January 26, 2011

The Getty Museum Presents Video Art from the New China

Video Series: Video Art from the New China

At the J. Paul Getty Museum, Getty Center
Saturday, January 29, 4:00 pm and 7:00 pm

LOS ANGELES—Video Art from the New China is a two-part program taking place on Saturday, January 29 featuring video pieces by groundbreaking contemporary artists from China, including Zhang Peili, Cao Fei, and Zhang Huan. The first screening (4:00 p.m.) surveys the development of the genre through a selection of key works, while the second (7:00 p.m.) features a longer work by seminal contemporary artist Yang Fudong. The video series complements the exhibition Photography from the New China.

As an introduction to the video series, the first screening delves into the breadth and formal diversity of video work produced in China in the last two decades. The program is a collection of performance, documentary, and fiction, featuring videos by multidisciplinary artists across China, from those working in urban epicenters of sprawling Beijing and glittery Shanghai to the quietly buzzing Guangzhou further south. Highlighted in the series are works by video and performance-art pioneers Zhang Peili and Zhang Huan, recent projects by Yang Zhenzhong and Wang Qingsong, and pieces from the next generation, such as Cao Fei and Cui Xiuwen. The program concludes with a Q&A with photographer Wang Qingsong, whose work is featured in the exhibition Photography from the New China.

The second program features a rare screening of BackyardHey! Sun is rising, a precursor to Yang Fudong’s five-part film project, Seven Intellectuals in a Bamboo Forest (20037), and concludes with the third installment of Seven Intellectuals. Trained as a painter, but self-taught in photography and filmmaking, Yang has become one of the foremost photographers and film artists to emerge from China in recent years. Originally shot on lush 35mm as a philosophical meditation on contemporary life, the video revisits the legend of the Seven Sages—a group Daoist intellectuals from ancient China who fled sociopolitical chaos to live in a forest, untroubled by worldly matters, and practice qingtan (pure conversation)—and resituates them in the twentieth century.

Video Art from the New China will be held on Saturday, January 29 at 4:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. in the Harold M. Williams Auditorium at the Getty Center. Admission is free, but reservations are required for each screening. To make reservations, call (310) 440-7300 or visit

Images at top: LEFT: Wang Qingsong in a still (detail) from his film "Iron Man," 2008. CENTER: Still (detail) from "Light and Easy 2," Yang Zhenzhong, 2002. RIGHT: Still (detail) from "Hip Hop Guangzhou," Cao Fei, 2003.

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Desiree Zenowich
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