Incorporating styles and techniques from artistic, cultural traditions is common to artists, who constantly reshuffle and redesign methods from the past to fit a new, modern aesthetic. In adhering to the artist traditions of specific cultures, these artists also honor their history. The current exhibition held at the Centre Gallery of the Miami Dade College Campus Galleries of Art + Design presents 37 works by eight contemporary Chinese artists who remixed the thousand-year old elegant Chinese technique of ink and wash painting on rice paper. “Reshuffling the Past: New Ink Paintings from China,” on view through November 7, is on display at the Wolfson Campus Centre Gallery.
The exhibit was sponsored by the Confucius Institute, which has a chapter at MDC. Of the collaboration, Wanda Texon, Director of Campus Galleries at MDC, said, “It has been a pleasure to continue our collaboration with the Confucius Institute and its director at MDC, Dr. Jim (Xuejun) Yu. This exhibition, which originated in Beijing, is a must-see; the works are of extraordinary quality and may be revelation for those who are not familiar with how many artists from China are combining traditional techniques with those inspired from the West.”
Participating artists include Huai Yi, Jin Weihong, Li Jin, Liu Qinghe, Qian Zhongping, Shen Qin, Wu Yi and Yi Liao. MDC is only one of three colleges (University of Maryland and Binghamton University are the other two) in the United States hosting this international exhibition.
In honor of the exhibition, an opening reception took place on Sept. 2 at the Centre Gallery of the Wolfson Campus. The Confucius Institute at MDC also unveiled its fall program for Chinese calligraphy and other related activities at the college. Chinese food was served in the courtyard and a musician played the ancient Chinese violin, which is found in one of the paintings.
MDC continues to bring elegant, cultural traditions to Miami and, in this exhibit, gives a presence to the history and art of the Chinese, enriching the community.
Reshuffling the Past: New Ink Painting
- When: On view from Aug. 26-Nov. 7.
- Where: Centre Gallery at MDC Wolfson Campus, 300 NE Second Avenue Building 1, Room 1364-65.
For more information, contact MDC Galleries of Art + Design at 305-237-7700.