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Exhibition - Whose Utopia
An exhibition by Guangzhou artist, Cao Fei at The Orange County Museum of Art. Exhibition will last from June 30, 2007 - Sept. 2, 2007
Saturday, June 30, 2007
11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Orange County Museum of Art
850 San Clemente Drive
Newport Beach, CA 92660
The Orange County Museum of Art launches the Pacific Initiative, an ongoing series of exhibitions, artist residencies, and international collaborations to build relationships with artists and institutions in Asia and Latin America. Cao Fei: Whose Utopia, the first of these projects, presents the work of Cao, an artist born in Guangzhou, Guangdong, who addresses the complexities of the rapidly shifting contemporary moment. The artist spent six months at the OSRAM China Lighting Ltd., a factory in the Pearl River Delta in China, a major manufacturing base for everyday products for Chinese and foreign markets that has drawn workers from throughout China in search of economic opportunities and a better life. The installation is anchored by a video, Whose Utopia, and includes the everyday personal mementos and metal bunk beds present in the workers dormitories. The video is an eerily beautiful portrait of the factory and of the workers’ daily lives, fantasies, and aspirations. Scenes from the flow of the regular workday are interspersed with performances by a peacock dancer, a ballerina dressed as an angel, an electric guitar player, and a break dancer.
Whose Utopia is presented in collaboration with the Walter & McBean Galleries at the San Francisco Art Institute. Cao Fei: Whose Utopia was organized by Aimee Chang, OCMA curator of contemporary art.
Students (w/ valid ID) & Seniors (65+): $8
Children under 12: free
Thursdays are free!
Sponsor(s): UCLA Center for Chinese Studies
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