Above Ground - 40 Moments of Transformation
January 9-March 10
Lobby, Herman B Wells Library
"Above Ground" is a photographic exhibition organized by the Chinese feminist Lü Ping, who is currently a visiting scholar at Columbia University, and co-organized for the Bloomingotn campus by Jiling Duan, an IU Bloomington PhD doctoral student in Gender Studies. The selected photographs capture a wide range of performances staged by Young Feminist Activists in China since 2012.
The exhibition will be accompanied by lectures and a roundtable featuring both the original planners of the exhibition and IU Bloomington faculty from the Departments of East Asian Languages and Cultures, Anthropology, and Gender Studies.
Lecture: "Visual Representation of Gender and Class in Changing China"
Wang Zheng, Associate Professor of Women's Studies and History, University of Michigan
February 3, 12:00-1:15 pm, Global and International Studies Building, Room 2067
Analyzing visual representation of Chinese women in the popular media over a span of 60 years, this talk explores the concealed and erased history of socialist state feminist endeavors in socialist revolution and demonstrates drastic changes in gender norms and practices in the state’s embracing of global capitalism. Given the widespread notions about “CCP propaganda” or “Maoist gender discourse” that always assume an authorship of a faceless patriarchal Party state authority, this talk will bring feminist producers of gendered “propaganda” back to the historical process to highlight socialist feminist transformation of a patriarchal culture. Changes in visual representation signify changed power relations of gender and class, changed constitution of gender and class subjectivities, as well as changed nature of the state. The talk is based on Prof. Wang’s new book Finding Women in the State: A Socialist Feminist Revolution in the People’s Republic of China, 1949-1964 (UC Press, 2016), which presents the first investigation of high politics in the CCP from a gender perspective.
Roundtable: "Above the Ground: the Past, Present, and Future of Feminist Movements in China"
Featuring Wang Zheng, Lu Pin, and Sara L. Friedman
February 3, 4:00-5:00 pm, Herman B Wells Library
Wang Zheng is Professor of Women's Studies and History and Research Scientist at the Institute for Research on Women and Gender at University of Michigan. She is the author of Finding Women in the State: A Socialist Feminist Revolution in the People’s Republic of China, 1949-1964; Women in the Chinese Enlightenment: Oral and Textual Histories and the coeditor of From the Soil: The Foundations of Chinese Society; Translating Feminisms in China; and Some of Us: Chinese Women Growing Up in the Mao Era.
Lu Pin is a Chinese feminist organizer and visiting scholar at Columbia University. She has been working for women’s rights and promoting gender equality more than 20 years. In 2009 she established Feminist Voices, an alternative media agency to raise awareness and develop advocacy for anti-discrimination and violence against women, as well as to support young feminist activism around all China.
Sara L. Friedman is Associate Professor of Gender Studies and Anthropology at Indiana University Bloomington. She is the author of Exceptional States: Chinese Immigrants and Taiwanese Sovereignty; Intimate Politics: Marriage, the Market, and State Power in Southeastern China and the coeditor of Migrant Encounters: Intimate Labor, the State, and Mobility across Asia; and Wives, Husbands, and Lovers: Marriage and Sexuality in Hong Kong, Taiwan, and Urban China.
Chinese Cinema Remixed
January 29–April 1
IU Cinema will present 20 film programs linked to mainland China, Hong Kong, and Taiwan. Five renowned scholars will curate double-feature film programs that explore a ‘mash-up’ of themes—tradition versus modernity, old versus new, government- approved versus independent or underground—relevant to their areas of research. All films will be introduced by the visiting scholars, and public lectures about the pairings will be offered.
Films are free but ticketed. All screenings and ticket information are listed at IU Cinema's website.
There will also be partial retrospectives of visiting fifth- and sixth-generation Chinese film directors and the following film screenings and discussions:
- Popo Fan
Mama Rainbow, March 26, 6:30pm; Papa Rainbow, March 27, 7pm
Fan is an activist filmmaker and director of the Beijing Queer Film Festival, an underground film event that is pushing for LGBTQ equality in China.
- Bingbing and the Young Pioneers
April 1, 7pm
The Young Pioneers is a Little 500 bike team made up solely of Chinese students, founded in 2015 by Bingbing Zhao, then a junior at the IU Kelley School of Business. The Arts and Humanities Council helped commission the documentary film for the festival.
The opening of this series features two films from director Wang Tong and a lecture from Professor Guo-Juin Hong:
- Banana Paradise (1989), January 29, 6:30pm
- Guo-Juin Hong Lecture: Dire Straits: Historiographies of Home in Wang Tong’s Cinema, January 30, 3pm, GSIB 1060
- Where the Wind Settles (2015), January 30, 7pm
Guo-Juin Hong is an associate professor of Asian and Middle Eastern studies at Duke University. He specializes in film historiography, film theory, sound studies, post-colonial theory and theories of culture and globalization, and film and other media of Taiwan, Hong Kong, and China.
