From Jean-Paul Sartre to Teresa Teng: Contemporary Cantonese Art in the 1980s
Museum of Chinese in America (215 Centre St., Manhattan)
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The 1980s was an important period for the birth and recognition of contemporary art in China. Towards the end of the Cultural Revolution, an influx of new, western and popular ideas entered China via Hong Kong sparking great excitement, debate and experimentation in the Arts. Unfortunately, a large number of artistic contributions from this time have been overlooked, particularly those from Guangzhou and Shenzhen.

Written, directed and produced by Asia Art Archive, as part ‘Materials of the Future: Documenting Contemporary Chinese Art from 1980-1990,’ this documentary explores the impact of books, magazines and popular culture on the development of experimental art in Southern China in the 1980s.

Followed by Q&A with visiting artists Zheng Shengtian (鄭勝天), Yang Jiechang (楊詰蒼) and Chair of AAA, Jane DeBevoise.