Eastern art travels to Drexel for debut

Chinese artist Lin Jingjing worked yesterday to set up part of the exhibit at a Drexel gallery.

A first-of-its-kind art exhibit that brings a host of acclaimed Chinese female artists together under one roof begins Friday at Drexel’s new art gallery.

The exhibit’s co-curator described it as “interaction between Western and Chinese art, the contemporary and original.”

“I’m excited and impressed by the diversity of the artists,” co-curator Joseph Gregory said yesterday, a Drexel professor of art and art history. The exhibit has something for everyone. Works include photographs, videos, sculptures, paintings and installations. One example of the unique works is a large heart made out of used clothing.

“Half the Sky: Women in the New Art of China” opens Friday and runs through Nov. 12 at the Leonard Pearlstein Gallery.

The name “Half the Sky” comes from Chinese ideology, which proclaims that women “hold up half the sky.” Gregory is hoping that this exhibition will, “give you a cause to think about the feminism aspect of the art.”

­An opening reception Friday will be a “celebration of the achievement of the artists and the collaboration between Drexel and the National Art Museum of China,” Gregory said.

MoMA artist among exhibit highlights

In attendance will be famed Chinese artists Yin Xiuzhen, featured at the Museum of Modern Art in New York and Cui Xiuwen, whose photography has appeared in such museums as Tate Modern and the Victoria and Albert Museum.

Exhibit hours will be 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. this Friday through Nov. 12 at the new gallery, 3401 Filbert St., on Drexel’s campus.


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