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Lu Jie is currently based in Beijing, where since 2002 he has been chief curator of the Long March Project, a complex, multi-platform, international arts organization and ongoing art project, originally conceived as a series of exhibitions, performances, symposia, and discussions at public sites in China along the route of Mao Zedong’s historic Long March. He graduated in 1988 with a B.F.A. from the China Academy of Arts in Hangzhou, and received an M.A. in curating in 1999 from Goldsmiths College, University of London. Lu is currently an advisor for the Asia Art Archive in Hong Kong; and on the Editorial Board Yishu – Journal of Contemporary Chinese Art (Vancouver). He has curated numerous contemporary art projects and exhibitions, including the following Long March projects, which were presented in various international locations: A Walking Visual Display (2002), The Great Survey of Paper-cutting in Yanchuan County (2004), Yan’an Project (2006), No Chinatown (2007), and Ho Chi Minh Trail (Duong Truong Son) (2008-ongoing). Lu has given lectures and talks at numerous educational institutions and museums in Asia, Europe, and North America.
The Now Museum: Contemporary Art, Curating Histories, Alternative Models conference, co-organized by the Ph.D. Program in Art History at the CUNY Graduate Center, Independent Curators International, and the New Museum, aims to tackle key questions around the museum as an institutional entity and contemporary art as an art historical category.read more »
Project 35 is a program of single-channel videos selected by 35 international curators who have each chosen one work by an artist that they think is important for audiences around the world to experience today. The resulting compendium is released in four installments and is presented simultaneously in an ever-expanding number of venues.read more »