Exhibition at Princeton Highlights the Deeper Meanings of “Chinese” Art
In the New York Times, Benjamin Genocchio reviews the “Outside In: Chinese x American x Contemporary Art” exhibition at Princeton University, going on until June 7:
What is meant by “Chinese” art in our age of globalization and transnational migration? To answer that question, Jerome Silbergeld, Cary Y. Liu and Dora Ching, the curators of “Outside In: Chinese x American x Contemporary
Art” at the Princeton University Art Museum, have selected six artists who are all United States citizens but have some connection to China. The result is a smart, visually impressive but somewhat strange and idiosyncratic exhibition.
Four of the artists are ethnically Chinese but either live or have lived in the United States. One is an American living in China; another is an American-born Vietnamese living in Everett, Wash., who has adopted Chinese art and culture as her own. I am all for shaking up the categories of national identity and cultural affiliation, but I wonder how this group can realistically be said to exemplify contemporary Chinese art or, as the catalog puts it, “Chinese-ness.”