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Madeline Y. Hsu, Director BUR 480, Mailcode A2200, Austin, TX 78712 • 512-232-6427

Across the Divide: A Roundtable Discussion of Contemporary Chinese Art

Tue, March 6, 2012 • 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM • Visual Arts Center, East Gallery

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6:00 – 6:30 // Exhibition Tour with Beili Liu and Yun–Chiahn C. Sena

The Visual Arts Center presents a roundtable discussion in conjunction with the exhibition Across the Divide, which showcases works by twenty-five artists of Chinese descent currently working in academia across the United States. The discussants include Amy Lewis Hofland, Director of The Crow Collection, Dallas, Dr. Madeline Hsu, Director of the Center for Asian American Studies and Associate Professor in History at The University of Texas at Austin, Beili Liu, faculty host of the Across the Divide exhibition and Associate Professor in Studio Art at The University of Texas at Austin, and Dr. Yun–Chiahn C. Sena, moderator of the discussion and Assistant Professor in Chinese Art History at The University of Texas at Austin.


The roundtable discussion will explore the significance of a shared, multi-faceted identity expressed through the artists’ cross-cultural perspectives. Taking a close look at works in the exhibition, the discussion will also reflect on the interpretation and influence of these and other similar artistic forms created in the changing social and economic environments of post-Mao China and the US. The discussants will invite comments from the audience on issues related to Chinese art and culture in the context of today’s globalized society.


The exhibition Across the Divide was organized by the Crossman Gallery at The University of Wisconsin–Whitewater and presented in partnership with the Center for Asian American Studies at The University of Texas at Austin. The exhibition is curated by Chris Miles, Chair of the Art Department at California State University, Long Beach, who was helped by Professor Yu Ji at California State University, Long Beach. Faculty organizers include Xiaohong Zhang at The University of Wisconsin–Whitewater and Beili Liu at The University of Texas at Austin.

Sponsored by: Visual Arts Center, Department of Art & Art History, Center for Asian American Studies


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