Visitors to the Indianapolis Museum of Art know that the IMA has a wonderful collection of traditional Chinese art. But on June 30, the IMA’s Contemporary Gallery will feature a different spin, presenting an exhibition of works by 11 of China’s leading avant-garde artists.
On the Edge: Contemporary Chinese Artists Encounter the West explores the intersection of art and politics, what some younger Chinese artists now call “cultural politics,” focusing on the positioning of Chinese art within the global art scene.
An opening party and gallery preview is June 29. Lisa Freiman, curator of contemporary art, and Jim Robinson, curator of Asian art, will lead tours and conversations about the exhibition.
The IMA is hosting this exhibition as part of its Forefront series, an ongoing series of shows that presents recent work by contemporary international artists.
Works featured in On the Edge include oil, airbrush, photography, resin, installation and video. “The West,” an interactive CD-ROM by Beijing-based artists Qiu Zhijie, allows exhibition visitors to explore Chinese ideas about the West, ranging from shocking misconceptions to historical views.
The IMA is located at 4000 Michigan Road and is open Tuesday-Sunday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and Thursday, 10 a.m.-9 p.m. The exhibit was organized by the Iris and Gerald B. Cantor Center for Visual Arts at Stanford University.