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Due to strict Covid restrictions in Shanghai, the 2021-22 Art Focus series "Place & Spaces: Art in Shanghai" has been re-conceived and curated to Places & Spaces: Art in Global Context for 2022-23. Providing a hybrid mix of on-line and on-site discussions, we strive to examine the role of art institutions around the globe. With Art Historian and Critic, Julie Chun, we are introduced to museums, both big and small, to understand the pluralist facets of art institutions with unique opportunities to hear from curators, museum directors, exhibition experts, and artists.

For our upcoming October Art Focus, we will convene on-site at the self-organized, non-profit art space called the Shanghai New York Art Platform (SNAP). The exhibition "Fellows' (吾辈) is curated by the independent artist and curator Wang Yiquan, and seeks to explore the artistic practices of a wide array of Chinese contemporary artists known as the ba ling hou (八零后) or the generation born in the years 1980-1989. This group of artists experienced the benefits of the Opening Up policy when China achieved its highest economic growth. As many came of age after 2000, they freely roamed the globe to receive international education and partake in artist residencies and exchanges. Their outlook and output spills over to diverse expressions of humor, cynicism, playfulness, scrutiny and personal contemplation. As one of the post-80s artists himself, Wang has selected and curated an eclectic mix of works that respond to China's recent history. In this special curator-guided talk, Wang will deepen our understanding of this unique generation of artists and the ways they have managed to define Chinese contemporary art on their own terms.

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This event is an in-person, on-site art talk.


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