Monumental Portraits Series: Miner Portraits and Chinese Historical Figures

. April 1, 2016.
28244_xu-weixin-signature

An acclaimed artist and Professor of painting at Renmin University in Beijing, Xu Weixin’s work always expresses his interest in the human condition and establishes an emotional connection. Now on display on the second floor of the University of Michigan Museum of Art are two parts of his powerful Monumental Portraits Series: Miner Portraits and Chinese Historical Figures: 1966-1976. The subjects for the first part of the series depicts coal mine workers that face harsh conditions in contemporary China. The second part of the series shows portraits of men and women who lived through one of the most turbulent times in Chinese history — the Cultural Revolution, when communist and Maoist ideology took firm hold of China’s political structure. These single-person portraits invite audiences to look past, or even ignore, accepted historical and political narratives and connect with the subjects on a human level. Runs through Saturday, May 28. 

 

11am-5pm | Tuesday-Saturday | Noon-5pm Sunday.
$10/suggested donation.
UMMA | 525 S. State St.
734-764-0395 | umma.umich.edu

Trending

Brandon Grafius Readying Release of Highways and Backroads

Highways and Backroads comes out May 31   Brandon Grafius is at the forefront of a new wave of folk revivalists, or maybe we should say folk preservationists? Really, Grafius has his own splendid signature laced through the rousing-yet-breezy arrangements on Highways and Backroads, a full-length album he’ll be releasing at the end of May. Grafius is

Faster, Higher, Stronger at 2018 Cannabis Olympics

Local budtenders ply skills at first ever Washtenaw County Cannabis Competition

Youth Poets Turn Up the Volume

19 Writers Competed for Poetry Slam Title

Ani in Ann Arbor: A Look at 6 of the Singer-Songwriter’s A2 Shows

Photos from the archive show Ani DiFranco through the years in Ann Arbor.