Claflin Lecture w/Yun-Fei Ji
Tuesday, April 23, 2019Time
Taylor Hall 203-Auditorium
Yun-Fei Ji ’s paintings are often inspired by the stories of people living in rural China, where the realities of life outside the nation’s largest cities have largely been ignored by narratives of rapid urban growth. Rural lives are often governed by the whims of the powerful, robbing them of physical and spiritual rootedness. Ji is interested in the ways in which people enact their agency both individually and collectively in the face of these larger societal forces, often through subtle but willful acts of resistance.
Yun-Fei Ji has had recent solo exhibitions at Hamilton College, The Honolulu Museum of Art and the Ullens Center for Contemporary Art in Beijing. Other solo exhibitions include the Contemporary Art Museum, St. Louis, MO; Rose Museum at Brandeis University, Waltham, MA; Peeler Art Center, DePauw University, Greencastle, IN; and the Institute of Contemporary Art, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia. Ji’s work has also been exhibited in major group shows throughout the United States and Europe including Prospect 3 New Orleans in 2014, the 2012 Biennale of Sydney, the 2011 Lyon Biennale, and the 2002 Whitney Biennial. In 2005, Ji was the Artist-in-residence at Yale University, and he received the 2006 American Academy Prix de Rome Fellowship. His work is in major public collections throughout the world including the Museum of Modern Art, New York; Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; and the Brooklyn Museum.
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