SAN FRANCISCO — This June, visitors to the Asian Art Museum will get a snapshot of some of China’s most exciting artists from the country’s booming contemporary art scene. The museum’s special summer exhibition “28 Chinese” offers glimpses of contemporary Chinese art through a group of 28 artists, ranging from those in the spotlight like Liu Wei, He Xiangyu, Huang Yong Ping and Xu Zhen to the internationally acclaimed Zhang Huan and Ai Weiwei. These artists have made a significant impact on the art world and expanded definitions of contemporary art in China. On view June 5 through Aug. 16 at the Asian Art Museum, the exhibition features 48 artworks, revealing powerful responses to China today, as well as perspectives and attitudes towards tradition.
By Elaine Dunn
The Tweed Museum of Art (TMA) at the University of Minnesota Duluth will feature the art of internationally celebrated watercolorist Cheng-Khee Chee from May 12 through Sept. 20, 2015. Forty watercolors painted by Chee from 1974 - 2014, including “Duluth Depot” of 1974, the first painting Chee exhibited with the American Watercolor Society, as well as the monumental “100 Koi” completed in late 2014, will be on display.
By Mary Warpeha, contributor
A seven-member delegation from Changsha, Hunan, visited their Sister City of St. Paul on Sept. 19 - 20. The delegation was from the Changsha Science and Technology Bureau, which administers 16 hi-tech development centers in the Changsha area. They were hosted by Dr. Jiangbo Yang, University of Minnesota, and Mary Warpeha of US-China Peoples Friendship Association of Minnesota.
A whirlwind itinerary included visits with Kathleen Motzenbecker, director of the Minnesota Trade Office; Louis Jambois, director of the St. Paul Port Authority; Nancy Homans, Political Affairs in the St. Paul Mayor’s Office; Dr. James McCarthy, Masonic Cancer Center; and Joan Brzezinski, director of the China Center at the University of Minnesota. There also was a festive autumn dinner at the home of Dr. Walter and Mary Warpeha.
The delegation also visited Phalen Regional Park where they viewed “Meditation,” a sculpture crafted by Changsha Master Sculptor, Lei Yixin and walked through the future site of the St. Paul-Changsha Friendship Garden.
Northfield, Minn.- On the very day the 2014 Winter Olympics were getting underway in Sochi, four members of the Carleton College Chinese Music Ensemble were awarded medals of their own at the 2014 Huain Cup International Chinese Instrument Competition at the Le Petit Trianon Theatre in sunny San Jose, California.