Rural lives are often governed by the whims of the powerful, robbing them of physical and spiritual rootedness. Artist Yun-Fei Ji will deliver an Agnes Rindge Claflin Lecture entitled, “Making Visible,” on April 23 at 6:00pm in Taylor Hall, room 203. 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.
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 have been held at 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, PA. 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.
Ji was the artist-in-residence at Yale University in 2005, 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.
Sponsored by the Agnes Rindge Claflin Fund administered by the Department of Art.
The Agnes Rindge Claflin Fund and Lecture Series
Distinguished art historian and director of the Vassar Art Gallery, Agnes Rindge Claflin (1900-1977) came to Vassar as an instructor in 1923 and retired in 1965. Her extensive and influential association with modernist artists and collectors and with the Museum of Modern Art (MOMA) was reflected in both the teaching and curriculum of the art department and the gallery’s acquisitions and programming during her time at the college. The Agnes Rindge Claflin Fund was established in 1977 as an endowment to support the presentation and publication of lectures and exhibitions, allowing students to both hear and meet distinguished artists, and art and architectural historians who are invited to the campus every semester.
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