Artists’ talk: Xing Danwen


  • Categories: Lectures | Art
  • Event posted: March 13, 2009
  • Last updated: Sept. 16, 2014

Event details

Xing Danwen speaks about her work, currently on view as part of the group exhibition Stairway to Heaven: From Chinese Streets to Monuments and Skyscrapers at the Kansas City Art Institute's H&R Block Artspace. Xing first began to experiment with photography as part of the emerging East Village avant-garde art scene in late 1990s Beijing, China.

The work in Stairway to Heaven offers commentary and critique on the physical and cultural transformations that are occurring in China as a result of economic reform, a new influx of personal wealth and rapid industrialization. Including sculpture and video as well as still photographs, the exhibition is organized thematically and uses street life, the proliferation of skyscrapers and the shifting meanings of historic monuments as avenues for exploring China's stunning transformation during the past three decades.

The event is free and to be held in the SMA Auditorium. It is presented as part of the Current Perspectives: Visiting Artist and Scholar Series.


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