“Serious Pop! Social Commentary in Asian Pop Culture,” continues with a session on J-Rap, films, an exhibit, and a concert by a pioneer of Chinese rock music.
Sponsored by East
Asian Studies, the series is made possible with support from the Freeman
Following is a
chronological listing of events:
Through May 18, Mandeville Gallery
Luo brothers exhibition:
Luo Brothers – Welcome the World Famous Brand is
an exhibition of paintings by the Chinese trio of brothers Luo Weidong, Luo
Weiguo, and Luo Weibing, who live and work together in Beijing.
Their work blends traditional, Cultural Revolution, and consumer culture
imagery in paintings that burst with color and overflow with action. This
exhibition is on display at the Mandeville Gallery in the Nott Memorial. Hours
are Monday – Thursday, 9 a.m.–10 p.m.;
Friday, 9 a.m.–5 p.m.; Saturday,
Noon–5 p.m.; and Sunday, Noon–10 p.m.
For details and a complete
May 1, 7:30
p.m., Arts Building
J-Pop music culture presentation
Presentation on J-Pop music culture by Ian Condry (MIT)
and Jennifer Milioto Matsue (Dartmouth).
No film will be shown this week.
May 8, 7:30
p.m., F. W. Olin Center
Beijing Bastards (1993, Directed by Zhang Yuan) Beijing Bastards has been called the first “independent” Chinese
film. The film revolves around Cui Jian, a kind of Chinese Bruce Springsteen,
who also helped write the film and partly produced it. In the film, several
friends and acquaintances of a woman set out to look for her after she
attempted suicide for completely incomprehensible reasons. During their quest,
the viewer is a witness to the different cultures in the city. A real rock 'n'
roll star (Cui Jian) tries to organize a concert and is thwarted by the
May 15, 4:30–6:30
p.m., Mandeville Gallery
Luo Brothers closing reception:
Closing reception for the exhibition Luo Brothers –
Welcome the World Famous Brand, at the Mandeville Gallery in the Nott
May 16, 8
p.m., Memorial Chapel
Cui Jian concert
Cui Jian (pronounced “sway jen”) is China's
most famous rock musician. The pioneer of rock music in China,
Cui has sold more than 10 million records. He became a pop culture icon during
and after the Tiananmen Square incident in 1989. His two
most recent albums, Balls Under the Red Flag and The Power of the
Powerless, received governmental criticism at home and critical acclaim
outside of China.
Cui has worked for years under a de facto performance ban in China,
his gigs limited to a few bars in Beijing.
His work explores the Chinese national character, a subject of chronic
sensitivity for the Chinese government. Cui has toured in Asia,
Europe, and North America. Visit www.cuijian.com.