It has been 25 years since the student uprising in Tiananmen
Square and the exhibition AAAC mounted in response. Political crisis abounds in modern times,
yet this confrontation resulted in a unique artistic event with the power to communicate years
after its original impact.
The world has moved on but, for those who remember, Tiananmen Square was the precursor to the Solidarity Party's victory in Poland, Czechoslovakia's 'Velvet Revolution', Hungary's declaration as a free republic, the crumbling of the Berlin Wall, and the break-up of the Soviet Union. For several weeks the faces of the students were playing on everyone's TV, a daily daytime drama with a global audience. An unspeakable spectacle unfolded, focusing and transforming the clash of Chinese political destinies into media, imprinting itself on the human imaginary in epic dimensions. What most took for granted was violated before their eyes, changing the world fundamentally for everyone. The impact of Tiananmen Square was incalculable, touching the hearts and minds of people everywhere. People became involved and artists' commitments reflected them, magnifying their outcry in vivid, powerful art forms.
Art, in this exhibition, transcended the gallery and spoke in the political square. Visions, metaphors and symbols encapsulate Tiananmen Square so the public can see past the politics to the meaning portrayed and crafted in the moment of crisis. Such is the power art brought to this historically unprecedented postmodern moment. AAAC thanks all the artists who made this exhibition possible, and through their artistry link us all to this moment in history.
One day, tangible evidence will present itself before the eyes of the people of China. Groups such as the Tiananmen Mothers are waiting for this. They are fighting for their loved ones and for justice for everything that has occurred since 1989. They want an account of what happened, recognition for their children, and reparations and justice for all the repeated injustices inflicted by the government. To resist enforced amnesia, expose the truth and bring justice to the Tiananmen Mothers is to undo the basis for the corruption that is flourishing today. China can still be changed.
AAAC's purpose remains unchanged: to keep as much of the original exhibition intact so that the people in China may one day see this historic response of artists, their coming together to express the support of people in the US as well as the global community for the people of China, their struggles, and their dreams.
For the 25th Anniversary commemorating the 1989 Student Movement AAAC will mount an exhibition at Whitebox Art Center in NYC on June 1st to the 10th, 2014. This web page created in 2009 marking the 20th anniversary, will be expanded and updated. See http://bit.ly/1na0oJL (and/or the QR code) for more information.
With Kind Regards,
Anniversary commemorating the 1989 Student Movement AAAC
為了紀念天安門事件25週年，亞美藝術中心將會於2014年六月一號到十號在紐約的Whitebox Art Center開辦展覽。這個建與2009年的網站是為了紀念天安門事件20週年，其中內容會被拓展與更新。請訪問http://bit.ly/1na0oJL以獲得更多信息。
June 1-10, 2014: 25th Anniversary Exhibition at White Box, Honoring the 1989 Student Movement
(view all images from this show on Flickr)
June 2009: Launch of AAAC Commemorative Website "June 4, 1989"
Oct 14, 1994 to Nov 30, 1994: Buckham Gallery in Flint, Michigan
August 24, 1992 to October 4, 1992: Cleveland Institute of Art in Cleveland, Ohio
June 4, 1992 to July 14, 1992: Traveling exhibition Mexic-Arte in Austin, Texas
November 20 - Jan 12, 1990: Exhibition continued at AAAC gallery
June 4 - June 24, 1990: Selection of "CHINA: June 4, 1989" artists in Hong Kong at the Hong Kong Art Centre
June 2, 1990: Tiananmen Square- A Memorial Performance of Music, Poetry and Dance
April 22 - June 17, 1990: PS1 Museum
October 12 - November 12, 1989: Exhibition installed at Blum Helman Warehouse
June 9 - September 30, 1989: Initial exhibition shown at AAAC gallery
June 4, 1989 - May 10 to June 29, 1990: "Witnesses: CHINA" at AAAC
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ARTWORKS FROM CHINA: JUNE 4, 1989 EXHIBITIONS / 展覽的藝術品
small works / 小型作品 doors / 門 other / 其他
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Inquiries about this exhibition—CHINA: June 4, 1989—its availability for touring or acquisition, can be sent to email@example.com.
For more information about this exhibition, see our exhibitions page.
Important Notice to Artists
2014 Notice to Artists
Events Leading to June 4, 1989