Realisms in Chinese Visual Cultures and Aesthetics

Featuring Carol Yinghua Lu, Meiqin Wang, and Paul Gladston


8 p.m. Eastern / 5 p.m. Pacific

Curator Carol Yinghua Lu and scholar Meiqin Wang join Rail contributor Paul Gladston for a conversation. We conclude with a poetry reading by Emily Lee Luan.

In this talk

Carol Yinghua Lu

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Art critic and curator Carol Yinghua Lu is a PhD candidate in art history at the University of Melbourne. She is a contributing editor at Frieze, is on the advisory board of The Exhibitionist, and was on the jury for the Golden Lion Award at the 2011 Venice Biennale. She also served as co-artistic director of the 2012 Gwangju Biennale and co-curator of the 7th Shenzhen Sculpture Biennale in 2012. From 2012 to 2015, she was the artistic director and chief curator of OCAT Shenzhen and in 2013 she was the first visiting fellow in the Asia-Pacific Fellowship program at the Tate Research Centre. In collaboration with the artist Liu Ding, she is in the process of researching the legacy of Socialist Realism in the practice and historical narrative of contemporary art in China.

Meiqin Wang

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CSUN professor Meiqin Wang, PHD specializes in modern and contemporary Chinese art and teaches Asian art history courses. Her dissertation and published materials focus on the recent developments of contemporary art from China and their social, political, economic, and institutional implications in the context of commercialization, urbanization and globalization of the Chinese world. Her research interests also include contemporary art of the Asian world and international exhibitions. Her teaching covers historical and contemporary arts from Asia and her courses emphasize the cultural and political context of artistic production.

Paul Gladston

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Award-winning critical theorist and cultural historian Paul Gladston is the inaugural Judith Neilson Chair Professor of Contemporary Art at the University of New South Wales and a distinguished affiliate of the UK-China Humanities Alliance, Tsinghua University. He is an inaugural co-editor of the book series Contemporary East Asian Visual Cultures, Societies and Politics (Palgrave Macmillan, est. 2019) and was founding principal editor of the Journal of Contemporary Chinese Art (Intellect, est. 2014). He recently co-edited the collected edition Visual Culture Wars at the Borders of Contemporary China (Palgrave Macmillan, 2021), and is author of the monograph, Contemporary Chinese Art, Aesthetic Modernity and Zhang Peili: Towards a Critical Contemporaneity (Bloomsbury, 2019).

The Rail has a tradition of ending our conversations with a poem, and we’re fortunate to have Emily Lee Luan reading.

Emily Lee Luan

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Emily Lee Luan is a Taiwanese American poet and essayist. Her debut poetry collection, 回 / Return, won a Nightboat Poetry Prize and will be published in 2023. She is also the author of I Watch the Boughs, selected by Gabrielle Calvocoressi for a 2020 Poetry Society of America Chapbook Fellowship. A former Margins Fellow at the Asian American Writers’ Workshop and the recipient of a Pushcart Prize, her work has appeared in The Best American Poetry 2021, Best New Poets 2019, American Poetry Review, The Offing, and elsewhere. She holds an MFA in Poetry from Rutgers University-Newark and lives in Brooklyn.

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