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Mahjong: Contemporary Chinese Art from the Sigg Collection
Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive, University of California
Online presentation of a 2008-09 exhibition that "represents the historical span of art from the 1970s to today in China and demonstrates the dramatic evolution that has occurred, with artists exploring new materials and concepts far from what might have been imagined by even the most clairvoyant." With 11 small images of works from the exhibition and an essay by the curator.

Go to Museum Resource: http://bampfa.berkeley.edu/exhibition/mahjong
Mastering the Art of Chinese Painting: Xie Zhiliu (1910–1997)
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Online presentation of a 2010 exhibition of "around one hundred and fifty works by Xie Zhiliu (pronounced "shay jer-leo"), one of modern China's leading traditional artists and a preeminent connoisseur of painting and calligraphy. The rare trove of material on view demonstrates how studying and copying earlier models were as much a part of Chinese artistic tradition as learning from nature." With images of 125 works from the exhibition.

Go to Museum Resource: http://www.metmuseum.org/special/se_event.asp?OccurrenceId={E2FABDCA-CC56-4EA7-...
Modern Period, 1912–present
Princeton University Art Museum
An overview of political and artistic developments in China from 1912 to the present. With a map and four representative objects, all with lengthy descriptions.

Go to Museum Resource: http://etcweb.princeton.edu/asianart/timeperiod_china.jsp?ctry=China&pd=Modern
Nineteenth- and Twentieth-Century Chinese Paintings from the Robert H. Ellsworth Collection
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Online presentation of a 2001 exhibition. "This selection from the Ellsworth Collection ... focuses on Chinese painting created during the period of clashing social visions and dramatic political change that marked China’s entry into the modern world. In the arts, it was a time when the tensions between tradition and innovation, native and foreign styles reached an unprecedented level of intensity." With images of 10 related artworks.

Go to Museum Resource: http://www.metmuseum.org/special/se_event.asp?OccurrenceId={BEEB8BBB-FF01-11D3-...
Remembering 1882: Fighting for Civil Rights in the Shadow of the Chinese Exclusion Act
Chinese Historical Society of America
"In 1882 Congress passed the nation's first major immigration legislation -- a law to prevent people of Chinese descent from entering the United States. Remembering 1882 explores the historical debate around the Exclusion Act from its origins through its full repeal in 1968, the civil rights struggle of Chinese Americans and allies, and the historic importance of habeas corpus in the Chinese American community."

Go to Museum Resource: http://www.civilrightssuite.org/1882/index.php/iID/174
Timeline of Art History: China, 1900 A.D.–present
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
"The twentieth century witnesses the fall of the Qing dynasty, and with it, the ancient imperial system." With a period overview, list of key events, and 8 related artworks. Also has links to additional information about the Qing dynasty (1644-1911), traditional Chinese painting in the 20th century, an abridged list of Chinese emperors, and timelines of Japan and Korea during this time.

Go to Museum Resource: http://www.metmuseum.org/toah/ht/?period=11®ion=eac
To Enjoy and Defend Our American Citizenship
Chinese Historical Society of America
This exhibit "(explores) the experiences of the Chinese American Citizens Alliance in their groundbreaking work alongside groups such as the NAACP to challenge discriminatory laws and create the support systems necessary for survival in a segregated United States."

Go to Museum Resource: http://www.civilrightssuite.org/OurAmericanCitizenship/index.php/iID/232
A Tradition Redefined: Modern and Contemporary Chinese Ink Paintings
The University of Kansas, Spencer Museum of Art
"A Tradition Redefined presents more than 60 works by artists active in China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, and abroad. The works effectively convey some of the artistic tensions brought about by the overwhelming changes in Chinese culture from 1950-2000, providing a unique glimpse of modern and contemporary Chinese art. In examining this five-decade period, the exhibition demonstrates the dramatic evolution of Chinese ink painting in recent times and lays a foundation for understanding the international-style work that is being created in China today." With a short exhibition overview and paintings by 5 artists.

Go to Museum Resource: http://www.spencerart.ku.edu/exhibitions/chu_tsing_li.shtml
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