The Hidden Issues of Historical Perspectives in Chinese Contemporary Art (1972-1982)

Carol Yinghua Lu and artist Liu Ding have recently developed Salon, Salon: Contemporary Art Practices from 1972 to 1982 in Profile – A Beijing Perspective, a research project and exhibition that analyzes and critiques the historical narratives that shape Chinese contemporary art. In this lecture, Dr. Lu will reflect on this ongoing work to reclaim previously ignored narratives in Chinese art history. She recontextualizes these stories within unexplored historical factors and a larger context of Chinese national transformation. This work of reframing history generates much needed complexity as well as space to clarify the differences between American neoliberalism and Chinese art and culture.