Embracing the Uncarved Wood
Relief Carvings from Shandong, China
January 30-April 12, 2009, Rothman Gallery
Embracing the Uncarved Wood is an exhibition of wood relief sculptures created by a group of young deaf-mute artists from Shandong, China, where the husband and wife team of artists, Zhou Ning and Xiao Yixia, instructed them. In 1998, Mr. Christopher Zhu, Former Assistant Director of the Shanghai Museum of Art and currently Director of Han Ying Art Consultants in Shanghai, discovered these artists and their work, which is firmly rooted in Chinese folk craft. Since that time, Mr. Zhu has assiduously championed their art and has curated exhibitions of the Shandong studio's productions in Shanghai, Santa Fe and Dallas. During the Summer of 2005, Professor Kent saw a large group of these sculptures while conducting research in Shanghai. Their beauty and sophisticated level of conception were remarkable for their fusion of traditional craft with modern abstraction. The sculptures vary in size from small panels to large-scale, mural-like pieces. Professor Kent and Mr. Zhu are co-curators of this beautiful work, which will be exhibited in the Dana Gallery of the Phillips Museum. A reception will be held at the Museum on February 12, 2009 at 4:30 p.m. when Christopher Zhu will be present to give a gallery talk, along with Richard Kent and Virginia Maksymowicz, who have visited the artists' collective in China and have written essays, which are featured in a catalog of the exhibition. Mr. Zhu's exhibition assistant, Lewen Xu, will speak about the installation of the exhibition through an interpreter. More discussion is planned for Friday, February, 13, when Christopher Zhu will lecture students. There will be a gorgeous hard-cover catalog for sale at the exhibition. Made possible by a generous grant from the E. Rhodes and Leona B. Carpenter Foundation and funding by the Provost's Office. News Article
Beautiful bi-lingual exhibition catalog in soft and hard bound is available for sale.
Reception and Gallery Talk: February 12, 2009, 4:30 p.m. Free/open to the general public
Friday, February 13, 2009, 3:00-4:30 p.m. Bonchek House Seminar Room. Lecture by Christopher Zhu, "Traditional Chinese Aesthetics: How Chinese Look at Art." Food and refreshments available prior to the event. Sponsored by the Bonchek House and International Studies. Open to F&M students, faculty and staff.