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Past in Reverse

Contemporary Art of East Asia

Press Release

Hood Museum of Art Shows Major Group Exhibition of Contemporary Asian Art

Past in Reverse: Contemporary Art of East AsiaJanuary 14-March 12, 2006

Hanover, N.H.—On January 14, the Hood Museum of Art at Dartmouth College will unveil a major exhibition from the San Diego Museum of Art featuring works by more than twenty established and up-and-coming artists and artists' groups from mainland China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Japan, and South Korea. The show explores artistic trends throughout the region. The exhibition's premise is borrowed from a common practice shared by these artists—namely, using the past to map the future. Ranging in age from their twenties to their fifties and working with both traditional materials and new technologies, the artists in Past in Reverse represent the region's tremendous contemporary influence and deep cultural complexity. The exhibition provides American viewers with a rare look at work from several artistic communities in Asia that are gaining a foothold on the world cultural stage.

An opening lecture will be presented on Friday, January 13, at 4:30 p.m. in Loew Auditorium by Betti-Sue Hertz, Curator of Contemporary Art, San Diego Museum of Art. A reception hosted by the Friends of Hopkins Center and Hood Museum of Art will follow in Kim Gallery. Other public programming highlights will include a teen workshop, a Family Day, and a special afternoon of presentations by Melissa Chiu, Director of the Asia Society, New York, and internationally renowned artist Wenda Gu.

Through paintings, photography, video, digital media, and sculpture, Past in Reverse asserts the interrelated cultural identities of East and West while connecting art with current geopolitical conditions. Reflecting the emergence of East Asia in the global economic and political arena, these artistic innovations open a window to a rich blend of cultural specificity and cross-cultural interdependency. They also shape fresh readings of contemporary society by extending or redefining both traditional and modernist visual languages. This process of self-evaluation and discovery, as well as this experimentation with new technologies, has yielded a host of challenging solutions that welcome the seduction of historical reference and its ability to propel us toward the future. Some of the featured artists include Soun-gui Kim, Cai Guo-Qiang, Wang Qingsong, Yang Fudong, Hiroshi Fuji, Michael Lin, Leung Mee Ping, and Hung Yi.

This exhibition was organized by the San Diego Museum of Art, with major support provided by the Emily Hall Tremaine Foundation. Its presentation at the Hood Museum of Art is generously funded by the Marie-Louise and Samuel R. Rosenthal Fund; the Hansen Family Fund; the Ray Winfield Smith 1918 Fund; and the Leon C. 1927, Charles L. 1955, and Andrew J. 1984 Greenebaum Fund.

The Hood Museum of Art at Dartmouth College is an accredited member of the American Association of Museums (AAM) and is sited by AAM as a national model. The Hood is located in the heart of downtown Hanover, N.H., in an award-winning building designed by Charles Moore. The museum's outstanding and diverse collections include American portraits, paintings, watercolors and drawings, silver and decorative arts, European Old Master prints and drawings, paintings and sculpture, Ancient, Asian, African, Oceanic, and Native American collections from almost every period in history to the present. The Hood regularly features its collections and organizes major traveling exhibitions as well as featuring major exhibitions from around the country. The museum provides a rich diversity of year-round public programs.

Admission is free of charge. Operating Hours: Closed Monday; Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Wednesday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Sunday, 12 noon to 5 p.m. Hood Museum of Art Gift Shop offers items inspired by the collections and exhibitions. The Hood is wheelchair accessible and offers assistive listening devices. For further accessibility requests, please contact the museum