Cornell University

Power, Haunting, and Resilience

Sunday, December 17, 2017 at 10:00am to 5:00pm

Johnson Museum of Art
Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art, 114 Central Ave, Ithaca, NY 14853, USA

Fourteen artists from Taiwan expose the lingering, often haunting effects of authoritarianism, social ideology, environmental disaster, international politics, and personal circumstances. Deploying artistic production to confront forces beyond an individual’s control, the works provoke varying responses, from protest and resistance to resilience and hope.

The theme of this exhibition corresponds to a new initiative by the Einaudi Center for International Studies to explore four themes over four semesters, beginning with “Haunting” in Fall 2017. A related conference, “Haunted: Temporalities of History and Image in Asia,” jointly organized by faculty from the Southeast Asia, South Asia, and East Asia programs, will be held on November 3 and 4.

This exhibition, jointly organized by the Johnson Museum of Art and the Taipei Fine Arts Museum, was cocurated by An-yi Pan, associate professor in the Department of the History of Art and Visual Studies at Cornell, and Liu Yung-Jen, curator at the Taipei Fine Arts Museum, with the assistance of Ellen Avril, chief curator and curator of Asian art at the Johnson. Major support for the exhibition and catalogue was provided by the Ministry of Culture, Republic of China (Taiwan).