Author Talk: Madeleine O’Dea, The Phoenix Years: Art, Resistance, and the Making of Modern China | Downtown Alliance

Author Talk: Madeleine O’Dea, The Phoenix Years: Art, Resistance, and the Making of Modern China

Oct 12, 2017
6:30 PM to 8:00 PM
China Institute
100 Washington Street
New York, NY 10006
(212) 744-8181
The Phoenix Years tells the riveting story of China’s rise from economic ruin to global giant in the four decades since the country started opening to the world in 1978. This remarkable narrative is informed and illuminated by another one running beneath its surface – the story of the country’s emerging artistic avant-garde and the Chinese people’s ongoing struggle for freedom of expression. By following the personal stories of nine contemporary Chinese artists, The Phoenix Years shows how China’s rise unleashed creativity, thwarted hopes and sparked tensions between the individual and the state that continue to this day. It relates the amazing years of self-discovery and hope in the 1980s, which ended in the disaster of the Tiananmen Square massacre. Following that tragedy comes the story of China’s meteoric economic rise, of the opportunities that emerged and the difficult compromises artists and others have to make to be citizens in modern China.
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Location Info

100 Washington Street
2nd Floor
New York, NY 10006