Hall Center For The Humanities


Town & Gown Forum

Made in China: Observations and Understanding
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Fri., Feb. 2, 2007, 9:30am - 11:30am
Location: Spencer Museum of Art Central Court & Galleries
*Co-sponsored by the Spencer Museum of Art and the Hall Center for the Humanities.
*This forum is free and open to the public.

Join us for the morning as KU faculty members offer a series of gallery presentations about the exhibition Made in China: Observations and Understanding which is on view at the Spencer Museum until February 4.

Presenters Include:
Mohamed El- Hodiri, Economics
Joane Nagel, Sociology
John Pultz, Art History
Peter Thompson, Art (emeritus)
Fiona Yap, Political Science
Pok-Chi Lau, Design (moderator)

The exhibition Made in China, organized by design professors Pok-Chi Lau and May Tveit, offers a unique window on the world's manufacturing epicenter, as seen through the eyes-and digital cameras-of 24 multidisciplinary KU students and the two faculty members who made a month-long pilgrimage to China in the summer of 2006. The students represent a variety of disciplines, including design, art, anthropology, political science, linguistics, architecture, history and art history.

The exhibition installation diverges from what may be perceived as a typical museum presentation-rather than labeling each work and identifying the artists individually, the photographs are clustered in profusion, affixed to deep red walls with ordinary pushpins, as are dozens of yellow tags with personal quotes revealing students' experiences and observations while abroad.
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