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Ai Weiwei: Dropping the Urn
(Ceramic Works, 5000 BCE - 2010 CE)

February 24 – April 18, 2010

Authors and Essay Excerpts

Philip Tinari

Philip TinariTinari is founding editor of LEAP, a new bimonthly journal of contemporary Chinese art based in Beijing and published by the Modern Media Group. Since 2007, he has run the publishing imprint, editorial office, and translation studio Office for Discourse Engineering. Tinari is a contributing editor to Artforum and adjunct professor of art criticism at the China Central Academy of Fine Arts. He serves as China advisor to the international art fairs Art Basel and Art Basel Miami Beach and worked previously as academic consultant to the Chinese contemporary art department at Sotheby's. He has written and lectured widely on contemporary art in China, for publications including The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times Magazine, and Parkett. Recent projects include the book Hans Ulrich Obrist: The China Interviews (2009) and the exhibition The Hong Kong Seven, mounted by the Fondation Louis Vuitton at the Hong Kong Museum of Art last year. A native of Huntingdon Valley, Pa. and a resident of Beijing for much of the past decade, he holds an A.M. in East Asian studies from Harvard (2005), a B.A. from Duke (2001), and was Fulbright fellow at Peking University (2001-02).

Dario Gamboni

Dario GamboniDario Gamboni is professor of art history at the University of Geneva, after teaching at the University of Lyon-II (1991-97), at Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland (1998-2000) and at the University of Amsterdam (2001-2004). He was a member of the Institut Universitaire de France (1993-1998), Ailsa Mellon Bruce Fellow at CASVA, Washington, D.C. (1996), Meret Oppenheim Prize 2006, Paul Mellon Visiting Fellow at CASVA (2009), and Senior Research Fellow at the Henry Moore Institute (2010). He was also a guest professor at the universities of Strasbourg, Frankfurt, Buenos Aires, Freiburg im Breisgau, Mexico, Sao Paulo and Tokyo, as well as at the Ecole Normale Supérieure in Paris. He has curated and cocurated several exhibitions, most recently Une image peut en cacher une autre. Arcimboldo – Dalí – Raetz (Grand Palais, Paris, 2009). He has published many books and articles, mostly on nineteenth- and twentieth-century art, including La plume et le pinceau. Odilon Redon et la littérature (Paris 1989, revised and updated English version forthcoming, Chicago and London), The Destruction of Art: Iconoclasm and Vandalism since the French Revolution (New Haven and London 1997), and Potential Images: Ambiguity and Indeterminacy in Modern Art (London 2002). He is currently preparing a book on Paul Gauguin’s use of visual ambiguity.

Dr. Stacey Pierson

Stacey PiersonDr. Stacey Pierson received her BA in Art History at Loyola Marymount University in 1988, her MA in Chinese Art in 1993 from the School of Oriental and African Studies, and in 2004 she earned her PhD in the History of Art from the University of Sussex. Currently Dr. Pierson is editor of the Transactions of the Oriental Ceramic Society and Assistant

Professor in Chinese Ceramics at School of Oriental and African Studies at the University of London. She has taught courses on Art and Culture in Imperial China, Asia and Africa on display: Objects, Exhibitions and Transculturation, and Ceramics in Chinese Culture: 10th-18th Centuries.

Dr. Pierson was formerly the curator of the Percival David Foundation which housed one of the finest collections of Chinese ceramics outside China and she continues to be actively involved in research and publication projects in this area. Her most recent publications include: Collectors, Collections and Museums: the Field of Chinese Ceramics in Britain, 1560-1960, Peter Lang, 2007; (ed.) “Transfer: The Influence of China on World Ceramics, Colloquies on Art and Archaeology” in Asia, no. 24, School of Oriental and African Studies, 2009 and Chinese Ceramics: A Design History, V&A Publications, 2009.

Glenn Adamson

Glenn AdamsonGlenn Adamson is Deputy Head of Research and Head of Graduate Studies at the Victoria and Albert Museum, where he leads a graduate program in the History of Design. Dr. Adamson is co-editor of the triannual Journal of Modern Craft, and the author of Thinking Through Craft (Berg Publishers/V&A Publications) and a new anthology titled The Craft Reader (Berg, 2010). His other publications include Industrial Strength Design: How Brooks Stevens Shaped Your World (MIT Press), and Gord Peteran: Furniture Meets Its Maker (Milwaukee Art Museum). Presently he is working on an exhibition about Postmodernism, to be held at the V&A in 2011.

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