China's Arts: From Mao to Now
A lecture by Dr. Richard Kraus, Professor Emeritus of Political Science, University of Oregon
Location: PSU Smith Memorial Student Union, room 236 (1825 SW Broadway)
China's economic growth since Mao's death is well known, but its impact on China's culture is less understood. Many economic and technical changes encourage great self-expression. The ruling Communist Party once sought control over the arts, but now struggles, often crudely, merely to influence them.
About Dr. Richard Kraus: Dr. Kraus studies the bond between Chinese politics and culture. He explores very specific cultural phenomena in order to stretch our understanding of power in a rapidly changing society. His projects include the political history of the piano in china, the social functions of the art of calligraphy, nude painting, arts patronage and censorship, and China's drive to recover art objects plundered by Western imperialists. His current project looks at the shilfint borders of world culture, asking why China's rise as a world economic and political power has not given rise to comparable aesthetic influence.
This event is FREE and open to the public.