November 6 to December 20, 2013 | University of Maryland Art Gallery, Art-Sociology Building, UMD
The Art Gallery at the University of Maryland, College Park, presents an exhibition of works by
Nobel Prize in Literature winner Gao Xingjian. This exhibition specifically focuses on Gao’s
brush-and-ink paintings and films. In conjunction with the exhibition, The Art Gallery will host
a reception on Dec. 4 celebrating Mr. Gao and his multifaceted artistic career.
Gallery hours of operation: Tues - Fri: 11 a.m.- 4 p.m. Saturday: 1 p.m.- 4 p.m.
Public events related to the visit of Gao Xingjian:
Dec. 3 (Tuesday):
11 a.m. - 1 p.m. Gao Xingjian in conversation in Chinese with Professor Jason Kuo (Dept. of Art History and Archaeology). Room 0302-H Hornbake Library, UMD.
2 - 3:30 p.m. Gao in conversation in French with Prof. Caroline Eades (Chair of French Program). Multi-purpose Room, St. Mary’s Hall / the Language House, UMD.
Dec. 4 (Wednesday):
5 - 7:30 p.m. Reception, Art Gallery, Art-Sociology Building, UMD.
6:15 p.m. During the Reception at the Art Gallery, Gao Xingjian will be in conversation
with Prof. Jason Kuo, in Chinese, with Q and A to follow.
Dec. 5 (Thursday):
2 - 3:30 p.m. Staged reading and discussion in Chinese and French of plays by Gao Xingjian. Prof. Ester Kim Lee (UMD) with Prof. Claire Conceison, Duke University.
The Cafritz Foundation Theater, Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center, UMD.
4 - 6 p.m. Reception, hosted by the Asian American Studies Program (AAST).
Room 1145, Cole Student Activities Building, UMD.
About the artist: Born in 1940, in Jiangxi Province, China, Gao Xingjian is the first Chinese recipient of the Nobel Prize in Literature. Gao's interest in theater, writing, and all-things-creative was instilled at an early age by his mother, an amateur actress. He began painting at age ten after his uncle gave him a notebook for his birthday, and it was in this book where he first began writing and drawing concurrently. Through the course of Gao Xingjian's prolific career, he has had nearly 30 international exhibitions of his ink paintings, and has illustrated the covers of all his books. For a more complete bio of Gao, please visit this site.
This exhibition was organized by The Art Gallery at the UMD, and curated by Professor Jason C. Kuo (Art History and Archaeology), with the support of the Department of Art History and Archaeology, the Center for East Asian Studies, the Wang Fangyu Endowment for Calligraphy Education, the Program in Chinese, the Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures, the Program in French, the Department of French and Italian, the Program in Asian American Studies, the Program in Film Studies, the Graduate Field Committee in Film Studies, and the School of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures, all at the University of Maryland, College Park.