Local Address - Under Pressure: Institutional Practice & China



Thursday, September 29 at 7:30 PM


CP Projects Space

132 W 21st St, 10th floor, New York, New York 10011


The MA Curatorial Practice Program at the School of Visual Arts is pleased to present Under Pressure: Institutional Practice & China, the first panel discussion in the series "Local Address," focusing on cultural issues and institutions from around the world. The series brings significant cultural figures to New York to join in conversation with other experts to hold conversations that explore the pressing local issues that their institutions and communities face today. 


Under Pressure: Institutional Practice & China brings together Philip Tinari, director of the Ullens Center for Contemporary Art, Beijing; Pi Li, artist and Sigg Senior Curator of contemporary Chinese art, M+ Museum of Visual Culture, Hong Kong; and Xiaoyu Weng, Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation Associate Curator of Chinese Art at the Guggenheim Museum, New York.

Beyond the persistent, fraught questions of national representation, today’s inherently global order in which China is at once more connected to and more influential over international dynamics than ever raises new questions: How do institutions contextualize artists working in and with China for local and international audiences as these distinctions become increasingly unstable? How do newly influential actors including the Chinese government and an increasingly aware group of collectors and foundations function to shape what gets presented and how? And in what ways might exhibitions of art from China inflect or contribute to larger conversations in the art world?


Philip Tinari


Philip Tinari has served as director of Beijing’s Ullens Center for Contemporary Art (UCCA) since 2012. In his five-year tenure, he has mounted nearly sixty exhibitions of artists including Robert Rauschenberg, David Diao, William Kentridge, Elmgreen & Dragset, Haegue Yang, Xu Zhen, Liu Wei, Gu Dexin Tino Sehgal, and Kan Xuan, while organizing a wide range of public programs and development activities. He has also introduced a number of initiatives highlighting a new generation of Chinese artists, including the 2013 survey “ON | OFF” and the ongoing exhibition series “New Directions.” Prior to joining UCCA, Tinari was founding editor of LEAP, a bilingual magazine rooted in China’s art scene. He is a contributing editor of Artforum, for whom he previously served as founding editor of artforum.com.cn. In 2015 he was named a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum. He is currently completing a D.Phil. in art history at Oxford and co-curating, with Alexandra Munroe, the survey “Art and China after 1989: Theater of the World,” which opens at the Guggenheim in 2017.


Pi Li


Pi Li is a renowned art critic and curator of contemporary Chinese art, and has served as Sigg Senior Curator at the M+ Museum of Visual Culture since 2012. Pi Li was a lecturer at the Central Academy of Fine Arts, Beijing (2001-2012), where he received a PhD in Art Theory in 2009. He has worked with major institutions in Europe such as the Centre Pompidou, Paris and Tate Modern, London as well as written for various publications internationally, including Artforum, Art Value and Flash Art. He co-founded the Boers-Li Gallery, Beijing, in 2005 and has curated various exhibitions worldwide including Mediacity Seoul 2006 at the Seoul Museum of Art, Super Organism at the Museum of Central Academy of Fine Arts, Beijing (2011) Right is Wrong: Four Decades of Chinese Art in M+ Sigg Collection at Bildemuseet, Umea, Sweden (2014) and most recently, M+ Sigg Collection: Four Decades of Chinese Contemporary Art, Hong Kong (2016).


Xiaoyu Weng


Xiaoyu Weng is the Robert H.N. Ho Family Foundation Associate Curator of Chinese Art at the Guggenheim, having been appointed in 2015. She previously served as the founding director of the Kadist Art Foundation’s Asia Programs, Paris and San Francisco. There, she launched the Kadist Curatorial Collaboration, which organizes exhibitions that stimulate cultural exchange, and she also oversaw artist residencies and the building of the contemporary Asian art collection. Previously, she worked as program director of the Asian Contemporary Art Consortium in San Francisco and as a curator at the Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts at the California College of the Arts (CCA). Educated at the Central Academy of Fine Arts (CAFA) in Beijing and the CCA in San Francisco, she has organized exhibitions and public programs for venues including the Asian Art Museum of San Francisco; CAFA Art Museum, Beijing; Guangdong Times Museum, Guangzhou; Minsheng Art Museum, Shanghai; University of California, Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive; Witte de With Center for Contemporary Art, Rotterdam; and Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco. She is a contributing editor of LEAP, and her essay “Working with Archive” won the Artforum Critical Writing Award in 2011. Her writing also appears in prominent art periodicals, books, and exhibition catalogues, including those published for the 2012 Gwangju Biennial, 2012 Shenzhen Sculpture Biennial, and 2013 Auckland Triennial. Her first exhibition for the Ho Initiative, "Tales of our Time," co-curated with Hou Hanru, will open at the Guggenheim in November.