Creating, Discovering, Producing

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The arts and sciences have flourished over China’s long history, and these creations of culture define its present. Artists, filmmakers, writers and scholars highlighted dozens of programs devoted to illuminating the long trajectory of cultural production in China.

Event Highlights:

Technology and Society in Pre-Modern China
Year long lectures explored distinctively Chinese technology and the ways in which each technology has shaped --and been shaped by--Chinese cultural practices, social, relations, economic institutions, and political policies. 

Innovation/Adaptation: 5,000 Years of Making Art in China
Lectures in the History of Art in China  investigated objects in action, as agents of social coherence and of cultural change.

Anyuan: Mining China’s Revolutionary Tradition
How do we explain the unexpected longevity of the Chinese Communist political system?  One answer, Elizabeth Perry, suggested, lies in the Chinese Communists’ creative development and deployment of cultural resources – during their revolutionary rise to power and afterwards. 

China Through the Lens
The China Through the Lens Film Series explored the history and art of Chinese cinema in different periods and geopolitical locations. All film screenings were complimented by lectures featuring prominent film scholars who offered criticism and analysis. This series featured early Chinese cinema, Chinese film music across mainland China, Hong Kong and Taiwan, and contemporary Chinese independent cinema.  This series was part of EAST 1270: China Through the Lens.

Cai Guo-Qiang, Move Along Nothing to See Here
Move Along, Nothing to See Here
featured the work of contemporary Chinese artist Cai Guo Qiang at the Granoff Center’s Cohen Gallery.

Janet Yang '78 Visit
As a film producer, Yang has worked with some of the most formidable directors and actors in the world, as well as discovering unique, often unheard voices and stories, and bringing them into the mainstream. In the international arena, she has been a pioneer in introducing Asian culture to the West, and representing American cinema to China.  During her visit to Brown she spoke abut her work and career path.

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The Shanghai Theatre Academy visited Brown for two performances of Confucius’ Disciples.  Confucius’ Disciples is an original series of short plays about China’s greatest educator Confucius (551-479 BC) and his three fictional teenage disciples.

“The Culture and Practice of Painting in Song China (960-1279)”
During the 300 years China was ruled by the Song emperors the art of painting reached heights of sophistication and accomplishment that mark the period forever as a golden age. Painting became a necessary companion of the fulfilled life in nearly all spheres of activity, from palace to temple, and continued to provide enrichment into the tomb. Richard Barnhart explored the practice of Song painting and how that practice bears on questions of dating and attribution that continue to occupy him.

Lantern Festival
In conjunction with Brown's Year of China,
Paul Myoda, Assistant Professor, Visual Art Department's spring semester sculpture studio produced a large-scale light installation inspired by the annual Lantern Festivals celebrated across China.