A series of pop up exhibitions across campus Wed. Dec 3
[Updated December 4, 2014] In case you missed it, the students from Art History 215: China Art Now curated and installed pop up exhibits across the University of Alberta campus from SUB to CAB, through the Old Arts Building, Humanities Building, HUB and FAB during the lunch hour Wednesday, December 3, 2014.
- Long March @ U of A installation in the Old Arts Building, Dec 3, 2014.
- Detail of the art installation in the Old Arts Building, at the University of Alberta Dec 3, 2014.
- Manifesto and Long March @ the U of A maps posted outside SUB, Dec 3, 2014.
- Art outside the Humanities Fishbowl on The Long March @ U of A Wed. Dec 3, 2014.
- The Long March @ U of A inside the Law Building, Dec 3, 2014.
- Revolutionary arm bands in the HUB pedway as part of The Long March @ U of A, Dec 3, 2014.
The goals for the project as outlined in The Long March @ U of A manifesto were:
- To ask what is the function of art and how can we interact with it?
- To create an opportunity to become aware of past and present Chinese artists working within Chinese and Western spheres
- To use art to bring out emotions
- To address political, economic and social issues
- To explore a Chinasphere that evokes nostalgia for China
- To position contemporary alongside historical works to symbolize the movement from pre- to post-Cultural Revolution China
- To show how China has modernized and responded to their communist past
- To use art to create a sense of community
- To emphasize artists overlooked in Western art culture
- To break down the artificial conditions of display in art galleries
[Original post December 2. 2014] The Long March (1934-35) was a 9000 km military retreat by the Chinese Communists lasting 370 days. The route passed through some of the roughest terrain of western China and began Mao’s ascent to power. In 2002 a commune of artists from Beijing retraced the route, engaging with villagers along the way through performances, lectures, and exhibitions.
The Long March @ the U of A is a project brought to you by your student comrades in Art History 215: China Art Now and will attempt to emulate this event in a modern sense – by asking you to make the march through campus along a path featuring a series of pop up exhibitions. The Long March Project @ the U of A represents bringing art to the people and the journey of seeking knowledge through art.
Guest post by Lisa Claypool, instructor for Art History 215.
Exhibition title: The Long March @ U of A: A Series of Pop Up Exhibitions
Exhibition date: Wednesday, December 3
Hours: 12:30 p.m. – 1:50 p.m.
Where: see map below.
Long March @ the U of A Map