Encounters: A Conversation with Cai Guo-Qiang

Encounters: A Conversation with Cai Guo-Qiang

Cai Guo-Qiang is one of the most visionary global artists working today, internationally acclaimed for his groundbreaking works using gunpowder. Born in Quanzhou, China, in 1957, Cai began to experiment with gunpowder early on, continuing to develop this interest while living in Japan from 1986 to 1995. His gunpowder works include large-scale firework displays and explosions that are ephemeral events captured on video, but also “painting” on surfaces such as silk and paper using the scorching effect of strategically placed gunpowder trails. Among his most famous works are the fireworks display for the opening of the Beijing Olympics in 2008, the recent City of Flowers in the Sky in Florence and perhaps his most deeply felt, Sky Ladder dedicated to his grandmother.

Excerpts of videos documenting his works will be followed by a conversation between Cai and Colin Mackenzie, curator of Chinese art, The Art Institute of Chicago.

Tickets include a meal inspired by the presentation.

For any dietary restrictions, questions, or assistance with ticket purchases, please contact the Asian Art Council at aac@artic.edu or 312-443-7282.

Image: Cai Guo-Qiang (b. 1957, Quanzhou, China; Lives in New York) City of Flowers in the Sky: Daytime Explosion Event for Florence 2018, Photo by Lin Yi, courtesy Cai Studio.

Date: April 03
Time: 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Location: Stock Exchange Trading Room

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