Professor Wu Hung
Wu Hung is Harrie A. Vanderstappen Distinguished Service Professor in Chinese Art History, Director of the Center for the Art of East Asia, and the Consulting Curator of the Smart Museum of Art at the University of Chicago. An elected member of American Academy of Arts and Sciences, he has published widely on both traditional and contemporary Chinese art. His major works in traditional art include The Wu Liang Shrine: Th
e Ideology of Early Chinese Pictorial Art (1989), Monumentality in Early Chinese Art and Architecture (1995), The Double Screen: Medium and Representation in Chinese Painting (1996), Liyi zhongde meishu (Art in its ritual context, 2 vols., 2005), Meishushi shiyi (Ten discourses on art history, 2008), Shikong zhong de meishu (Art in time and space, 2009), and The Art of the Yellow Springs: Understanding Chinese Tombs (2010). He has edited or co-edited the three volumes of Between Han and Tang: Art and Archaeology in a Transformative Period (2000-2003), Body and Face in Chinese Art and Visual Culture (with Katherine Tsiang, 2005), and Reinventing the Past: Archaism and Antiquarianism in Chinese Art and Visual Culture (2010). He is also one of the co-authors of 3000 Years of Chinese Painting (1997), Cambridge History of Ancient China (1999), and Chinese Sculpture (2006).
Regarding contemporary art, in the mid-eighties he organized a series of exhibitions of contemporary Chinese art at Harvard University. From 1999 to 2002 he curated Transience: Chinese Experimental Art at the End of the Twentieth Century (Chicago, Smart Museum of Art, 1999), Canceled: Exhibiting Experimental Art in China (Chicago, Smart Museum of Art, 2000), and the First Guangzhou Triennial entitled Reinterpretation: A Decade of Experimental Art in China (1990-2000) (Guangzhou, Guangdong Art Musem, 2002). The catalogues he wrote for these three exhibitions provide in-depth analyses of the development of experimental Chinese art. His more recent curatorial projects include Between Past and Future: New Photography and Video from China (International Center of Photography and Smart Museum of Art, 2004), About Beauty in Berlin’s Haus der Kulturen der Welt (2005), the 6th Gwangju Biennale (First Chapter,2006), Shu: Books in Contemporary Chinese Art (New York, China Institute Museum, 2006), Re-imagining Asia (Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin, March 2008), Displacement: The Three Gorges Dam and Contemporary Chinese art (Chicago, Smart Museum of Art, 2008), and many solo exhibitions of important contemporary Chinese artists including Xu Bing, Rong Rong, Song Dong, Zeng Fanzhi, Zeng Hao, Lv Shengzhong, Miao Xiaochuan, Hong Lei, Zhang Dali, Shen Shaomin, Xia Xiaowan, Liu Hung, Shi Jinsong, Lu Hao, Zhang Xiaotao, Sui Jianguo, Liu Xiaodong, Gao Lei, and others.
Transience: Chinese Experimental Art at the End of the Twentieth Century (1999), Exhibiting Experimental Art in China (2000), Reinterpretation: A Decade of Experimental Art in China (1990-2000) (2002), Remaking Beijing: Tiananmen Square and the Creation of a Politic Space (2005), Making History: Wu Hung on Contemporary Art (2008), Wu Hung on Contemporary Chinese Artists (2009), He has also curated many influential contemporary art exhibitions, including The First Guangzhou Triennial (2002) entitled Reinterpretation: A Decade of Experimental Chinese Art, 1990-2000, Between Past and Future: New Photography and Video from China (2004, with Christopher Phillips), The Sixth Gwangju Biennale (2006), and Re-imagining Asia (2009).
In addition to the catalogues of these exhibitions, his publications on contemporary art include Chinese Art at the Crossroads: Between Past and Future, Between East and West (2001), Rong Rong’s East Village (2003), Remaking Beijing: Tianmen Square and the Creation of Political Space (2005), Xu Bing: Yancao jihua (Xu Bing’s Tobacco Project, 2006), Making History: Wu Hung on Contemporary Art (2008), Wu Hung on Contemporary Chinese Artists (2009), Zhang Huan gongzuoshi: Yishu yu laodong (The Zhang Huan Studio: Art and Labor (2009), Waste Not: Zhao Xiangyuan and Song Dong (2009), and Zhang Xiaotao: Microscopic Narrative (2010).