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ACAW 09: Transience in Photography

This fascinating discussion between Chinese artist and critical theorist Qui Zhijie and Alexandra Munroe, Senior Curator of Asian Art at the Guggenheim Museum, offers great insight into the creative process of one of China’s foremost multimedia artists. Monroe opens the interview by praising Zhijie’s ability to transcend formal boundaries, a compliment that seems pitifully understated by the end of the program. Zhijie’s combination of vision and technical virtuosity contribute to an oeuvre that is utterly unique and very often breathtaking. His latest exhibit and the centerpiece of this discussion, Ataraxic of Zhuangzi - A Suicidology of the Nanjing Yangtze River Bridge, is an exemplary work. Recorded on May 12, 2009 at the China Institute (1 hour 20 minutes).


Dialogues in Asian Contemporary Art


In collaboration with Clocktower Radio (formerly, Leeza Ahmady, independent curator and director of Asian Contemporary Art Week (ACAW), conducts interviews with artists, curators, critics, and experts working both inside and outside of Asia. The program will include Ahmady's reports from around town and will feature select recordings of conversations, talks, and panel discussions across venues in New York City.

Born in Afghanistan and based in New York, Ahmady is an independent art curator, educator, and noted specialist in art from Central Asia. As the director of Asian Contemporary Art Week (ACAW) at Asia Society, Ahmady brings together leading New York City galleries and museums to participate in special exhibitions, receptions, lectures, and performances citywide.

Asian Contemporary Art Week connects leading New York City galleries and museums in a citywide event comprised of public exhibitions, receptions, lectures and performances. The Week focuses on the broad spectrum of artworks produced by Asian contemporary artists working in their home countries and abroad. Asian Contemporary Art Week is organized by Asian Contemporary Art Consortium. Clocktower Radio is a media sponsor for the events and the recordings collected over the years are available in this section of the archive.

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