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Wu Hung is a leading art historian and contemporary art critic and curator. At this symposium keynote lecture, he explores the developmental logic of “new photography” in China after the Cultural Revolution in a twofold sense: while the shifting focuses, styles and technology characterize a series of interconnected movements or stages, they also indicate the country’s deepening globalization and commercialization.

This lecture was presented as the annual Stoikov Lecture on Asian Art at the Johnson Museum, funded by a generous gift from Judith Stoikov, Class of 1963, and held as part of a symposium in conjunction with the exhibition “Between Performance and Documentation: Contemporary Photography and Video from China,” curated by Nancy P. Lin, Klarman Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of History of Art and Visual Studies, and Ellen Avril, chief curator and the Judith H. Stoikov Curator of Asian Art at the Johnson Museum, Cornell University (August 26–December 17, 2023).

An elected member of the American Academy of Art and Science and the American Philosophic Society, Wu Hung is the founder and director of the Center for the Art of East Asia at the University of Chicago. He has received the Distinguished Teaching Award (2008) and Distinguished Scholar Award (2018) from the College of Art Association (CAA), an Honorary Degree in Arts from Harvard University (2019), and the Distinguished Lifetime Achievement Award for Writing on Art from CAA (2022).

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