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January 12, 2011 / Claremont Art Events

China: Insights at Pomona College Museum of Art on January 22, 2011

If I could travel anywhere right now, I would go to Beijing. The art scene is similarly obsessed with China and the Claremont art scene is no exception.

Pomona College Museum of Art announces China: Insights opening reception on January 22, 2011 from 5:00 to 7:00:

“China: Insights presents a cross-section of contemporary documentary work from mainland China, exploring the transition from the rural/agrarian environment to the urban/industrial setting in the Peoples Republic of China. Seven documentary photographers—Chen Yuan Zhong, Hua Er, Jia Yu Chuan, Li Nan, Yang Yan Kang, Yu Haibo, and Zhang Xinmin—record the tensions engendered by rapid change and persistent tradition in a dynamic China. Themes include rural Catholicism, matrilineal culture in an agrarian setting, the population shift from country to city, prostitution, gender and identity, typologies of urban citizenry, and the emergence of a thriving pop music/club scene as an index of internationalization. Collectively, these photographers have numerous publications, exhibitions, and awards to their credit, but little of their work has appeared outside of China. This touring exhibition is the first presentation of their work in the United States. The exhibition is curated by noted writer and critic A.D. Colman and Gu Zheng of the Dept. of Visual Culture, Fudan University, Shanghai; it is a project of the Foundation for the Exhibition of Photography, in collaboration with Flying Dragon Cultural Enterprises.”

We recommend you go to Pomona College to see this exhibition and then do something totally crazy the next weekend; leave Claremont and go into Los Angeles to see the Chinese photography exhibition at the J. Paul Getty Museum. The Getty has just purchased works by contemporary Chinese photographers that are on display until April 24, 2011. (I just wish they’d bought something from one of my favorite Chinese artists, Cao Fei, but with this wealth of Chinese art, you won’t hear me complaining.) You will be better informed to enjoy the Getty photographs because of your experience at Pomona.

By the way, did you notice that the date of the Pomona opening is the same as the date of the Tim Berg opening at Scripps? One starts at 5:00 and one at 6:00. I think this means two events within walking distance in one night? See you there.

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