MONDAY, OCTOBER 16, 2017
Public Lecture: "One Artist / Several Paths"
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
Reception to follow.
THURSDAY, OCTOBER 19, 2017
createDATE: Dancing in Color
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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WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 8, 2017
The Mural as a Subversive Act: Yuan
Yunsheng in Context
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,
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
createDATE: Art of the Brush
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
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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SUNDAY, DECEMBER 3, 2017
Last day of exhibitions
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