Jie Li Talk
Thursday, April 24, 2014, 4:30PMNewhouse Center for the Humanities, Green Hall/Free and Open to the Public
Madame Mao and Cinema: Actress, Critic, Censor and Producer
Professor Jie Li, from Harvard, will focus on Jiang Qing’s lifelong relationship to cinema, her personal cinephilia and cinephobia and its impact on Chinese film history.
Smithsonian Senior Curator John Hanhardt
Tuesday, April 29, 2014, 4:30PMNewhouse Center for the Humanities, Green Hall/Free and Open to the Public
In Conversation with Francesc Torres
John Hanhardt, in conversation with Mellon Visiting Artist Francesc Torres, will discuss the impact that time-based art in general, and multimedia installation in particular, had in the 1970's in shaping the contemporary art museum as an active agent in the creation of new art, a radical departure from the museum's traditional role as a receiver and preserver of already stablished work. This transformation had no precedent at the time and it constitutes a landmark in the art history the second half of the XX Century.
Hanhardt has been the senior curator of film and media arts at the Smithsonian American Art Museum since September 2006. He is responsible for a media arts initiative at the museum which includes acquisitions, exhibitions, educational programs and archival research resources related to film, video and the media arts. Hanhardt was the senior curator of film and media arts at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York City from 1996 to 2006. From 1974 to 1996, he was curator and head of the film and video department at the Whitney Museum of American Art. Before that, he established the film department and film study collection at the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota.