Chang'an | Place, Times, and Imagination | Marion Lee

PERSPECTIVE LECTURES | Imaginative Chang’an

The Zanesville Museum of Art, with the generous support of the Ohio Arts Council, is pleased to present a series of engaging lectures in conjunction with this winter’s exhibition cycle.

Chang'an | Place, Times, and Imagination | Marion S. Lee, Ohio University Associate Professor of Art History
Saturday, March 12, 1 pm at the ZMA.

ABSTRACT
The given title of the exhibition Imaginative Chang’an is the reason behind the conception of my proposed lecture – The notion ‘imagination’ relating to ‘imaginative’, and the historical name of the place Chang’an, in place of the contemporary name of roughly the same place Xian, in northwestern Shaanxi province, leading to the attention on historicism.

In the lecture, I shall discuss two linked points. First is specificity in time and about place, which has been engaged as a means of identification/identity by individuals and in terms of the collective. Paintings and poetry narrate and invoke, recall and imagine, on a regular basis especially from probably the sixteenth century forward, historical events, persons, and circumstances that are identified with and which take place in particular historical periods, in Chang’an/Xian.

The second point in the lecture is on the intimate artistic engagement with specific places (Chang’an/Xian, Beijing,..) and times (from the early 1990s to the present) in China by the artists of ink paintings, included in the exhibition, along with contemporary artists, working in the general area of installations.

Under the circumstances, the forthcoming exhibition Imaginative Chang’an showcases the rich possibilities when contemporary artists working in different media, engage imagination along with the attention paid to specific places and times, in their practices.

Free and open to the public

Additional Information:
   Recommended for all ages
   No registration required

Detail, Jiang Yixiang, Ready for Gathering, 2014.