Contemporary Art

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by Alexandra_Munroe on December 5, 2017


EXCERPT from the originally published article in Art in America
Dec. 01, 2017
by Richard Vine

First the good news. “Art and China after 1989: Theater of the World,” now appearing at the Guggenheim Museum in New York through January 7, samples China’s most fertile and challenging post-Mao period of art production in ways that are stimulating for specialists and general viewers alike. Organized by three experts intimately involved in the history they present—Alexandra Munroe, the Guggenheim’s senior curator of Asian art; Philip Tinari, director of the Ullens Center for Contemporary Art in Beijing; and Hou Hanru, artistic director of MAXXI, the National Museum of 21st Century Art, in Rome—the exhibition eschews a strict chronological format. Instead, it strives, through savvy and sometimes unexpected selections, creatively mixed, to convey the ferment of a time in China when liberation was in the air, anything seemed possible, and avant-garde artists, at first little appreciated (and sometimes persecuted) at home, sought to take their place in the global art system. The realization that those times have sadly changed is due in equal measure to a cultural revanchism in the People’s Republic of China and a resurgence of moral provincialism in the United States.

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Utopia In Action | Alexandra Munroe

by Alexandra_Munroe on August 1, 2017

The Watermill
Center39 Watermill Town Road
Water Mill, NY 11976 United States

August 17, 7:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Reserve your tickets here.

In anticipation of the Guggenheim Museum’s fall show, Art and China after 1989: Theater of the World, lead exhibition curator Alexandra Munroe will discuss an aspect of the show as it relates to Watermill’s ambitions. Since the early 2000s, several multi-year, communal projects led by artists, critics, curators, and activists emerged around China. Artists and collectives from Second Life creator Cao Fei, to activist Ai Weiwei created their own asylums, sanctuaries, and laboratories to carry out direct action to effect real change. In doing so, they were at the crest of a broad international current of artist-activists pushing for participatory, process-based, archive-intensive, and socially-engaged practices beyond the white-cube gallery to launch real-world change.  As with earlier revolutionary programs in China’s modern history, each destroying one order to erect a more just one, the countryside was where it all unfolded.  The common medium was now the Internet, a newly ideal space to act out new kinds of social orders.

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Watermill Center Annual Summer Lecture

by Alexandra_Munroe on July 31, 2017

Sounds of Silence, and More at Watermill Center Talks

A platform for accomplished workers in every imaginable field

Originally Published July 27, 2017, by Mark Segal, The East Hampton Star

The Watermill Center’s annual summer lecture series provides a platform for accomplished workers in every imaginable field to share the cutting-edge ideas that shape their work. This year’s talks, which begin on Tuesday and continue through Aug. 17, will feature an architect, a research scientist, an artist, a ballet dancer,

Erling Kagge, above, a Norwegian explorer, mountaineer, and writer, will talk about “Silence in the Age of Noise” with his friend Petter Skavlan, a writer and filmmaker, in the Watermill Center’s summer lectures on Tuesday.

a museum curator, a writer, and a mountaineer.

The first program, “Silence in the Age of Noise,” will feature a conversation between two Norwegians, Petter Skavlan, a writer and screenwriter, and Erling Kagge, an explorer, author, publisher, lawyer, and the first in history to reach all three Poles — North, South, and the summit of Mount Everest.

Mr. Kagge is the author of an extended meditation of the same title in which he poses three questions: What is silence? Where can it be found? Why is it more important now than ever? As a man who once spent 50 days walking solo in Antarctica without radio contact, it is likely he has the answers.

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Boom! The Cosmic LongHouse Event

by Alexandra_Munroe on July 20, 2017

Please join us this Saturday, July 22, as I am honored with Cai Guo-Qiang at the Longhouse Reserve:


Our treasured Honorees, Alexandra Munroe and Cai Guo-Qiang

Alexandra’s sweeping exhibition Art and China after 1989: Theater of the World will take over the New York Guggenheim this fall. Cai Guo-Qiang’s solo exhibition October opening at the Pushkin Museum, Moscow in September is directly followed by Cai Guo-Qiang at the Prado: The Spirit of Painting in Madrid. (Since the Prado’s founding in 1819 this is will be the second solo exhibition by a living painter, following that of the late Cy Twombly).  And though Nico Muhly’s new Met-commissioned opera Marnie (yes, as in Hitchcock) debuts this year, he too will join this cross-fertile LongHouse evening.

WOW! and BOOM!  Yes, we may be treated to a delightful encounter with Cai’s explosion event on this summer evening.

At Jack’s request, you are invited to wear white to our Cosmic Evening.

Saturday, July 22

For further information about any accessibility issues or needs, please contact us at 631.329.3568 or email us at 

LongHouse Reserve 133 Hands Creek Rd, East Hampton, NY 11937

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Video: Alexandra Munroe on the Asian Art Initiative

by Alexandra_Munroe on June 6, 2017

Originally Published on The Guggenhiem’s YouTube Channel

Alexandra Munroe discusses the theoretical evolution of the “No Country” exhibition, the Guggenheim’s Asian Art Initiative and Asian Art Council, and the ways in which the institution might evolve to become still more transnational. She also discusses previous Guggenheim exhibitions that have featured artists from Asia, including its large-scale retrospectives of Lee Ufan and Cai Guo-Qiang, “new generation” shows like “Being Singular Plural,” and the recent Gutai survey.

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