A Moment in Beijing:

Su Xinping, Weng Yunpeng and Jizi

August 23, 2019 - February 2, 2020

A Moment in Beijing presents the work of three artists - Su Xinping (born 1960), Weng Yunpeng (born 1964) and Jizi (1941-2015).  Although all three artists have been based in Beijing, China, each comes from very different backgrounds, reflective in part of the multi-layered changes that have shaped China's political, social, and economic landscape over generations. Through a diverse range of media including painting, printmaking, drawing, and video, these artists reference a rich cultural past viewed at once through a contemporary lens. 

 

By viewing the work of these three artists brought together for the first time, visitors gain access to a reflective journey that captures a snapshot of two visits made by the curator to Beijing in 2015 and 2018. Scratching the surface of this vibrant city, what was perhaps most memorable from that time was the collision of old and new-a deep appreciation of a rich cultural history, articulated in an ever-expansive contemporary language. In response, this exhibition challenges the still commonly-held dyad of 'West and Other,' dispelling misperceptions of a homogenous 'Chinese Contemporary Art,' and instead celebrating the cultural and creative heterogeneity experienced within even the smallest Moment in Beijing

Artists

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Jizi

Chinese artist Jizi, also known as Wang Yunshan (1941-2015) began his artistic career in the late 1950s. Internationally regarded for his large-scale ink paintings and scrolls, Jizi utilized traditional Chinese materials to create contemporary readings of Chinese cultural consciousness. Jizi's inspiration grew from both historical and new philosophies on spirituality including the “Dao,” meaning path or journey. Among other institutions, his work has been exhibited at the Weisman Art Museum in Minneapolis, Minnesota, the Jinji Lake Art Museum in Suzhou, China, and the Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum at Michigan State University. 

Image courtesy of Dr. Wang Chunchen
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Su Xinping

Born in 1960 in Jining, Inner Mongolia, Su Xinping is currently a professor and Deputy Head of Printmaking at the China Central Academy of Fine Arts (CAFA) in Beijing. Xinping creates paintings, prints, and video that range from landscapes to portraiture. Su Xinping addresses both personal and collective narratives, illustrating the impact of urbanization on people and their communities, as well as his own journey from the grassland of Inner Mongolia to the city of Beijing. Xinping's work has been exhibited at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the Portland Art Museum, the Singapore Art Museum, the Shanghai Art Museum, and his work is also included in the collections of the British Museum, the National Gallery of Australia, and the Museum Ludwig in Cologne, Germany, among others. 

Image courtesy of the artist.
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Weng Yunpeng

Since the 1990s, Weng Yunpeng has been creating paintings, photographs, and video work that engage social and political themes. Yunpeng studied painting at the East China Normal University and received his M.A. in painting at the Central Academy of Fine Arts (CAFA). His paintings often illustrate contemporary Chinese landscapes, cityscapes, and intimate interior spaces that feature in varying sizes, televisions depicting political leaders or political events. In doing so, Yunpeng addresses how the media plays a role in shaping perceptions of regional and global identities. Yunpeng's work has been exhibited at the Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum at Michigan State University and widely throughout East Asia including the Guangdong Museum of Art, the National Art Museum of China, and the Minsheng Art Museum. 

Image courtesy of the artist.

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Staff Profile Caitlín Doherty

Caitlín Doherty

Director

Caitlín Doherty has engaged with artists, students, and communities around the world throughout a career that spans Scotland, Ireland, Qatar, and the United States. She joined MOCA Jacksonville as Director in March 2017.

 Prior to taking the helm at MOCA, Doherty served as chief curator and deputy director of curatorial affairs at the Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum at Michigan State University. Broad MSU - housed in the striking, 46,000 square-foot Zaha Hadid-designed building - serves as both a teaching institution and a cultural hub for the East Lansing region. During her tenure at Broad MSU, Doherty provided leadership and artistic vision, defining the interdisciplinary scope and direction of the institution's exhibitions, collections, education, and public programs, and ensuring that they reflected a commitment to artistic experimentation, excellence, and public access. 

 From 2012 to 2015, she served as exhibitions and speaker curator at Virginia Commonwealth University in Qatar, a branch campus of the VCU School of Arts in Richmond, VA. There she organized major exhibitions of international contemporary art and design.

 From 2005 to 2008, Doherty worked as the inaugural director of Lismore Castle Arts, one of Ireland's leading contemporary art galleries. She taught art history, design history, and museum and gallery studies at Ireland's Waterford Institute of Technology from 2008 to 2010 and has regularly guest lectured at other institutions internationally. During her tenure in Ireland, Doherty also directed the interdisciplinary arts and cultural initiative Artswave, a flagship European Union arts and culture project, and acted as visual arts coordinator for Garter Lane Arts Centre.

 Doherty was born on South Uist, a small island in the Outer Hebrides in Northwest Scotland. She holds master's degrees in art history from the University of Edinburgh and in museum and gallery studies from the University of St. Andrews, both in Scotland.