Additional Scholars Visits:
- Evans Chan, Hong Kong: critic, scholar, and filmmaker—February 19-22, 2017
- Chris Berry, King’s College, London—February 25-28, 2017
Born in China and raised in Hong Kong, Evans Yiu Shing Chan is a critic, dramatist, and award-winning film director. Chan has been compared to the avant-garde filmmaker Chris Marker, “the most intellectual of the current crop of Hong Kong directors,” wrote Barry Long in Hong Kong Babylon. He is also a program consultant to New York’s Downtown Pace Arts Centre, a veteran cultural critic, and former advisor to the Hong Kong International Film Festival. Chan has written for the Indian-based film journal Cinemaya and The Hong Kong Standard, where he was the staff film critic from 1981 to 1984. Since 1984, Chan has divided his time between New York and Hong Kong.
Chris Berry is a professor of film studies at King’s College in London. His research interests include Chinese and East Asian cinema and screen cultures; gender, sexuality and cinema; documentary film; and theories of national and transnational cinema. He co-edits two book series for Hong Kong University Press—TransAsian Screen Cultures and Queer Asia— and has been interviewed widely on Chinese and Asian cinema and screen cultures by The New York Times, BBC, The Korea Times, NHK Japan, and others.
Tendrils of Design: Chinese Arts Past and Present
January 20–April 28
Eskenazi Museum of Art
This thematic tour will focus on recurring symbols in Chinese arts over time and provide a context for the work of visiting contemporary artist Beili Liu.
China Remixed Public Video Art Exhibition
February 1-March 10
Multiple sites across campus
This video art exhibition is an international video art exchange of Chinese video art from Hong Kong, Taiwan, mainland China, and beyond. Curated by Isaac Lueng anmd featuring work by the IU Bloomington School of Art+Design’s Arthur Liou, this IU-only exhibition is inspired by Leung’s collaborative production of “Both Sides Now,” a dialogic exhibition of video art from Hong Kong, the United Kingdom, and the People's Republic of China.
Learn more about these exhibits at this link: https://chinaremixedvideoart.indiana.edu/index.html
Feb. 1 - 14 features Jawshing Arthur Liou's Kora running continuously at the IMU hotel lobby.
Feb. 15 - Mar. 10 features exhibits running in the Franklin Hall Commons Monday through Friday from 12 to 1:30pm, the IMU Starbucks continuously, and the Scholars Commons Sunday - Thursday from 5:30 to 8pm.
* Curatorial Talk, February 15, 6pm, GISB GA0001: Isaac Leung: "Remixing China Through Video Art"
February 24–March 9*
Grunwald Gallery of Art
Liu is a visual artist and associate professor of art at the University of Texas at Austin. Her work has been exhibited in Asia, Europe, and across the United States in solo and group exhibitions.
Liu will present the installation "After All / Mending the Sky" at the Grunwald Gallery of Art.
* Artist’s talk, February 22, 5:30 p.m., Fine Arts 015
* Opening reception, February 24, 6:00-8:00 p.m., Grunwald Gallery
A Step in Time Across the Line: Recent Works by Chee Wang Ng
March 11–May 8*
IU Eskenazi Museum of Art
What does it mean to be Chinese in today’s diverse global society? Through multimedia works of photography, sculpture, video, and installation, Chee Wang Ng asks this question and explores the possibilities with image rich tableaux of artifacts that range from documentary material to kitsch. With the rise of Chinese engagement with the world-at-large, Chee Wang Ng’s work re-contextualizes not only traditional Chinese cultural imagery, but also modern constructions of race, identity and stereotyping viewed through the lens of history.
* Artist's talk, April 5, 6pm
798 Art Zone Exhibition
April 6-December 15
Mathers Museum of World Cultures
Just after the turn of the 21st century, artists and cultural entrepreneurs began colonizing a former military factory complex in northeast Beijing. Taking its name from that numbered factory, the 798 Art Zone is an urban arts colony that now attracts visitors from around China and the world. This visual tour introduces the district and offers a glimpse of a compelling place that is both visually saturated and reflective of the state of contemporary arts and society in present-day China.
* Opening reception, April 6, 7–8:30pm
Quilts of Southwest China
January 21–May 7
Mathers Museum of World Cultures
In southwest China, traditional bed coverings and other household items have often been made, like American quilts, of small pieces of fabric that are patched and appliquéd together to form artistic, functional textiles. A bi-national consortium of American and Chinese museums, including the Mathers Museum of World Cultures, has conducted research on this important element of intangible and tangible cultural heritage. This groundbreaking exhibition provides American audiences with a glimpse into the historical and contemporary practice of this Chinese textile art and into the lives of the artists and communities who cherish it.
* Opening reception, January 21, 2–4pm