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Join us Friday, April 9 for an in-depth look at Mysterious Ink World, Part One (2016), a collaborative contemporary work featured in the Ackland Art Museum’s newest installation of Asian art, Clouding: Shape and Sign in Asian Art. The immersive work is composed of an abstract ink painting by Ming Ren (American, b. 1956) installed opposite an interactive projection responding in real time to the viewers of the painting, designed by computer scientist and artificial intelligence pioneer Hansong Zhang (Chinese, b. 1969), who received his PhD from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1998. Both Ming Ren and Hansong Zhang will join us for a conversation about how the work came together and the nature of their artistic collaboration. Ellen Huang, former curator for Asian art, will moderate the conversation and help situate the work within the larger themes of Clouding.

The virtual program is free and open to the public. Free tickets must be obtained below to receive the Zoom link. Interested visitors may wish to see Clouding: Shape and Sign in Asian Art in person in the Ackland’s recently reopened galleries by obtaining a timed ticket.

The program is presented in connection with UNC’s Arts Everywhere Day 2021.

Clouding: Shape and Sign in Asian Art (on view January 20, 2021 – February 13, 2022) has been organized by Ellen Huang, former curator for Asian art, with Peter Nisbet, deputy director for curatorial affairs. It has been made possible in part by the Ackland’s Ruth and Sherman Lee Fund for Asian Art, Linda and Philip Carl, Smith Freeman and Austin Scarlett, and Mina Levin and Ronald Schwarz.

Installation Photo by Ackland staff

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