Special Lecture: Arts and Culture in the Age of Globalization

Pauline J. Yao

“M+, Hong Kong: When Visual Culture meets the Museum”

M+, Hong Kong’s new museum of visual culture, will be one of the largest museums of 20th and 21st century visual culture in the world and have been much talked about lately. M+ is due to open in late 2020. Located in Hong Kong’s West Kowloon Cultural District, the plan is to build an enormous cultural institution with 60,000 square meter total floor space, designed by Herzog & de Meuron and its programmes will encompass a wide range of visual culture such visual art, design and architecture, and moving image from 1950 to the present, emerging from Hong Kong, Mainland China, Asia and beyond. In this sense, M+ seems to take its own path and approach apart from western centered universalism and values often carried in large scale museums.

Having had managed the Arrow Factory, alternative art space in Beijing, and previously worked at collecting institutions in the United States, Pauline J. Yao is currently playing a vital role in building programmes and collections of M+ as lead curator for visual art department.

This lecture will offer her insight of what being Asian and global means for M+ and how this intertwines with programming, building the collection and shaping the opening display in the course of preparing this brand-new museum.

Date: Saturday, November 24, 2018
Time: 15:00-17:00
Venue: Lecture Room 5-109, Department of Music, Ueno Campus, Tokyo University of the Arts
*Admission Free, English-Japanese Translation Available.
No Reservation Required (Seats available on a first served basis. Seating Capacity: 260)

12-8, Ueno Park, Taito-ku, Tokyo 110-8714

Graduate School of Global Arts, Tokyo University of the Arts

Organized by: Graduate School of Global Arts, Tokyo University of the Arts
Supported by: Agency for Cultural Affairs, Government of Japan

Pauline J. Yao
Pauline J. Yao is Lead Curator, Visual Art, at M+. She has held curatorial positions at the Asian Art Museum of San Francisco and worked as an independent curator and writer in Beijing for six years, during which time she helped co-found the storefront art space Arrow Factory. Since joining M+ in 2012, Yao has played an active role in building the visual art collection by overseeing and acquiring works from around Asia and internationally. A co-curator of the 2009 Shenzhen Hong Kong Bi-City Biennale of Architecture and Urbanism, Yao is a regular contributor to Artforum, e-flux Journal, and Yishu Journal of Contemporary Chinese Art and her writings on contemporary Asian art have appeared in numerous catalogues, online publications and edited volumes. She is the author of In Production Mode: Contemporary Art in China (Timezone 8 Books, 2008) and co-editor of 3 Years: Arrow Factory (Sternberg Press, 2011).