Between Past and Future: New Photography and Video from China offered the first comprehensive look at innovative photo and video art produced in China since the mid-1990s. The exhibition featured 130 works by 60 Chinese artists, many of whom were exhibiting in this country for the first time. Their works, often ambitious in scale and experimental in nature, presented a range of highly individual responses to the unprecedented changes taking place in China’s economy, society and culture. In addition to introducing a remarkable body of work to American audiences, the exhibition also provided insight into the dynamics of Chinese culture at the start of the 21st century.
The exhibition was curated by Wu Hung, professor of art history at the University of Chicago and consulting curator at the Smart Museum, and Christopher Phillips, curator at the International Center of Photography.
The exhibition won second place in the International Association of Art Critics/USA’s 2003-2004 AICA Awards, in the category of “best thematic museum show in New York City.” It traveled to museums in New York, Chicago, Seattle, London and Berlin.
Between Past and Future: New Photography and Video from China was organized by the International Center for Photography, New York, and the David and Alfred Smart Museum of Art, University of Chicago, in collaboration with the Asia Society, New York, and the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago.
The exhibition was supported in part by the Smart Family Foundation, National Endowment for the Arts, the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, E. Rhodes and Leona B. Carpenter Foundation, the Henry Luce Foundation, W.L.S. Spencer Foundation, Jeffrey A. and Marjorie G. Rosen, Marilynn Alsdorf, American Center Foundation, the Elizabeth F. Cheney Foundation, Fred and Stephanie Shuman, Artur Walther, the Blakemore Foundation, Helen and Sam Zell, Salvatore Ferragamo Italia S.P.A., Richard and Mary L. Gray, Rosenkranz Charitable Foundation, Illinois Humanities Council, Virginia W. Kettering Fund of the Dayton Foundation, the Shelley & Donald Rubin Foundation, Inc., Dorie Sternberg, Sarina Tang, Mrs. Catherine G. Curran, Joy of Giving Something, Inc., Jennifer McSweeney and Peter Reuss, and Jeanne Greenberg Rohatyn. Cultural Media Sponsor, Museums Magazines.
At the Nasher Museum, this exhibition and its related programs received support from the Mary Duke Biddle Foundation, the North Carolina Arts Council, an agency funded by the State of North Carolina and the National Endowment for the Arts, which believes a great nation deserves great art, and from Duke University’s Asian/Pacific Studies Institute, Duke’s Department of Asian and African Languages and Literature, and Duke’s Film/Video/Digital Program.