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WANG YOUSHEN: A Double Exhibition

Date: 05/21/2013

Time: 11:00 AM - 7:00 PM

Location: Quarter Gallery Regis Center for Art (East)

Cost: Free


WANG YOUSHEN: A Double Exhibition
Two photography exhibitions in Minneapolis by Chinese artist Wang Youshen

Exhibition Dates
May 21 – June 22, 2013

Exhibition Locations and Hours
Quarter Gallery
Regis Center for Art, University of Minnesota
405 21st Avenue South, Minneapolis, 612/624-7530
Parking available nearby at the 21st Avenue ramp, hourly or event rates apply
Gallery hours are 11 am to 7 pm, Tuesday through Saturday

Mpls Photo Center
2400 N. 2nd Street, Minneapolis, 612/643-3511
Parking is available on site, free of charge
Gallery hours are 11 am to 9 pm, Monday through Thursday; 11 am to 6 pm, Friday through Sunday

Accessibility and Cost
The Quarter Gallery and the Mpls Photo Center are wheelchair-accessible. The exhibitions and public receptions are free and open to the public.

Related Events

Sunday, May 19 at the Mpls Photo Center
3:00 – 6:00 pm Public Reception with Wang Youshen
4:00 – 4:30 pm Artist Forum and Discussion with Wang Youshen

Tuesday, May 21, 2013 at the Quarter Gallery
5:00 – 5:30 pm Public Program with Wang Youshen
6:00 - 7:30 pm Public Reception with Wang Youshen

The Department of Art at the University of Minnesota and the Mpls Photo Center present WANG YOUSHEN: A Double Exhibition.

WANG will be displayed at the Quarter Gallery in the Regis Center for Art. The concept for this exhibition is derived from the artist’s family name, which is also the most common surname shared by 92,880,000 people in China, accounting for 7.25% of the country’s total population. Wang is kinship, ethnic groups and the public context of relationship. Photographs made in China and in Minneapolis will be displayed on the walls and hanging from the ceiling.

YOUSHEN will be displayed at the Mpls Photo Center. The concept for this exhibition is coexistence, with a focus on the private things in life that are internal, micro issues. The exhibition will include 36 groups of photographs from the series The Whole Story of the Death of My Grandmother, created between 1989 and 1994. For this installation, the gallery will be converted into a “darkroom” space, stressing the process aspect of the work.

Wang Youshen was born in Beijing in 1964 and began his artistic training at the Beijing Art Academy when he was 16. Upon his graduation he chose to continue his training at the Art Academy's Folk Art Department and majored in illustration and graphic art. As a teenage student during the 1980's, the exciting artistic milieu had a marked influence on his development and philosophies. As with other young artists at that time, he went through various styles, from classical to modern and experimented with all kinds of materials. The 1985 art movement was in essence about subverting the art training of the academy. Wang Youshen became one of the few well-known installation artists in China.

The selection of the materials has always been of primary concern in his work. He is particularly interested in various forms of printing. His works "Newspaper" Series" used newspapers as raw material, covering a portion of the Great Wall with one issue of the Beijing Youth Daily. In another, he printed an issue directly onto fabric, transforming curtains, clothes and even bed sheets. This served to introduce a very public item into a private domestic arena. His work "Before and After My Grandmother Passed Away" was a photographic record of a portion of his grandmother's life exposed to the public. "Washing: 1941, Datong, Ten Thousand Men in Ditch" was carried out to coincide with the Fiftieth Year Commemoration of the Second World War and a detailed report of an incident during the war where hundreds of thousands of Chinese were buried alive by the Japanese in Datong in 1941. In the exhibition water was recycled through shower equipment while washing the photographs in the bath. This physical washing of the images eventually caused the photographic images to disappear and to signify that as water washes the images away, time too will eventually wash people's memories clear of the hurt that occurred during the war.

Wang Youshen: A Double Exhibition was organized by Thomas Rose, Professor of Sculpture at the University of Minnesota. 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.

Department of Art Mission
The Department of Art provides an introduction to the practice of art for all students as well as immersive training for emerging artists. We promote creative expression and conceptual development through a broad range of art disciplines and practices. Initial experiences emphasizing traditional methods are supplemented at intermediate and advanced levels by experimental processes. We offer courses in painting and drawing, photography, printmaking, sculpture, ceramics and experimental media (EMA). Students pursue their work in our state of the art facilities, mentored by our faculty, all artists recognized in their fields.

Mpls Photo Center Mission
The Mpls Photo Center is where photo professionals and enthusiasts alike come together to work and learn, to discover and experience, to create, exhibit and become members of this unique community dedicated to photography and all its media and processes. http://www.mplsphotocenter.com/



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


Parking is available nearby at the 21st Avenue ramp. Hourly and event rates will apply.

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

Disability Options:

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

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