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Meeting Intellectuals in the Spring Hills | Jennifer Wen Ma: Curiosity Killed the Cat, Made the Artis

  • 2020.05.11
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 Theme: Curiosity Killed the Cat, Made the Artist


 Lecturer: Jennifer Wen Ma, Visual Artist


Content: In this lecture, Jennifer Wen Ma will guide us to appreciate the artworks she created in the last 10 years, and show us how to understand the world through curiosity and enable her artworks to be provocative, beautiful, and introspective.


Time: 11 May 2020 (Monday) 20:30-21:30


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Jennifer Wen Ma (1973, Beijing, China) is a visual artist who moved to the United States in 1986, and received the Master of Fine Art degree in 1999 from Pratt Institute, New York. Ma works and lives between New York and Beijing. Ma's interdisciplinary practice bridges varied media such as installation, drawing, video, public art, design, performance, and theatre; often bringing together unexpected elements in a single piece, creating sensitive, poetic and poignant works.


Projects include Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art, Charleston, 2019; Tang Contemporary Art, Beijing, 2018; Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, 2017; Cass Sculpture Foundation; Qatar Museums, 2016; The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; Flux Projects, Atlanta; Market Square Public Art Program, Pittsburgh, 2015; 5x5 Monument Park, Washington DC; Vancouver Art Gallery, 2014; Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, New York, 2013; Cambio Cultural, Belo Horizonte, Brazil, 2013; Performa 13, New York, 2013; Hanart Square, Hong Kong, 2013; Ullens Center For Contemporary Art, Beijing, 2012; Eslite Gallery, Taipei, 2012; The Republic of China Centennial Grand Countdown, Taipei, 2010; Biennale of Sydney, 2010; Echigo-Tsumari Triennial, Japan, 2009; The Phillips Collection, Washington, DC, 2009; Guggenheim Bilbao, Spain, 2009; Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, 2008; the National Art Museum of China, Beijing, 2008, and others.


In 2015, Ma conceived, co-wrote, visually designed and directed installation opera Paradise Interrupted. It was previewed at the Temple of Dendur, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, and had its premiere at Spoleto Festival USA, Charleston, in 2015. It was performed at Lincoln Center Festival, New York, and Singapore International Festival of Arts in 2016; National Kaohsiung Center for the Arts, Kaohsiung, and National Theatre and Concert Hall, Taipei in 2018; and MGM Cotai Theatre, 2019. In 2008, Ma was one of seven members on the core creative team for the opening and closing ceremonies of the Beijing Olympics, and the chief designer for visual and special effects. Public art projects include Nature and Man in Rhapsody of Light at the Water Cube, The National Aquatic Center, Beijing, 2013; In-Between World—Daydream Nation, Digital Beijing Building, 2008; Aeolian Garden, city of Colle di Val d'Elsa, Italy, 2005, among others.


Ma was a recipient of the 2019 Anonymous Was a Woman Award, the "Music Theatre NOW" Award in 2016, and an Emmy Award for the US broadcast of the Beijing Olympics opening ceremony in 2008.


Jennifer Wen Ma's Works


Paradise Interrupted


Hanging Garden in Ink

Cry Joy Park---Fold


Meeting Intellectuals in the Spring Hills


 "Meeting Intellectuals in the Spring Hills" is one of the University's lecture series where the University will invite social elites in such fields as culture and arts to share with our students in form of salon or lecture to promote a discussion of thought-provoking issues or soul-searching experiences. During the lectures, everyone will have a chance to listen and respond on their world views, their aspirations, and intellectual taste in life.