Both the U.S. and China have set forth new policies for development and management of the Indo-Pacific region. While Chinese President Xi Jinping’s signature Belt and Road Initiative promises infrastructure development, the Trump administration’s Indo-Pacific Strategy seeks to enhance U.S. leadership in the region and integrate efforts to manage a rising China.
Singaporean American novelist Kevin Kwan, known for his satirical novels “Crazy Rich Asians,” “China Rich Girlfriend” and “Rich People Problems,” will present an exclusive conversation on his work that seeks to introduce contemporary Asian culture to an American audience.
We know that war with the People’s Republic of China could happen. But how might it end? Could considering better negotiating strategies inform current approaches to Beijing?
In The Bloodstained Shirt (2018), Chinese artist Wang Qingsong restages in Highland Park, Michigan, an iconic 1959 drawing by Wang Shikuo of peasants rising up against a cruel landlord and triumphantly reclaiming their right to the land. (February 2 - May 26, 2019)
Ai Weiwei is one of the world’s most influential living artists and human rights activists, known for smashing conventions—and pottery—with iconic works like Dropping a Han Dynasty Urn (1995) that upend the cultural traditions and materials of his native China. While his work includes sculpture, installation, photography, film, performance, and architecture, ceramics occupies a singular place in his practice.
Drawn from the museum’s outstanding collection of later-period Chinese jade objects, this exhibition will focus on carved jade representations of mountain landscapes and forms from nature. For both sculptor and viewer, landscape imagery illustrates an understanding of the inseparability of oneself from the surrounding world, where the journey through the mountains is symbolic to the path to an immortal realm.
Many of these garments exemplify a fashion trend of the 1800s: cuffs and hems embellished with embroidered bands, which in turn were often edged with strips of brocaded ribbon. (July 14, 2018 - June 30, 2019)