Faculty Scholar Seminar
"Governing Art Districts: State Control and Cultural Production in Contemporary China"
UIC Assistant Professor
Department of Political Science
Tuesday, April 12, 2011 @ 2:00pm
Great Cities Institute, CUPPAH 400
412 South Peoria, 4th Floor
Chicago, IL 60607
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Contemporary artists have long been marginalized in China as their ideas and lifestyles conflict with the mainstream political ideology. In Beijing, artists often live on the fringe of society in ‘artist villages,’ where they almost always face the threat of being displaced due to political decisions or urban renewal. However, in the past decade, the Beijing municipal government has begun to foster the growth of contemporary Chinese arts and designated underground artist villages as art districts. Prof. Zhang will discuss why the Chinese government’s attitude toward the art community has profoundly changed and how the changes in state governance have influenced the art community and shaped the trajectory of urban transformation in contemporary China.
Professor Zhang’s research focuses on urban politics, comparative politics, Chinese politics, and cultural policy.