KIA Exhibition: Woodcuts in Modern China, 1937-2008

January 23 - April 18, 2010

Posted: January 8, 2010
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January 8, 2010

KIA Exhibition: Woodcuts in Modern China, 1937-2008
January 23 - April 18, 2010

Kalamazoo, MI - Friday, January 8, 2010, The Kalamazoo Institute of Arts is proud to unveil our latest exhibition, Woodcuts in Modern China, 1937-2008. Opening on Saturday, January 23rd, this exhibition is the first to be organized in the U.S. to present a comprehensive overview of the beginnings and development of Chinese woodcuts.

Chinese artists adapted the Western-style woodcut to create a pictorial language that resonated with the illiterate masses. They also created the beginnings of communist art in China and, in the most general sense, laid the foundation of modern Chinese art.

This exhibition features 65 Chinese woodblock prints. Thirty pieces are drawn from the collection of the Picker Art Gallery's rare collection of modern Chinese woodcuts from the 1930s and 1940s. In addition, more than 30 woodblock prints by eleven contemporary Chinese artists (1950s-today) are included.

Admission is free.

Woodcuts in Modern China was organized by the Picker Art Gallery at Colgate University, and was made possible by a generous gift by Robert H.G. Ho. Its showing in Kalamazoo is supported by the Joy Light East Asian Art Acquisition and Exhibition Fund, with additional support from the Harold and Grace Upjohn Foundation.

Those interested in learning more about Chinese woodcuts, art and culture should plan to attend the following events:

  • February 10: Kalamazoo Art League Lecture - Woodcuts in Modern China, 1937-2008: Renee Covalucci will discuss the cultural and political influences on the Woodcuts in Modern China, 1937-2008 exhibition, of which she is a co-curator. She will also describe her own experiences as a printmaker in China and lead a gallery tour of the exhibition. Begins at 10 a.m. Stay for a reception following the lecture. $10 general admission, $3 for college and Kirk Newman Art School students with ID, Free for Art League Members. For more information call (269) 349-7775.
  • February 28: 1-4 p.m. Chinese New Year Family Funday: Family-friendly cultural celebration. Featuring: performances of a Lion Dance, traditional Chinese folk dances and music, demonstrations of traditional Chinese arts and crafts as paper cutting, calligraphy and knot tying, artist-led opportunities for children to make projects such as paper lanterns and cut-out Chinese characters, readings of folk tales and much more! Refreshments provided. Coordinated in partnership with the Chinese Association of Greater Kalamazoo and the Harold and Grace Upjohn Foundation. Admission free.
  • Free, Sunday Public Tours:

    -January 31, 2 p.m.: Woodcuts in Modern China, part I
    -February 7, 2 p.m: Woodcuts in Modern China, Part II

For more information about Woodcuts in Modern China, programs or other KIA events, please contact us at (269) 349-7775, or visit our website.

The Kalamazoo Institute of Arts is a nonprofit art museum and school. Since 1924, the institute has offered art classes and free-admission programming, including exhibitions, lectures, events, activities and a permanent collection. The KIA's mission is to cultivate the creation and appreciation of the visual arts for the communities of West Michigan.