The Three Gorges Dam on the Yangzi River in China is the world’s largest generator of hydro-electric power. When it was built, it displaced more than one million people and submerged more than 1,200 towns. This spring, the Nasher Museum presents Displacement: The Three Gorges Dam and Contemporary Chinese Art, in which four leading contemporary Chinese artists—Chen Qiulin, Yun-Fei Ji, Liu Xiaodong and Zhuang Hui—respond to the dam project.
Listen to a podcast of North Carolina Public Radio’s “The State of Things,” in which host Frank Stasio talks with Kimerly Rorschach, the James H. and Mary D.B.T. Semans Director of the Nasher Museum, and Ralph Litzinger, associate professor of cultural anthropology at Duke, about the Three Gorges Dam in China.
March 25 Exhibition Opens to the public, 10 AM. Curator Conversation, 7 PM with exhibition curator Wu Hung, Smart Museum Consulting Curator, Harrie A. Vanderstappen Distinguished Service Professor of Art History, and Director of the Center for the Art of East Asia, University of Chicago. Reception to follow.
April 1 Artist Talk, 7 PM Chen Qiulin
April 7 Displacement Roundtable on the Three Gorges Dam, 7 PM with Duke faculty across disciplines:
Guo-Juin Hong, Andrew W. Mellon Assistant Professor, Department of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies
Erika Weinthal, associate professor, NSOE, Environmental Policy
Peter G. McCornick, director of water policy, Nicholas Institute
April 18 Free Family Day, 12-4 PM
April 22 “Sounds. Distant” 7 PM musical performance with violin and guzheng
Displacement Film Series, co-sponsored by Duke’s Program in the Arts of the Moving Image and Duke University Libraries, Thursdays, 7 PM
April 15 “Rainclouds Over Wushan” (Wushan Yunyu), (Zhang Ming, 1996, 96 minutes)
April 29 “Still Life (Sanzia Haoren)” (Jia Zhangke, 2006, 108 minutes)
May 13 “Bing Ai” (Feng Yan, 2007, 114 minutes)
May 27 “Up the Yangtze” (Yung Chang, 2007, 93 minutes)
Every Thursday night the museum is free and open to the public, 5-9 PM, courtesy of SunTrust Bank and The Independent Weekly.
Displacement: The Three Gorges Dam and Contemporary Chinese Art is organized by the Smart Museum of Art, University of Chicago. The exhibition is curated by Wu Hung, Smart Museum Consulting Curator, Harrie A. Vanderstappen Distinguished Service Professor of Art History, and Director of the Center for the Art of East Asia, University of Chicago, in consultation with Jessica Moss, Smart Museum Assistant Curator of Contemporary Art, and Stephanie Smith, Smart Museum Director of Collections and Exhibitions and Curator of Contemporary Art. The exhibition and related programs have been supported by Dan Bo, the Elizabeth F. Cheney Foundation, the University of Chicago Women’s Board, and the Center for East Asian Studies. The accompanying publication was made possible by a generous gift from Fred Eychaner and Tommy Yang Guo.
At the Nasher Museum, the exhibition is supported by the Mary Duke Biddle Foundation, Asian/Pacific Studies Institute Duke University, Duke’s Nicholas School of the Environment, the Research Triangle Foundation of North Carolina, Diane Evia-Lanevi and Ingemar Lanevi in honor of their daughter Sammy Lanevi, the North Carolina Chinese Business Association and The Chronicle.
IMAGE: Liu Xiaodong, Hotbed (detail), 2005. Oil on canvas, 8.53 x 32.8 feet, in five panels. Private collection, Beijing, China.