Artist Cui Fei joins Rail contributor Paul Gladston for a conversation. We conclude with a poetry reading from Mai Mang 麦芒(Yibing Huang).
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The Rail has a tradition of ending our conversations with a poem, and on this day we were fortunate to have Mai Mang 麦芒(Yibing Huang) reading.
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Artist Cui Fei has developed a solid foundation in a wide variety of media, including drawing, painting, sculpture and calligraphy. She has headlined ten solo shows, participated in many gallery and museum exhibitions worldwide, and been cited in various publications, including Art in America, The New York Times, and YiShu. She has received grants and awards such as the Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant, the NYFA Fellowship, the Socrates Sculpture Park Emerging Artist Fellowship, and was chosen for the Art Omi International Artists Residency and the AIM program at the Bronx Museum of the Arts. Cui was born in Jinan, China. She received a BFA degree in painting from China Academy of Fine Arts and an MFA in painting from Indiana University of Pennsylvania.
Award-winning critical theorist and cultural historian Paul Gladston is the inaugural Judith Neilson Chair Professor of Contemporary Art at the University of New South Wales and a distinguished affiliate of the UK-China Humanities Alliance, Tsinghua University. He is an inaugural co-editor of the book series Contemporary East Asian Visual Cultures, Societies and Politics (Palgrave Macmillan, est. 2019) and was founding principal editor of the Journal of Contemporary Chinese Art (Intellect, est. 2014). He recently co-edited the collected edition Visual Culture Wars at the Borders of Contemporary China (Palgrave Macmillan, 2021), and is author of the monograph, Contemporary Chinese Art, Aesthetic Modernity and Zhang Peili: Towards a Critical Contemporaneity (Bloomsbury, 2019).
Mai Mang 麦芒(Yibing Huang) established himself as a poet in the 1980s and received his B.A., M.A., and Ph.D. in Chinese Literature from Beijing University. He earned a second Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from the University of California, Los Angeles, in 2001. He is currently Associate Professor of Chinese and Curator of the Chu-Griffis Asian Art Collection at Connecticut College. Mai Mang has published widely on contemporary Chinese literature and art. He is the author of two books of poetry, Stone Turtle: Poems 1987–2000 and Approaching Blindness ; and author of Contemporary Chinese Literature: From the Cultural Revolution to the Future . He has also curated a series of contemporary Chinese art exhibitions. In 2012, he won the 20th Rou Gang Poetry Prize in China.