Lectures and Symposia
Event Type 2:
February 20 (Saturday) - May 29 (Sunday) EST
A. Alfred Taubman Gallery
525 S State St, Ann Arbor, MI 48109
Xu Weixin: Monumental Portraits
|Start Date:||February 20, 2016|
|End Date:||June 11, 2016|
|Location:||A. Alfred Taubman Gallery, University of Michigan Museum of Art|
The first major U.S. exhibition of the accomplished Chinese artist Xu Weixin (b. 1958), Xu Weixin: Monumental Portraits will focus on two of his acclaimed, large-size portrait series: Miner Portraits and Chinese Historical Figures: 1966–1976. The subjects in Miner Portraits are coal miners working in harsh conditions in contemporary China. Chinese Historical Figures: 1966–1976 depicts people who lived—known and unknown, and some of whom eventually perished—during the turbulent time of the Cultural Revolution. By portraying these individuals with monumentality and poignant realism, Xu Weixin brings our focus to their lives and ordeals, inviting an emotional connection. Reflecting the artist’s deep interest in the human condition, these single-person portraits challenge our expectations and compel us to see beyond official narratives of historical events and social conditions. Xu Weixin is currently a professor of painting and the former executive dean of the School of Arts, Renmin University, Beijing.
Lead support for this exhibition is provided by the University of Michigan Health System, University of Michigan Office of the President, and the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs and the National Endowment for the Arts. Additional generous support is provided by the University of Michigan Confucius Institute, Lieberthal-Rogel Center for Chinese Studies, Beijing Fu Zhan Zhou Culture Art Development Co. Ltd, Boylescott Limited, and University of Michigan Ross School of Business China Initiatives.
*Image: Miner Liu Jinsuo from Miner Portraits, 2005–2015, oil on canvas 98 2/5 x 78 3/4 in. (250 x 200 cm.), Private collection
(Sunday) 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm EST
North Quad Space 2435
105 South State Street
Instructors: Jin Ni, Lecturer from Jilin University of the Arts, China & Yao Lei, Lecturer from Northeast Normal University, ChinaDate: Sundays, [...]
Chinese Dance Workshop: Neotraditional Asian Styles
|Instructors:||Jin Ni, Lecturer from Jilin University of the Arts, China & Yao Lei, Lecturer from Northeast Normal University, China|
|Date:||Sundays, January 24, 31, February 7, 21|
|Time:||3 pm – 5 pm|
|Location:||North Quad Space 2435, 105 South State Street|
Workshop 1 : 3- 5 pm, Sunday, January 24, 2016
Workshop 2 : 3- 5 pm, Sunday, January 31, 2016
Workshop 3 : 3- 5 pm, Sunday, February 7, 2016
Workshop 4 : 3- 5 pm, Sunday, February 21, 2016
Location: North Quad Space 2435, 105 South State Street
Workshops will be jointly taught by visiting scholar Jin Ni and her husband Yao Lei, Lecturer in the Folk Dance Teaching and Research Section of the Department of Dance at Northeast Normal University. The workshops will each include one hour of Chinese-style Korean folk dance (taught by Jin Ni) and one hour of Chinese-style Mongol folk dance and Donebei Yangge (taught by Yao Lei). Both female and male styles will be taught, and there is no experience required.
This is a series of 4 different dance workshops. The preregistration is open for students only at this time. Please send your registration request directly to email@example.com.
Directions to Space 2435:
The North Quad building is located at 105 S. State Street. Space 2435 is on the ground level of the building, right on the corner of S. State Street & E. Washington St. The room has large windows facing S. State, with wood floors and high ceilings. To enter, you will need to walk just north of the room on S. State from E. Washington street- there will be wooden entrance doors on the right just north of the space. Enter through the doors, then go right down the hallway and Space 2435 will be on your right. Please note that this door will be unlocked only between 2:30 – 3:30 pm. All other doors are locked and you can’t get in unless you have a student UMID card.
Jin Ni is a lecturer in the Academy of Dance at Jilin University of the Arts, China. She is a recipient of the 2016 Hughes Fellowship from the Lieberthal-Rogel Center for Chinese Studies at the University of Michigan. As the recipient of this fellowship, she is serving a visiting scholar in the UM Department of Dance for the entire year of 2016.
(Wednesday) 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm EST
Koessler Room, Michigan League
911 N University Ave, Ann Arbor, MI 48109
Presenter: Lester Monts, Arthur F. Thurnau Professor of Music, U-MDate: Wednesday, February 24, 2016Time: 12 pm - [...]
Chinese Minzu Music and Dance: A Film Presentation
|Presenter:||Lester Monts, Arthur F. Thurnau Professor of Music, U-M|
|Date:||Wednesday, February 24, 2016|
|Time:||12 pm – 1 pm|
|Location:||Koessler Room, Michigan League|
The Han people are China’s most prominent ethnic group, consisting of more than ninety percent of the population. The Chinese government refers to the remaining ten percent, as Minzu–nationalities or minorities. The Minzu population consists of fifty-five ethnicities, each with its own distinct music and cultural traditions. Minzu people and the Chinese government have made valiant efforts to highlight the cultural distinctions of ethnic minorities through its educational institutions and government-sponsored cultural centers. In October 2015, ethnomusicologist Lester Monts led a group videographers to universities and music conservatories in Beijing, Shenyang, and Anshan, and the Splendid China Folk Village to capture samples of music and dance of China’s ethnic minorities. This presentation is part of an on-going project to capture Chinese Minzu music on film; it provides a wonderful contrast to the “high” art music that is generally known to Western audiences.
(Image: A Miao gong performance, using a metal bucket as a moving resonator)
Lester Monts is an Arthur F. Thurnau Professor of Music (ethnomusicology). For twenty-one years, he served as the UM senior vice provost for academic affairs. With Dr. Louis Yen, he negotiated with Chinese officials to establish the Confucius Institute at the University of Michigan. He is currently director of the Michigan Musical Heritage Project that seeks to capture on film the state’s folk, ethnic, and immigrant music traditions, and he is director-designate of the Stearns Musical Instrument Collection. As a senior consultant to the Chinese Language Council International (Hanban), he has traveled throughout China and has been awarded six honorary professorships from Chinese universities and music conservatories. His work on musical heritage has now carried over to China where he has begun to collect film data on the music of China’s ethnic minorities.