Chinese Art Movement Featured in University Gallery

“Retreat: Reflections on Chinese Apartment Art” will be on display in the University Art Gallery from Oct. 17-Nov. 30.

In the last three decades of the 20th century, apartment art became an important way for Chinese artists to respond to conservative governmental policies that limited or even outlawed the creation and exhibition of contemporary art. This phenomenon took different forms, but in each case, artists and critics developed unique strategies to continue their practice despite political and economic barriers.

This exhibition presents a video produced by graduate students at the University of Pittsburgh that features interviews with eight artists who participated in apartment art in the 1980s and 1990s in Chinese urban centers.

Madeline Eschenburg, a Ph.D. candidate at the University of Pittsburgh, will present “Chinese Apartment Art: Strategies for Creative Autonomy” at 5 p.m. Nov. 16 at the Art Gallery in Ophelia Parrish.

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