Tang Center Symposia


An international symposium in conjunction with the exhibition "Outside-In: Chinese x American x Contemporary Art" on view at the Princeton University Art Museum from 7 March through 7 June 2009.

Saturday, 7 March 2009, 9:00 am-5:30 pm
Helm Auditorium, McCosh 50, Princeton University

Organized by the P.Y. and Kinmay W. Tang Center for East Asian Art and co-sponsored by the Department of Art and Archaeology and the Princeton University Art Museum with additional support from the Blakemore Foundation and the Carpenter Foundation.

symposium Program

"ARTiculations" intends to give voice to the six artists in the exhibition "Outside In" complemented with remarks from several scholars who will offer different perspectives on contemporary art. The major goals of the symposium and the exhibition are to show the great diversity of what we call "Chinese" art today and to illustrate how complex and uncertain the labels "contemporary," "Chinese," and even "American" have become ("art" has always been uncertain).


The featured artists of the exhibition include Arnold Chang, Michael Cherney, Zhi Lin, Liu Dan, Vannessa Tran, and Zhang Hongtu. They are all American citizens; they have all been selected for quality and diversity in style, subject matter, geographical background, gender, and experience; and they are all very fine artists and highly articulate as well.

Symposium Participants


Arnold Chang

Michael Cherney

Zhi Lin

Liu Dan

Vannessa Tran

Zhang Hongtu



Michael Sullivan, Emeritus, University of Oxford

Richard Kraus, Emeritus, University of Oregon

Kuiyi Shen, University of California, San Diego

Britta Erickson, Independent Scholar

Rachael DeLue, Princeton University

Cary Y. Liu, Princeton University Art Museum

symposium schedule

A schedule will be posted at a later date.


Special room block for this symposium: Rooms have been reserved at discount rates on a first-come, first-served basis at the Nassau Inn, at participants' expense. To reserve a room, call the Nassau Inn directly at (800) 862-7728 by 2 February 2009, and ask for the "ARTiculations Symposium, Princeton University" room block or reference number 12224.

Additional hotels and bed-and-breakfasts within a five-mile radius of Princeton University are listed here. We suggest that you make reservations directly with the hostelries as soon as possible.

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