05 September 2008
NY Art Exhibit - China's Revolution
The New York Times has an online slide show about an exhibit at the Asia Society called "Art and China's Revolution" that has some great graphics from the 1949-1979 Cultural Revolution. An accompanying article describes some of the difficulties encountered in mounting the show, including a last-minute refusal by the Chinese government to supply some promised works.
The show is a great reminder that images are incredibly powerful. China is not the first or the last society to harness that power to try to manipulate the thinking of its people.