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Contemporary Art in Beijing: Pressures of Change, Balance and Spirit

Release Date:
2/29/2012 1:13 PM

Friends of the UNH Library Present a Lecture on Art in Beijing

University of New Haven: Contemporary Chinese Art, Qiu Zhijie, events, Bavid Brubaker 
This oil-drum dragon by Qiu Zhijie guards the CAFA Biennale art exhibition in Beijing. In traditional Chinese culture, dragons are benevolent guardians that rule the waters. The use of oil drums suggests a tension between the natural and modern worlds – a theme that is highly prevalent in contemporary Chinese art, according to UNH philosophy lecturer David Brubaker.


The Friends of the UNH Library will host a presentation by David Brubaker on Wednesday, March 22, about art in Beijing and the concerns and expectations artists are expressing through their works.

Today, Beijing is a place of pressures, creativity and promising changes. Artists often address issues regarding cultural direction and social harmony. By displaying and analyzing a variety of images, Brubaker will attempt to share some of the current concerns and expectations that artists in Beijing express through their artworks.


Thursday, March 22, 3 p.m.


Marvin K. Peterson Library


David Brubaker is a philosophy lecturer at UNH. He earned a Ph.D. in aesthetics from the University of Illinois at Chicago, and an M.F.A. in painting from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. He has published articles in the Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism, Journal of Value Inquiry, Analecta Husserliana and Film and Philosophy. He has also authored book chapters in Interrogating Ethics and Subversive Strategies in Chinese Contemporary Art.  Brubaker is active as a painter and printmaker and his art reviews appear in artinASIA, KuArt and Chinese Social Science.

In October 2011, he was invited to speak at the Songzhuang Art Festival, as well as the Academic Forum and at the National Museum of China, which marked the 30th  Anniversary of the China Academy of Painting.