UCCA Beijing

Vibration and Harmony


Location:  Auditorium
Language:  Chinese and English with simultaneous interpretation

The bright canvases of American artist Peter Wayne Lewis inherit twentieth century painting's affinity with jazz, in particular the musical stylings of Thelonious Monk, but do so through the poetic filter of String Theory. For Lewis as in popular quantum physics, the universe is set of strings whose vibrational frequencies manifest observable properties: light, color, sound.

For this conversation, UCCA invites artist Peter Wayne Lewis and Professor Ding Ning of the School of Arts at Peking University to give further insight into Lewis's recent series "Boosters" and the shared concerns of fellow American painter Frederick J. Brown (1945-2012).

Ticketing: Free


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Peter Wayne Lewis (Artist)

Artist, professor of painting at the Massachusetts College of Art and Design. He lives and works between Beijing, Boston, and South Orange, New Jersey. His solo exhibition "Beijing Booster" was held at MOCA North Miami in 2015.

Ding Ning (Professor, Peking University)

Doctoral tutor, professor of art history and theory in Peking University. Post-doctoral Research Fellowship in University of Essex, U.K., 1993-1994. Senior visiting scholar in Harvard University, 1998. Teached in National Academy of Fine Arts for more than ten years, as Professor of art history and theory, Chairman of the Dept. of Art History and Theory, and Member of the Art Committee and Curatorial Committee, etc. With books published: Dimensions of Reception, Psychology of Visual Art, Dimensions of Duration, Depth of Art, Fifteen Lectures on Western Art History, Spectrum of Images: Toward a Cultural Dimension of Visual Arts, Visual Art Appreciation, Heart-moving Western Art, Understanding Art, Western Art History, etc., and book translations published: Tradition and Desire: From David to Delacroix, a Biographical Novel of Camille Pissaro, Looking at the Overlooked: Four Essays on Still Life Painting, Media Culture, How to Use Your Eyes, Museum Skepticism: Decoding, Understanding and Enjoying the Old Masters, Mona Lisa in Camelot, etc.


Philip Tinari (Director, UCCA)