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MassArt Bakalar & Paine Galleries Present Chinese Dreams

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Left: Zhang Huan. Family Tree, 2000. 9 chromogenic color prints. © Zhang Huan Studio, courtesy Pace Gallery.

On view September 25 – December 2, 2017
Free and open to the public

Boston, MA – August 29, 2017 – Massachusetts College of Art and Design’s (MassArt) Bakalar & Paine Galleries present Chinese Dreams on view September 25-December 2, 2017. Organized by Lisa Tung, Director of the Bakalar & Paine Galleries, in partnership with Arne Glimcher ’60 and Pace Gallery, this exhibition brings together the work of 8 contemporary Chinese artists who were shaped by the Cultural Revolution: Hai Bo, Song Dong, Zhang Huan, Liu Jianhua, Fred Han Chang Liang, Ma Qiusha, Li Songsong, and Zhang Xiaogang.

The year 2016 marked the 50th anniversary of the launch of the Cultural Revolution, a decade-long historic event (1966-1976) that was characterized by chaos and upheaval. Shortly after the revolution’s end, Chinese people and institutions began seeking and sorting out new identities, both for themselves and for the nation.

Some artists featured in the exhibition were young children when the Cultural Revolution began, others were born during it, and one was born in its wake. Through their work in traditional Chinese media like porcelain, bronze, and painting as well as radical forms of expression that relate to destruction such as ash and razor blades, each has helped inform China’s subsequent outlook on its history. Similarly diverse are the metaphors of time, memory, and family that can be relevant to any culture but which have particular poignancy for those who experienced China in the second half of the 20th century.

(Left):Zhang Huan. To Raise the Water Level in a Fishpond: Performance, Beijing, China, 1997.DVD (00:05:57). Courtesy of the artist and Pace Gallery. © Zhang Huan Studio.
(Middle) Zhang Xiaogang. Boy No 1 (With Hands), 2015. Painted bronze, 19-7/8″ x 13-1/8″ x 12-3/4″ (50.5 cm x 33.3 cm x 32.4 cm). Courtesy Pace Gallery. Photo: Kerry Ryan McFate. © Zhang Xiaogang.
(Right): Zhang Xiaogang. My Mother, 2012. Oil on canvas. © Zhang Xiaogang, courtesy Pace Gallery.

Special Events

Opening Reception
Monday, September 25, 6-8pm
Free and open to the public

Drawing Together
Wednesday evenings, 6-8pm
October 11 – November 15, 2017

Join us on Wednesday nights for drop-in drawing in the galleries! Sessions are facilitated by professional artists and educators, taking inspiration from the exhibitions on view and encouraging visitors to create collaboratively. Free and open to the public, with drawing materials provided. No previous art experience required. 

Family Day
Saturday, October 14, 11am-4pm
Free and open to the public

Twice a year, visitors of all ages are invited to Family Day at the Galleries. Drop in for fun-filled art making activities, designed and led by MassArt art education students, inspired by the exhibitions on view. Refreshments served.

Plan Your Visit

Monday through Saturday 12:00-6:00pm
Wednesdays 12:00-8:00pm
(closed Sundays)
Free and open to the public

MassArt, 621 Huntington Avenue (Avenue of the Arts), Boston
Enter through the Design and Media Center

Public Transportation
MBTA Green Line E Train (Longwood Medical Area stop)
Route 39 MBTA bus (Huntington Ave @ Longwood Ave stop)


About the Bakalar & Paine Galleries and the UNBOUND Campaign

A venue for national and international contemporary art, the Bakalar & Paine Galleries is MassArt’s professionally curated gallery space on campus, featuring thought-provoking exhibitions of work by the world’s most influential, established and emerging artists of our time. As the largest free contemporary art space in New England, the Bakalar & Paine Galleries is a vital cultural resource for the College, the Greater Boston area, and beyond. Exhibitions are curated to represent a variety of disciplines to serve as a teaching space for MassArt students as well as an inspirational, educational resource for the public. In addition to its exhibitions, the Galleries produce numerous free public programs throughout the year including Family Days, receptions, and lectures. Recent exhibitions have featured contemporary artists and designers such as Matthew Brandt, Felix Gonzales-Torres, Mona Hatoum, William Kentridge, Jim Lambie, Maya Lin, Zandra Rhodes and Alison Saar.

In May 2016, MassArt officially kicked off the public phase of UNBOUND: Campaign for the Bakalar & Paine Galleries with a $1 million gift from Pace Gallery founder and MassArt alumnus Arne Glimcher (BA’60, Painting). To date, MassArt has raised $8.2 million towards the $12 million total for the project. UNBOUND will fund a transformative revitalization of the 8,000 square foot, three-floor gallery space. Campaign funds will support restoration and preservation within the historic galleries that occupy one of the original campus buildings. Renovations will allow for improved public access with a visible street-side front entrance on Huntington Avenue, new climate and relative humidity control systems that will allow for year-round programming, an elevator, new curatorial offices, a new gallery education room, an expanded preparatory workshop, and visitor amenities. designLAB Architects and Dimeo Construction have been selected for the project.

About Massachusetts College of Art and Design

Massachusetts College of Art and Design (MassArt) is one of the top colleges of its kind in the United States. Founded in 1873, MassArt has a legacy of leadership as the only freestanding public college of art and design in the country and the nation’s first art school to grant a degree. The College offers a comprehensive range of undergraduate and graduate degrees in art, design, and art education, all taught by world-class faculty. MassArt is also home to the Bakalar & Paine Galleries, the largest free contemporary art space in New England, professionally curated to enrich the academic curriculum and make contemporary art an accessible experience for all. Among MassArt’s most accomplished alumni are designer Brian Collins, art dealer Arne Glimcher, Oscar-winning set designer Nancy Haigh, visual artist and composer Christian Marclay, Project Runway Season 15 winner Erin Robertson, interior and lifestyle designer Kelly Wearstler, and photographer William Wegman. For more information, visit Follow MassArt on social media: TwitterInstagramFacebook, and LinkedIn.

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