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Megacities Asia – E

Ai Weiwei, Choi Jeong Hwa, Subodh Gupta, Han Seok Hyun, Hu Xiangcheng, Jeon Yongseok/flyingCity, Aaditi Joshi, Song Dong, Hema Upadhyay, Asim Waqif, and Yin Xiuzhen with Tita Salina and Irwan Ahmett

Asia is home to some-more megacities than any other continent—soon half of a adults will call these cities home. Over a final 50 years, Beijing, Shanghai, Delhi, Mumbai, and Seoul have grown to equal or surpass a distance and civic firmness of metropolises like Tokyo, Paris, and New York, and they have finished so with strange rapidity. With populations over 10 million, these fast changing cities poise wholly new questions about what a city is and might become. The artists in Megacities Asia hail from these icons of 21st century civic life. Each artist examines a impact of their city’s shift on tellurian knowledge by accumulating found objects encountered in their daily lives—dishes, rejected architectural components, and cosmetic bags among them—in volumes fitting cities of this scale. Their sculptures and installations respond to political, environ­mental, and amicable conditions while conveying a textures, proportions, and distinguished element and visible juxtapositions of these ever elaborating metropolises. The immersive artworks that contain Megacities Asia—nearly half of that were combined for this exhibition—invite earthy interaction. This muster is a initial in a MFA’s history to be presented not usually in a Museum’s largest special exhibitions space, a Ann and Graham Gund Gallery, though also via a Museum’s galleries, on a outside campus, and in downtown Boston.

While Asia might be home to a top thoroughness of megacities, some-more and some-more cities face identical triumphs and challenges. In Boston, issues such as a necessity of affordable housing, overburdened infrastructure, and wickedness are also complicating bland life. A energetic array of open programs and a consecrated opening will incite vicious discourse about a complexity of Boston’s changing civic fabric. A array of giveaway open forums, “The City Talks,” brings together heading thinkers, activists, city officials, artists, and Museum visitors to rivet in focused discussions desirous by artworks in Megacities Asia on name evenings Apr by July.

A residency by Indonesian opening artists Tita Salina (b. 1973) and Irwan Ahmett (b. 1975) will outcome in site-specific engagements in communities that neighbor a Museum via a month of June. The artists’ witty and provocative amicable use emerged from their use in Jakarta during and after a 1997 Asian financial crisis. In 2011 they launched Urban Play, a array of site-specific participatory events that use found objects and are staged in underappreciated open spaces. Community rendezvous is executive to their practice, with a idea of moving internal audiences to see their possess city in a new light. While they have given staged this work in 7 cities opposite Asia and Europe to date, Salina and Ahmett’s plan in Boston, Urban Play—Playing Data, will be a initial iteration of Urban Play in a US.

Megacities Asia is orderly by MFA curators Al Miner, partner curator, Contemporary Art, and Laura Weinstein, Ananda Coomaraswamy Curator of South Asian and Islamic Art. The muster is accompanied by a fully-illustrated catalog published by a MFA. The announcement was done probable with inexhaustible support from a Korea Foundation and is upheld in partial by an endowment from a National Endowment for a Arts.

Megacities Asia is presented with inexhaustible support from The Nancy Foss Heath and Richard B. Heath Educational, Cultural and Environmental Foundation; Peter and Catherine Creighton; Dr. John and Bette Cohen; Ashley and Jamie Harmon; Susan G. Kohn; Karen and Warren McFarlan; Davis and Carol Noble; Nalini and Raj Sharma; Xiaohua Zhang and Quan Zhou; and Asian Art Gallery. This plan is upheld in partial by an endowment from a National Endowment for a Arts. With support from a Korea Foundation and a Dame Jillian Dr. Arthur M. Sackler Foundation for a Arts, Sciences Humanities. Additional support supposing by The Ruth and Carl J. Shapiro Fund for Education, Public Programs and Special Projects; The Amy and Jonathan Poorvu Fund for a Exhibition of Contemporary Art and Sculpture; a Robert and Jane Burke Fund for Exhibitions; a Barbara Jane Anderson Fund; and an unknown funder. Urban Play Boston and Urban Play—Playing Data is upheld by a Museum Council Artist in Residency Program Fund and Lorraine Bressler. Performance Art during a MFA is upheld by Lorraine Bressler.

Performance art during the MFA
The MFA is one of a initial encyclopedic museums in a US to entirely integrate performance art into a collection, exhibitions, and programs. Since a opening of a Linde Family Wing for Contemporary Art in 2011, a MFA has consecrated and presented dozens of opening artworks by international, national, and local artists, including live works that reveal in a Museum’s galleries and rivet with a collection, performances that form partial of cross-media contemporary art exhibitions, and interventions that seem in astonishing spaces inside a Museum or outdoors. These foundational, artist-driven projects doubt a purpose of opening art in a museum sourroundings and reframe visitors’ use of a MFA collection. More information and video support of name works can be accessed by the MFA’s Performance Art Archive

Megacities Asia during a Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

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