Aihe Wang, "Other Modernism and Other Communities: Underground Art During Mao’s Cultural Revolution"


Thursday, May 2, 2013, 4:15pm

See also: Workshop

Location: CGIS Building, Room S050, 1730 Cambridge Street, Harvard University

Other Modernism and Other Communities: Underground Art During Mao’s Cultural Revolution
Aihe Wang

Aihe Wang will examine underground art and art communities during China’s Cultural Revolution. Centering on the Wuming (No Name) painting group active in the 1970s, she will show the interconnections between such art practice and community formation. Aihe Wang will set forth three points: As a history, Wuming challenges the orthodox verdicts of the Cultural Revolution; as a community, it reveals novel social forms and forces of grass-roots transformation within a militant society; and as art, it discloses an alternative modernism and modern identity. Underground art and solidarity formed a fresh critique and innovative response to China’s radical revolutionary modernity. Integrating anthropological fieldwork, historical research, and art historical analysis, Aihe Wang engages with the theoretical debates on modernity and its critique in a global and comparative context.

Aihe Wang is currently a member of the Institute for Advanced Study at Princeton and associate professor in the School of Chinese at the University of Hong Kong. Her representative works include Cosmology and Political Culture in Early China (2000/2006) and The Wuming (No Name) Painting Catalogue, 13 volumes, (2009). 

Cosponsored with the Mahindra Humanities Center and the Department of East Asian Languages and Civilizations, Harvard University