IU-Administered Summer Program conducted in partnership with the Central Academy of Fine Arts. May 14 – June 17, 2012
The program host, Central Academy of Fine Arts (中央美術学院), is considered the very top art institute in China. It is the only advanced academy of fine arts under direct charge of the Department of Education. Renowned faculties from CAFA will co-teach special topics in the program – bridging traditional Chinese art materials to contemporary practices. The projects will allow students from all areas to experiment with new ideas and styles, while simultaneously advancing work in their favored medium. The course will be conducted in the form of lectures, demonstrations, studio practices, cultural lessons, and extensive field trips.
Contemporary Chinese art has drawn international attention since the 1990s. With new economic and cultural openness and the growing middle-class, China has produced a booming art scene that plays an important role in current artistic discourse. Beyond the exciting new developments, the main attraction to China is its ancient past. With a long and rich history, Chinese art symbolizes one of the highest cultural sophistications in the ancient world. Countless historical monuments and architectural wonders offer ample sources of inspiration. Interdisciplinary Studio Art Practice in China provides a unique work experience wherein the participants can record and render their impressions surrounded by the remains of the traditional and the energy of the Twentieth Century. The program will be conducted in Beijing – the economical, political, and cultural capital of China.