Museum to Host Symposium on China, Ohio and the New Global Economy

The museum will host an innovative dialogue on Wednesday, January 4, 2012 to explore how Cleveland can benefit from China’s emergence as one of the world’s leading economies. A distinguished panel of regional and national business, academic, journalism, and government leaders whose organizations have significant ties with China will offer insights for The Art of Reinvention: China, Ohio, and the New Global Economy. The symposium ispresented in conjunction with the critically-acclaimed exhibition Chinese Art in an Age of Revolution: Fu Baoshi (1904-1965). The symposium, open to the public, begins at 9:30 a.m. and ends at noon.Reserve you free tickets online @ http://goo.gl/WGK9O.

Gottwaldov, 1957. Fu Baoshi (Chinese, 1904-1965). Album leaf, ink and color on paper; 48.7 × 57.1 cm. Nanjing Museum.

“China is becoming an economic force in the world,” said David Franklin, president, CEO and Sarah S. and Alexander M. Cutler director of the Cleveland Museum of Art. “The exhibition provides the perfect backdrop for this discussion and it brings another facet to looking at the works of art. I believe that the museum serves as a bridge – not a tower. It is a place where great thoughts should convene and a place where the world of arts and finance connect on many levels.” The symposium also fulfills Franklin’s vision for the museum being employed as a civic space for discussion and debate. It will include welcoming remarks from Mayor Frank Jackson, City of Cleveland, with the opening address from Ambassador James Keith, and a keynote address from Alexander M. Cutler, chairman and CEO of Eaton Corporation. A panel to engage the discussion further will include Brad Whitehead, president, Fund for Our Economic Future, Joyce Barnathan, president, International Center for Journalists, Congressman Steven ! C. LaTourette, (R-OH-14), Mayor Don Plusquellic, City of Akron, Barbara Snyder, president, Case Western Reserve University and Dennis Scholl, vice president for arts, The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation. The panel will be introduced by R. Steven Kestner, executive partner, Baker Hostetler, LLP, and chairman of the board of the Cleveland Museum of Art. Chinese Art in an Age of Revolution: Fu Baoshi (1904-1965) is the first retrospective in the Western Hemisphere of the artist who revolutionized the tradition of Chinese ink painting. The exhibition reveals the process of the artist’s self-discovery and personal struggle, as well as the complexity of art and politics in Republican and Communist China. The exhibition will be on view at the museum through January 8, 2012 and will be the first time this work will be viewed outside China. The exhibition is the first collaboration between the Cleveland Museum of Art and the Nanjing Museum, a venerable Chinese museum that currently houses the most significant and comprehensive collection of Fu Baoshi’s artwork donated by the Fu family. “How Fu Baoshi adapted his work during times of struggle and reinvented himself as an artist is the perfect metaphor for what we should be doing as a museum and as a region.” Franklin said. -- Kesha Williams

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