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Ink: Zen or Revolution

Date: 06/24/2014 - 07/26/2014

Time: 11:00 AM - 7:00 PM

Location: Quarter Gallery Regis Center for Art (East)

Cost: Free


Ink: Zen or Revolution
A group exhibition of Chinese ink painting and related public programs in celebration of the University of Minnesota’s “China 100 Celebration”

When and Where
June 24 – July 26, 2014
Quarter Gallery, Regis Center for Art
405 21 Avenue South, Minneapolis
Gallery hours are 11 am to 7 pm, Tuesday through Saturday

Public Reception
Friday, July 11, 6:00 – 8:00 pm
Quarter Gallery, Regis Center for Art

Public Symposium
Saturday-Sunday, July 12–13, 10:00 am – 12:00 pm, 2:00 – 4:00 pm
InFlux Space, Regis Center for Art

Accessibility, Cost and Parking
The Regis Center for Art and the Quarter Gallery are wheelchair-accessible. Exhibitions and public programs are free and open to the public. Parking for all events can be conveniently found at the 21 Avenue Ramp, hourly or event rates apply.

Ink: Zen or Revolution is co-sponsored by the University of Minnesota China Center, the Department of Asian Languages and Literature, the Department of Art History, The Minneapolis Institute of Arts, the Weisman Art Museum, the China Central Academy of Fine Arts, and the Tianjin Academy of Fine Arts. This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a Minnesota State Arts Board Operating Support grant, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.
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The Department of Art at the University of Minnesota presents Ink: Zen or Revolution, a group exhibition of Chinese ink painting in celebration of the University of Minnesota’s “China 100 Celebration,” honoring the first students from China at the University of Minnesota and the wealth of connections that have come since. As one of the first universities to resume academic exchanges with China in 1979, the University of Minnesota hopes to continue its strong commitment to developing more exchange and partnership opportunities with China in the next 100 years.

The exhibition surveys a variety of major ink painting styles, from traditional landscape to contemporary abstraction, from conservative to experimental, and from Expressionism to New Romanticism. Some of the participating artists are associated with the Tianjin Academy of Fine Arts, a strategic partner of Department of Art at the University of Minnesota. The Tianjin Academy of Fine Arts and the Department of Art have initiated a collaborative program including student exchanges and faculty exhibitions. Ink: Zen or Revolution is curated by Alexis Kuhr, Associate Professor of Drawing and Painting, and Chair of the Department of Art; and Meng Tang, Lecturer in the Department of Art. Meng Tang is a Chinese national, a graduate of the Department’s MFA Program, and a nominee of the “China 100 Distinguished Chinese Alumni” of the University of Minnesota.

This Exhibition features a selection of powerful ink paintings from Chinese master artists. During the development of modern China over the past 150 years, Chinese intellectual artists have revolutionized the traditional ways of artistic representation, especially in ink painting and calligraphy, which are the traditional forms of art in China. This exhibition explores the development and the diversity of Chinese ink painting in Mainland China today. It focuses on artists who continue to practice “national-style paintings” -- a traditional medium of ink on paper. From their works one can feel the ancient Chinese culture and the western influence.

Artists included in the exhibition: Ji Zi, Chinese Ink Painting Maestro; Lu Jiang, Distinguished Professor and Tianjin Academy of Fine Arts; Liyu Zhang, Deputy Dean of the School of Continuing Education, Tianjin Academy of Fine Arts; Gubo Shen & Xianghong Liu, Chinese Ink Painting Maestros; GongKai Pan, Professor and President, Central Academy of Fine Arts; Guoxi Sun, Professor and Chair of the Department of Art, Tianjin University; Meng Zhang, Associate Professor and Deputy Dean of the New Media School. Tianjin Academy of Fine Arts.

Public Symposium
The Public Symposium will explore the theory and practice of Chinese ink painting and its interwoven relationship with Chinese literary tradition, its significance in the evolution of Chinese art, how it has provided an inspiration to contemporary artists, and how it has functioned as a symbol of Chinese culture in the west. The Public Symposium includes a roundtable discussion with Dr. Liu Yang, Head of Asian Art, Minneapolis institute of Arts (a leading Chinese art historian in the U.S.); Ms. Joan Brzezinski, Executive Director, University of Minnesota China Center; Prof. Joseph Allen, Chair of the Department of East Asian Study, University of Minnesota; Dr. Chunchen Wang, Professor and Curator, Central Academy of Fine Arts (a leading contemporary art historian in China). 

Katherine E. Nash Gallery Mission
The Katherine E. Nash Gallery is a research laboratory for the practice and interpretation of the visual arts. We believe the visual arts have the capacity to interpret, critique, and expand on all of human experience. Our engagement with the visual arts helps us to discover who we are and understand our relationships to each other society. The Katherine E. Nash Gallery will be a center of discourse on the practice of visual art and its relationship to culture and community—a place where we examine our assumptions about the past and suggest possibilities for he future. The Nash Gallery will play an indispensible role in the educational development of students, faculty, staff, and the community. https://art.umn.edu/nash


  • Name: Rachel Kirchgasler
  • E-mail: kirc0110@umn.edu
  • Phone: (612) 624-7900
  • Sponsored by: Katherine E. Nash Gallery


Parking is available in the 21st Avenue ramp, hourly or event rates apply.

More information: http://art.umn.edu

Disability Options:

To request disability accommodations, please contact Rachel Kirchgasler, Department of Art, kirc0110@umn.edu, (612) 624-7900.

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