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Feb. 19, 2004


LEWISBURG, Pa. — Beijing photographers Hai Bo and Hong Hao will give a talk Friday, March 5, at 5 p.m. in the Forum of the Elaine Langone Center at Bucknell University.

The talk, which is free to the public, is part of the Samek Art Gallery's contemporary Chinese art exhibit, "Regeneration: Contemporary Chinese Art from China and the U.S.," which may be viewed in the main gallery through April 4.

Hai Bo makes photographic diptychs combining an old rephotographed portrait with a new portrait of the surviving subjects taken decades later posed in the same position. "Hai Bo's diptychs are so poignant and profound," says Xiaoze Xie, Bucknell assistant professor of art and co-curator of the exhibit. "They encapsulate time and memory and all possible narratives that happen during the time period between the two images in a simple format."

Hai Bo has had solo shows in Beijing and Paris; group exhibitions include A Strange Heaven: New Chinese Photography, Galerie Rudolfinum in Prague; The First Guangzhou Triennial, Guangdong Museum of Art in Guangzhou; 49th Biennale: and exhibits at Goedhuis Contemporary in New York and Art Beatus in Vancouver.

Hong Hao's "Selected Scriptures" prints are a series of maps depicted in open book format, that reinvent the work in various ways, ranging from humorous to serious.

"At first glance, each of Hong Hao's prints convincingly depicts a large, old Chinese book, open to a map of the world," says Dan Mills, co-curator of the exhibit and director of the Samek Art Gallery. "Closer viewing reveals that he has made numerous cartographic alterations varying from humorous and idiosyncratic to serious and systematic, subverting our conventional interpretation."

Hong Hao has had solo shows in New York, Beijing, Amsterdam and Vancouver. Group exhibitions include A Strange Heaven: New Chinese Photography, Galerie Rudolfinum in Prague; Torino Biennale; and exhibits at Oulu Art Museum in Finland; Artists Space in New York; and The Institute of Contemporary Art in London.

Xie and Mills spent over a year reviewing the contemporary Chinese art movement before traveling to China to make studio visits and select provocative works of art. During the exhibit, four Chinese artists will have traveled to the United States and spoken at Bucknell.

This exhibit includes the work of 26 artists who reside in Beijing, Shanghai, Goungzhou, New York and Pennsylvania who have received international attention for their work in the last decade, as well as emerging artists who are currently being recognized internationally.

After closing in the Samek Art Gallery, Bucknell will travel`Regeneration' to museums, universities and art schools throughout the United States during the next two years including the Slusser Gallery, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor; Ben Maltz Gallery, Los Angeles; Arizona State University Art Museum, Tempe, Ariz.; Williams College Museum of Art, Williamstown, Mass.; Ewing Gallery, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, Tenn.; and University of Virginia Art Museum, Charlottesville, Va.

To view images of each artist's work or for more information about the exhibit and its itinerary, visit http://www1.bucknell.edu/Samek/

Admission to the Samek Art Gallery, located on the third floor of the Elaine Langone Center, is free. Gallery hours are weekdays 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and weekends 1 to 4 p.m.

This exhibition and programming is sponsored in part by a grant from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, a state agency, which is supported by the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency; the Association for the Arts of Bucknell University; office of the vice president of academic affairs; Chinese Culture Association; and the departments of art and art history, and East Asian studies.

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