Mixed Messages: Twentieth Century Chinese Prints

讯息万变: 二十世纪中国版画艺术


Chinese Print

What messages are conveyed through the visual form? How are these messages changed when linked to text? Mixed Messages: Twentieth Century Chinese Prints explores the multiple readings embedded in a single work. Pulling from a collection of prints recently donated to St. Olaf College, the selected works in this exhibition works illuminate an era that transformed China as it moved from Confucianism through Communism to Consumerism. Traditional Chinese New Year’s prints, Communist propaganda posters, rare Chinese magazines, and unique fine art prints highlight issues of modernity, shifting gender roles, and China’s relationship to the West.

The last century has seen extraordinary shifts in one of the world’s most powerful, yet least understood, countries. From declaring the Republic of China in 1911 to fending off Japanese invasion, ongoing cultural revolutions to subsequent economic boom, China’s evolution during the 20th century can be readily followed through its visual culture. Mixed Messages invites viewers to experience this history through prints, posters, and ephemera.

This bilingual exhibition is co-curated by Professors Karil Kucera and Ka Wong in collaboration with the students of AS270 Visual Culture in Modern China and Professor Wong’s Foreign Language Across the Curriculum (FLAC) class.

Opening Reception
Friday, November 1
7 – 9 pm, Opening Reception, Flaten Art Museum

Friday, November 15
7pm, The Art of Chinese Politics, Richard Bodman, Associate Professor Emeritus of Chinese and Asian Studies, Center for Art and Dance 305

Museum Tours with Student Curators
Thursday, November 21, 11:30 – 12:30 pm (Community Time)
Saturday, December 7, 4 pm (Prior to Christmas Festival)

Extended Christmas Festival Museum Hours
December 6: 10 am-8 pm
December 7: 2 pm-8 pm
December 8: 12 pm-5 pm

Museum closed for Thanksgiving Break: November 27 – December 1, 2013