The Katherine E. Nash Gallery is honored to present ENCOUNTERS: THE PAST RE-CONFIGURED an exhibition of paintings by Li Shuan and Liu Xuguang.  The exhibitions open on Sept. 8 and runs through Oct. 8, 2009.  A panel discussion with the featured artists: CONTEMPORARY ART IN CHINA will be held Thursday, Sept. 10, 7 p.m. at In-Flux Space, Regis Center for Art.  The moderator will be Wang Chunchen, curator and professor, Central Academy of Fine Art.  A public reception has been scheduled for Friday, Sept. 11, from 6-8:30 p.m.  All events at the Nash are free and open to the public. The Nash Gallery is located in the Regis Center for Art, 405 21st Avenue South, on the west bank campus of the University of Minnesota.  Gallery hours are Tuesday through Saturday, 11 a.m. - 7 p.m.  Parking is available in the 21st Avenue Ramp.

About the Artists
Liu Xuguang has been teaching at the Beijing Film Academy since 2004 where he is the course director for the New Media Lab in the Fine Art Department.  He is a 2004 graduate of Qinghua University where he received a Ph.D. in Fine Art. In 1996 he taught at Tokyo University of Art as a tutor at the Contemporary Art Studio.  He also studied abroad in Tokyo.we_9a_lui_and_li

(R) Lui Xuguang and (L) Li Shuan

Li Shuan graduated from the China Central Academy of Fine Arts where he studied painting.  He currently works for the Professor and Vice Dean of the Department of Painting at the Beijing Film Academy.  He also acts as a member of the Chinese Fine Arts Association and is a member of the Beijing Oil Painting Society.

Both artists have extensive and impressive exhibition records.  They have had exhibitions across Asia and have had some exposure in the West.

ENCOUNTERS: THE PAST RE-CONFIGURED is a part of the University of Minnesota's continuing development of collaborative exchange with the Beijing film Academy, and represents the interest both institutions have in broadening international outreach and cooperation in the creation of new educational opportunities for students. While in residence at the University, the artists will discuss their work, its connections to the history of Chinese art and aesthetic thought, and the ways in which they have been influenced by the Western tradition in art. Many contemporary Chinese artists are experiencing a newfound freedom of expression that allows the treatment of cultural history as subject matter and critique. These works function as a dialogue with a heretofore-closed historical narrative and provide subject matter for discussions on the culturally imbedded ideas of craftsmanship, narratives, and image content. University of Minnesota Professor Joseph Allen from the Department of Asian Languages and Literature will direct these discussions. Allen is a scholar whose research focuses on the use of history in the present, the images used to represent history, and the ways that visual arts are used historically as a tool in the creation of a cultural and national narrative.

ENCOUNTERS: THE PAST RE-CONFIGURED is sponsored by the University of Minnesota and the Beijing Film Academy as part of the ongoing program of scholarly, artistic and teaching exchanges.

The faculties of both institutions have contributed time and resources to the success of this project and are committed to building on the strengths of our respective programs.

Sponsored by the Consortium for the Study of the Asias, CLA Dean's Office, the Dept. of Asian Languages and Literatures.

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