UCCA Beijing

Cry Joy Park: The Highs and Lows of Working in Paradise


Location:  Workshop
Language:  Chinese

On Oct 28th, UCCA invites the artist Ma Wen to sit down with Xiaoyu Weng, the Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation Associate Curator at the Guggenheim Museum, for a discussion about the exhibition and the body of work leading up to it. This wide-ranging conversation will touch on subjects like utopia, dystopia, and the distribution of wealth, the value of labor, community collaboration, personal empowerment, and more. In society, not all members of the workforce receive equal access to the benefits of their labor. This conversation investigates the injustice of a world that does not include everyone in the very premise of the paradise that we all strive to build.


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Jennifer Wen Ma (Artist)

Jennifer Wen Ma is a visual artist who moved to the United States in 1986, and received her Master of Fine Art degree in 1999 from Pratt Institute, New York. Ma works and lives between New York and Beijing. Ma’s interdisciplinary practice bridges varied media such as installation, drawing, video, public art, design, performance, and theatre; often bringing together unlikely elements in a single piece, creating sensitive, poetic and poignant works.

Recent projects include: The Alchemy of Making at Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, 2017; A Beautiful Disorder at Cass Sculpture Foundation; What About the Art? at Qatar Museums, 2016; Installation opera Paradise Interrupted, Charleston, New York, Singapore, Taiwan, 2015-2018; Flux Projects, Atlanta; Market Square Public Art Program, Pittsburgh, 2015; 5x5 Nonument Park, Washington DC; Vancouver Art Gallery, 2014; Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, New York, 2013; Cambio Cultural, Belo Horizonte, Brazil, 2013; Performa 13, New York, 2013; Biennale of Sydney, 2010; Echigo-Tsumari Triennial, Japan, 2009; Guggenheim Bilbao, Spain, 2009; Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, 2008; and the National Art Museum of China, Beijing, 2008, among others.

Xiaoyu Weng (Curator, Writer)

Xiaoyu Weng was appointed as an Associate Curator at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum to spearhead The Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation Chinese Art Initiative in 2015. At the museum, she has co-curated the exhibition Tales of Our Time(2016-17) and One Hand Clapping, on view from May 4 – October 21, 2018. Weng is the curator for the upcoming 5thUral Industrial Biennial of Contemporary Art in Ekaterinburg, Russia.

Previously, she served as the founding director of the Kadist Art Foundation’s Asia Programs, Paris and San Francisco. She launched the Kadist Curatorial Collaboration, which organizes exhibitions that stimulate cultural exchange, and she oversaw artist residencies and the building of the contemporary Asian art collection. From 2009 – 2010, she worked as a curator at the Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts at the California College of the Arts (CCA). Her other recent projects include Soft Crash at Galleria d'Arte Moderna e Contemporanea di Bergamo, Italy (2016); Landscape: the virtual, the actual, thepossible? at Guangdong Times Museum, Guangzhou and Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco (2014); and Invisible Hand: Curating as Gesture, the second CAFAM Biennale at Central Academy of Fine Arts Museum, Beijing (2014).

Educated at the Central Academy of Fine Arts (CAFA) in Beijing and the CCA in San Francisco, Weng also writes on contemporary art and visual culture in various periodicals and has contributed to numerous publications. Her essay “Working with Archive” won the Artforum Critical Writing Award in 2011. Weng is the recipient of the 2017 Visionary Awards, where are presented by Art in General, New York, to highlight the work that champions the transformative power of art and that nurtures and supports diverse artistic talents. Weng was selected for her innovative leadership and singular contribution to the field. She was also the winner of the eighth edition of Premio Lorenzo Bonald per L’arte Enterprize for international curators in 2015. She is a visiting faculty member of CCS Bard Center for Curatorial Studies and HesselMuseum of Art in New York.

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