at the U.S. Department of Defense, Nancy Berliner, Wu Tung Curator of Chinese Art, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Ethan Cohen, Ethan Cohen Fine Arts, New York.

Moderated by Julia Murray, Professor Emerita of Art History, East Asian Studies, and Religious Studies, University of Wisconsin; and Associate in Research, Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies, Harvard University.

Refreshments to follow.

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 16, 2017
Third Thursday createDATE: Art of the Brush
5:00-7:00pm

The Confucius Institute at Tufts University (CITU) is a non-profit educational collaboration between Tufts and Beijing Normal University. Its goal is to facilitate academic exchanges between the two institutions, and to provide service and support in Chinese language instruction and Chinese culture programming.

Chinese calligraphy has been an important part of Chinese culture, dating back to 4,000 BCE. At this createDATE, co-hosted by CITU, you will learn about the history of Chinese calligraphy, witness masters at work, and try your hand at one of the oldest art forms in the world.

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DECEMBER 2017

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 3, 2017
Last day of exhibitions

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