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Institute of Contemporary Arts opens at NYU Shanghai

(study.edu.sh.gov.cn) | Oct 17, 2019

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A mini garden created by artist Zhang Bo is displayed at an exhibit of the Institute of Contemporary Arts at NYU Shanghai. [Photo/shanghai.nyu.edu]

NYU Shanghai, China's first Sino-US research university, re-opened its art gallery with a new name -- the Institute of Contemporary Arts -- on Oct 10.

"Goldenrod", the opening exhibition featuring works by Hong Kong-based artist and educator Zheng Bo, is now open to the public.

The works displayed at the exhibit were co-created by Zheng and a group of NYU Shanghai community members, philosophers, ecologists, and more. They highlight the new institute's focus on collaborative research and experimentation in the arts.

Michelle Yeonho Hyun, director of the new institute and curator of the exhibition, said the university remolded the original gallery space as a true "institute" for creation and critical engagement with the arts, rather than simply a place to view art.

A number of lectures and seminars by artists about their works will be held at the institute as part of a two-year art research program --"the (Invisible) Garden".

NYU Shanghai is planning to put a garden at the center of its new campus. "I will organize a workshop and invite thinkers, practitioners, and NYU Shanghai community members to visualize the garden," said Zheng.

A mini garden created by artist Zhang Bo, which includes a happy farm and an artificial greenhouse, was exhibited.

The university hopes the new institute will serve as a bridge between the university and the public in order to inspire wider interest in the arts.

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