Location One


Wednesday, November 11
Free and open to the public

Melissa Chiu

Melissa Chiu speaks with Australian Aboriginal artist and Location One International Fellow Richard Bell about his current exhibition at Location One, "I Am Not Sorry". The exhibition was curated by Maura Reilly and runs through December 23, 2009.

Dr. Melissa Chiu is Museum Director and Vice President, Global Art Programs, Asia Society in New York where she has worked since 2001 to expand the scholarship of Asian art through major initiatives such as the launch of a contemporary art collection to complement the museum’s outstanding Rockefeller Collection of traditional Asian art. Previously, she was Founding Director of the Asia-Australia Arts Centre in Sydney, Australia (1996–2001).

As a leading authority on Asian contemporary art, she has organized nearly 30 exhibitions of artists from across Asia including China, Japan, Iran, Pacific Islands and Korea. Amongst them the first retrospective of Chinese artist Zhang Huan (Zhang Huan: Altered States, 2007) and an historical exhibition of art from China’s Cultural Revolution (Art and China’s Revolution, 2008), both were accompanied by comprehensive books on the subject. She has delivered papers at numerous symposia and has given lectures at Yale University, Harvard University, Columbia University and Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi.

Chiu earned an M.A. in Arts Administration (1994) and a PhD (2005) in Art History in her native Australia, and has served as Editor for The Grove Dictionary of Art’s chapters on Asian and Asian American contemporary art published by Oxford University Press. She was awarded a Getty Research Fellowship in 2003 and is the author of books including Breakout: Chinese Art Outside China (2007), which focuses on the international Chinese artistic diaspora and Chinese Contemporary Art: 7 Things You Should Know (2008).

She is Vice President of the Association of Art Museum Directors, the lead professional organization for art museums in the United States and has served on grant and policy advisory committees for national, state and city governments including National Endowment for the Humanities, Institute of Museum and Library Services, New York State Council on the Arts and New York City Department of Cultural Affairs.

Location One is extremely grateful to QIAMEA (Queensland Indigenous Arts Marketing & Export Agency), to the Australia Council for the Arts and extends special thanks to Josh Milani for invaluable help in making Richard Bell's fellowship and exhibition possible.

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Based in the Soho arts district of New York, Location One is an independent, non-profit organization dedicated to fostering new forms of creative expression and cultural exchange through exhibitions, residencies, performances, public lectures and workshops. Traditionally focused on technological experimentation and new media, Location One's residencies and programs have favored social and political discourse and dialogue, and acted as a catalyst for collaborations. With a unique environment providing individualized training, support, and guidance to each artist, as well as exposure for their creations and collaborations, Location One continues to nurture the spirit of experimentation that it considers the cornerstone of its mission.


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