Thursday, April 6, 2017


Student Picks is a SCMA program in which Smith students organize their own one-day art show using our collection of works on paper. This month’s student curator and guest blogger Julia Xu '19 discusses her show Let Them In: Community in Asian Art which will be on view FRIDAY, April 7 from 12-4 PM in the Cunningham Center for the Study of Prints, Drawings, and Photographs. We hope to see you there!

Yue Minjun. Chinese, born 1962. The Grassland Series, Screenprint 4, 2008. 28 color screenprint on moderately thick rough white wove paper. Gift of Pace Editions Incorporated and Ethan Cohen Fine Arts courtesy of Ann and Richard Solomon (Ann Weinbaum, class of 1959) and Ethan Cohen.


“For people’s hearts to communicate, there must be genuine emotion to strike a chord.”

- Wu Guanzhong


Amer, Ghada (born Egypt, 1963); Farkhondeh, Reza (born Iran, 20th c.) Kiss Cross, 2006. Lithograph printed in color with hand sewn elements on paper. Purchased with the Josephine A. Stein, class of 1927, Fund in honor of the class of 1927.


We see Asia being represented by the West. But how do contemporary Asian artists depict themselves and their community? In this exhibition, art works by Asian artists reveal their own thoughts about their communities and their people across varied media – from photography, prints, to mixed media on paper. Formed out of the artists' experiences and observations, the art works here take you to a journey through the dreamy and immersive presentations of the Asian community.

Lin Tianmiao. Chinese, born 1961. Focus I B, 2006-2007.  Lithograph printed in black on STPI handmade paper with embedded thread. Gift of Friedman Benda LLC.


Abstract and realistic works co-exist, since the strong emotion behind them unifies and connects them together in stunning ways. Growing up in Asia, the motifs and signs in the artworks relate to me strongly. I wish to share this experience with the Smith community, and I hope you enjoy this opportunity to learn more about the SCMA paper collection as a great resource.

The exhibition is made possible by Colleen McDermott and the Cunningham Center for Prints, Drawings and Photographs.


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