Here & Now: Chapter III Towards Transculturalism

February 11, 2010 - March 28, 2010


Curated by Zhijian Qian.


Presented in Chapter III of Here & Now: Chinese Artists in New York, Towards Transculturalism includes 4 artists of Chinese descent who endeavor to be part of the transculturalism trend in the era of globalization. Working in varied medium and style, the four featured artists, Emily Cheng, Hung-Chih Peng, YoYo Xiao and Shen Chen share interest in using universal language in their art creations. Although they all have more or less connections with the Chinese art tradition, they pursue methods that are understandable and acceptable to a larger audience on the international level.




Zhijian Qian is an art historian, critic and curator. He is an expert of modern and contemporary Chinese art, and artists of the Chinese diaspora. He is currently a full-time faculty at Parsons The New School for Design. He has also taught Chinese and Asian Art at Drew University, Kean University, Fashion Institute of Technology, and William Paterson University. He was a senior editor of Art Monthly, a Beijing-based art magazine, before he relocated in the United States in 1997. Since the early 1990s, Mr. Qian has been writing broadly on modern and contemporary Chinese art, and he has worked closely with a number of contemporary artists both in and outside China. He is a contributor to a number of books on contemporary Chinese art, including Chinese Art at the End of the Millennium and Encyclopedia of Contemporary Chinese Culture. He has published in Art Journal, Art AsiaPacific, and other journals. His most recent curatorial works include Travelers Between Cultures at Visual Arts Center of New Jersey (2006), East Transplanted West at Kean University (2006) and Here and Now: Chinese Artists in New York at Museum of Chinese in America (2009-10).