Exhibiting Experimental Art in China
Distributed for Smart Museum of Art, The University of Chicago
During this time of rapid change in mainland China, artists and curators are seeking new ways to show work, and finding new allies, patrons and audiences. They are investigating ways to respond to official antagonism, to realize the potential of experimental art in the public sphere, and to maintain the independence of this art in an increasingly commercialized society. Wu addresses these issues through a survey of current exhibition practices, a discussion of the Smart Museum exhibition, a case study of It's Me, a rich collection of primary materials from eleven recent exhibitions. By introducing readers to the complex milieu of experimental artists and curators in China, Wu makes a major contribution to the growing scholarship on contemporary Chinese culture.
Introduction: Exhibiting Experimental Art in China
Part One: Canceled: An Exhibition about an Exhibition
Part Two: It's Me: A Case Study
Part Three: Twelve Experimental Exhibitions: A Documentary History
Appendix: A Chronicle of Experimental Exhibitions in China (1990-2000)