“Revolution and Reading: A Display Inspired by the Common Read”

  • October 26, 2018 • 11 AM – 4 PM
  • Kranzberg Art & Architecture Library

Anonymous Members of a People’s Commune in Fatshan (Chinese), The East is Red, from the series The East is Red, 20th century. Paper-cut print, 24 x 34 3/4″. Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum, Washington University in St. Louis. Gift of David A. Wilson, 1999.

Continue the discussion around this year’s Common Read, Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress by Dai Sijie, at this display of artworks and artifacts that speak to the book’s setting and themes.

In the Kemper Art Museum’s Study Room, several artworks from the Museum’s collection will be on view, including selections from The East Is Red (c. 1966–72), a series of paper-cut prints based on the lyrics of China’s unofficial national anthem during the Cultural Revolution, and contemporary artist Thomas Bayrle’s silkscreened constructionSun Yat-sen (Sign for Moon) (2005), a meditation on the first president of the Republic of China. The Kranzberg Art & Architecture Library will feature examples of the Western novels the main characters read in secret and which inspire their life-changing actions.