Escape the heat and take a free gander at the social media-inspired exhibit We Chat: A Dialogue in Contemporary Chinese Art at Asia Society Texas Center now through Thursday, June 30, 2016.
Already on display, this edgy and illuminating exhibition showcases the artwork of ten young Chinese artists and illustrates how global communication via social media is influencing local culture in China.
The exhibition was inspired by WeChat, an immensely popular Chinese mobile messaging app (picture a mash-up of Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter on a single app). Despite strict control of mass media in China, WeChat has enabled global attitudes and perspectives to come in and influence local culture.
We Chat: A Dialogue in Contemporary Chinese Art
As the Chinese app is widely considered an integral part of daily communication, it transmits ideas, perspectives, and philosophies from outside China’s borders.
This new exhibition examines the outcome of these new influences, featuring a mix of Chinese artists who live in China and abroad. The combined works show how digital global interaction transcends local culture.
The exhibit features the works of CHEN Wei, GUO Xi, JIN Shan, Pixy Yijun LIAO, LIU Chuang, LU Yang, MA Qiusha, SHI Zhiying, SUN Xun, and Bo WANG. (Note that the artists’ surnames appear in all capital letters).
Free Admission in June
Just as the summer heat finally settles in, Asia Society is welcoming all to visit the exhibition at no cost throughout the rest of the month.
Admission is free to all through Thursday, June 30, 2016. The exhibition’s final day is Sunday, July 3, 2016.
About Asia Society Texas Center
With 12 locations throughout the world, Asia Society is the leading education organization promoting mutual understanding and strengthening partnerships among the peoples, leaders and institutions of Asia and the United States.
Asia Society Texas Center executes the global mission with a local focus, enriching and engaging the vast diversity of Houston through innovation, relevant programs in arts and culture, business and policy, education, and community outreach.
We Chat: A Dialogue in Contemporary Chinese Art at Asia Society Texas Center
- Dates: Through Sunday, July 3, 2016 (Free through Thursday, June 30, 2016)
- Times: Tuesdays to Fridays 11am to 6pm; Saturdays and Sundays 10am to 6pm
- Location: Asia Society Texas Center, 1370 Southmore Blvd, Houston, TX 77004
- Parking: Free lot and street parking is available in the surrounding area
- Admission: Free through Thursday, June 30, 2016. Click here for more information.
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