Saturday, May 21, 2011

Any interest in a counter exhibit/lecture series to Milwaukee's 'Summer of China'?

Ai Weiwei in Tiananmen Square in 2009 on the 20th anniversary of the massacre.

Dear friends,

Have you seen Mary Louise Schumacher's article:

www.jsonline.com
The Milwaukee Art Museum is about to open a major exhibit organized in cooperation with China. Meanwhile, that country is jailing its contemporary artists, including its most famous living artist, Ai Weiwei.

I am wondering if you know anyone interested in setting up an exhibit and/or lecture series to counter or dialog with the official 'Summer of China' taking place in Milwaukee this summer? I will be in Milwaukee the first few weeks of August and as you already know, I have artwork that talks about issues in contemporary China as well as the outsourcing of US jobs to China and sale of formally Wisconsin owned companies (such as Milwaukee Electric Tool) to China. I've also given lectures on contemporary Chinese art at the Art Institute of Chicago, the College Art Association's annual conference, a number of universities, etc., and helped put together a traveling exhibit of contemporary art from China that went from INOVA to Beloit College to UW-Green Bay to UW-Whitewater.

Since I am out of the country and there is now not much time, I hope that I can reach out to you for help.  Do you know of a venue where we could hold such an exhibition?  other artists that might be interested?

Hope to hear from you soon,

William
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