Global Issues Lecturer Will Discuss Social History's Impact on Art

April 8, 2011

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Zhi Lin, professor of art at the University of Washington, will present a lecture titled "Understanding Humanity through Cultural Convergence and Intersections," at 4 p.m. Tuesday, April 12, in Room 120 of Morrison Hall on the Baylor campus.

Lin will discuss the impact cultural environment and social history has had on his art, including his most recent projects, which are meant to provide social commentary and cultural and historical awareness.

He uses multiple art media and fuses various art forms with different countries' origins into one body of work.

His travels in China, Europe and North America help him tell stories of Chinese and American history. He explores patterns of violence, intolerance and injustice. Lin's experience with China's Cultural Revolution sparked his interest in political art.

His art was transformed after the Tiananmen Square massacre. His most political piece is "Five Capital Punishments in China," a compilation of paintings that depict Chinese brutality during the massacre.

A more recent work, "Names of the Unremembered: Transcontinental," focuses on 19th-century racism toward Chinese immigrant workers.

Lin is a graduate of the China National Academy of Fine Arts, the Slade School of Fine Art at the University of London and the University of Delaware.

The lecture is free and open to the public. It is part of the Global Issues Lecture Series presented by Baylor's Center for International Education.

Morrison Hall is at 1410 S. Fifth St.

by Susie Typher, student newswriter, (254) 710-6805

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