Part 1 – Beginning with Shanghai: Overview of Art Museums in Shanghai, Past to Present
There are nearly 40 art museums in Shanghai. Without taking into consideration the History Museum, the Science and Tech Museum, the Urban Planning Museum, and the Natural History Museum, the explosive number of museums dedicated to contemporary art is staggering. If Shanghai residents are having difficulty navigating the wide array of art museums, many of which come with a steep ticket price, how can any visitor to the city make sense of the art scene in Shanghai?
Art Historian Julie Chun has been critically observing, documenting, and publishing articles about the built culture of museums in Shanghai since 2011. In this sit-down lecture and discussion, she will provide a broad overview of the establishment of art museums in our very own city. We will parse the important difference between state and private museums. More importantly, we will examine the notion of "publicness" of art museums and the ways in which the discourse is problematized by its forms of access, or the lack thereof.
The lecture portion of this event will be streamed via Zoom.
Julie Chun is an Art Historian and critic, based in Shanghai since 2011. She has lectured and taught East Asian art history in global programs at the Shanghai University of Finance and Economics, Donghua University, and the CIEE at the East China Normal University. Since 2013, she has served as the Art Focus Convenor of the Royal Asiatic Society in China where she devotes her time to expanding the public’s understanding of artistic objects, past and present. As a regular contributor to Yishu Journal of Contemporary Art, her reviews and criticisms have also been published in academic and art journals, both in China and internationally.