Chinese art symposium set for Nov. 2-5


Chinese art symposium set for Nov. 2-5 at LSU

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 1, 1999

News Contact: Kelli L. Bozeman
LSU News Service
225 388-3869
kbozeman@lsu.edu

BATON ROUGE -- According to an ancient Chinese proverb, a person "borrows a boulder from another mountain" to compensate for his own weakness. For one group of 20th-century Chinese artists, Western art was the boulder borrowed to shape and strengthen their work.

In what is believed to be the nation's first event to comprehensively examine the cross-cultural influences of these Eastern artists, LSU will host "A Symposium on 20th Century Chinese Art: Boulder from Another Mountain" Nov. 2-5.

The symposium, which is free and open to the public, will showcase the art of the second generation of Chinese artists to be influenced by Western art traditions and training. Chinese painters, sculptors, ceramicists and other artists from around the world will take part in the event, along with an American artist whose work has taken astonishing turns because of the influence of Chinese art on his own style.

Highlights of the symposium will include three evening panel discussions on aspects of Chinese art, all held in the LSU Design Building Auditorium.

Chinese departments of Western art will be the focus of a discussion at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 3. The discussion will feature woodblock printer and painter Yang Xianrang, painter Zhang Pingliang, artist Wang Wei Li and Miami University of Ohio art history professor Ann Wicks, speaking on behalf of painter Ting Shao Kuang.

A discussion of artists with cross-cultural influences will take place at 6 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 4. Painters Wan Ding and Ni Ma Ze Ren and violinist Xu Ke will take part in the discussion.

The symposium's closing panel discussion, with an emphasis on the effect of Chinese art on contemporary American art, will take place at 6 p.m. Friday, Nov. 5, featuring ceramicists Zhou Dingfang and Richard Notkin.

Other events and exhibitions scheduled as part of the symposium include:

- Symposium opening reception: 6 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 2, LSU Museum of Art. Featuring a first look at an exhibition of the works of painter Ni Ma Ze Ren with music by harpist Laura Sherman, assistant professor in the LSU School of Music.

- Welcome concert: 8 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 2, LSU School of Music Recital Hall. Featuring musician Xu Ke on the erhu, or Chinese violin. Addresses by LSU College of Design Dean Christos Saccopoulos, LSU College of Music and Dramatic Arts Dean Ronald Ross and LSU Museum of Art coordinator Nadine Carter Russell, speaking on behalf of the Paula G. Manship Lecture Series in the College of Design.

- Paintings by Ni Ma Ze Ren: Exhibition at the LSU Museum of Art, Nov. 2-30. Gallery talk set for 3:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 4, at the museum. Museum hours: 9 a.m.-4 p.m. weekdays, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, 1-4 p.m. Sunday.

- Yixing pottery workshop: 9 a.m.-noon Nov. 3-5, and 2-5 p.m. Nov. 5, Room 154 of the LSU Ceramics Building. Featuring ceramicists Zhou Dingfang and Richard Notkin.

- Works of Yang Xianrang, Zhang Pingliang and Wang Wei Li: Exhibit at the LSU School of Art Gallery at Foster Hall, Oct. 17- Nov. 5. Gallery talk set for 2 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 3, at the gallery. Gallery hours 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday-Friday.

- Paintings of Wan Ding: Exhibition in the LSU Landscape Architecture Gallery (Gallery 307) in the Design Building, Oct. 19- Nov. 6. Gallery talk set for 2 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 4, at the gallery. Gallery hours Monday-Friday 11 a.m.-4 p.m.

- Pottery and sculpture of Zhou Dingfang and Richard Notkin: Exhibition in Room 154 of the LSU Ceramics Building, Nov. 2-30. Exhibition hours 9 a.m.-noon Wednesday-Thursday, 10 a.m.-noon Friday.

- Paintings of Ting Shao Kuang: Exhibition at the LSU Museum of Art, Dec. 2-16. Museum hours: 9 a.m.-4 p.m. weekdays, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, 1-4 p.m. Sunday.

The symposium is sponsored by LSU's Museum of Art, College of Design and College of Music and Dramatic Arts, with the Paula G. Manship Lecture Series in the College of Design.

For more information, call (225) 388-5411.
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