June 4, 1989: Art Exhibitions
BBC video on Tiananmen Square Time magazine news clipping Poster for exhbition at AAAC New York Post news clipping Peter Kwong at AAAC panel event June 4 Exhibition VIP Event
Poster for Memorial Performance Exhibition Shot Door Installation at Blum Helman Poster for June 4 Exhibition Installation of FAXed reponses Solidarity in the US

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
Robert Lee

距天安門廣場學生起義及亞美藝術中心的回應展覽已有25年了。政治危機在當代大量存在,但是這次對峙成就了獨特的藝術事件,並且在事件本身的影響過去多年後仍能有力地擴散。世界繼續前進,對於那些仍然記得的人來說,天安門事件是波蘭獨立黨勝利、捷克斯洛伐克“天鵝絨革命”、匈牙利宣布成為自由共和國、柏林墻的倒塌及蘇聯解體的前兆。數周的時間裏,那些學生的臉龐出現在每個人的電視上,成為一個白天的戲劇,直到在全球觀眾面前構建了一個高潮。一個不能言說的光景揭幕了,觸碰各地人民的心靈。天安門事件的影響不可估量。藝術家們的致力反映了人們的積極參與,他們用生動有力的藝術形式放大了強烈抗議。這個展覽中的藝術超出了畫廊的限度,在政治空間裏訴說它們的意義。視覺,比喻和符號將天安門廣場概述化,以至於公眾可以超越政治去了解危機時刻被塑造的意義。這就是藝術給這個歷史上前所未有的後現代時刻帶來的力量。

總有一天,確切的證據將會在中國人的眼前顯現。諸如天安門母親這樣的團體正在等待這一天。他們在為他們所愛的人,為1989年來發生的一切事情的正義所奮鬥。他們希望所發生之事能有一個敘述,他們的孩子能夠被認可,被政府強加的重復性不正義能夠被改正。

抗拒強制失憶,揭露真相並給天安門母親帶來正義是為了松懈當今正在湧現的腐敗的基石。中國仍然可以被改變。亞美藝術中心的目的從一而終:保持原始展覽的完整性,以便有朝一日中國的人們可以看見這些藝術家的歷史反響,他們一起在美國表達對人們的支持,及國際社會對中國,對中國人的掙紮與夢想的支持。

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。

谨致问候
亞美藝術中心紀念1989學生運動
伍振亮

Woodcut, Artist unknown

Woodcut (unknown artist)

Installation Shot at Blum Helman Warehouse Installation shot Installation shot Installation shot

June 1-10, 2014: 25th Anniversary Exhibition at White Box, Honoring the 1989 Student Movement

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 at 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

Interview with Robert Lee, AAAC
(Read full interview)
"A Beijing Artist - 'Deng'"
(Read full text)
Excerpt of poem by Gu Hai
(Read full poem)
China: June 4, 1989 Press Release, Whitebox, 2014
China: June 4, 1989 Press Release, Whitebox Art Center, 2014
China: June 4, 1989 Press Release, Whitebox, 2014 (英文原文的翻譯)
中國:六四,一九八九
新聞稿
Whitebox Art Center, 2014
Artspiral publication, Winter 1989
Artspiral publication, Winter 1989
Artspiral publication, Winter 1989 (英文原文的翻譯)
Artspiral publication, Winter 1989
(英文原文的翻譯)
China: June 4, 1989 International Memorial Arts Festival announcement
China: June 4, 1989 International Memorial Arts Festival announcement
China: June 4, 1989 announcement, PS1
China: June 4, 1989 announcement, PS1

Excerpts from the Buckham Gallery Exhibition, 1994
China: June 4, 1989 Excerpts from the Buckham Gallery Exhibition, 1994
Excerpts from the Buckham Gallery Exhibition, 1994 (英文原文的翻譯)
China: June 4, 1989 Excerpts from the Buckham Gallery Exhibition, 1994
(英文原文的翻譯)
China: June 4, 1989 Witness Show announcement
China: June 4, 1989 Witness Show announcement
China: June 4, 1989 announcement
China: June 4, 1989 announcement, AAAC and Blum Helman Warehouse
China: June 4, 1989, AAAC statement
China: June 4, 1989, AAAC statement

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 aaacinfo@artspiral.org.
For more information about this exhibition, see our exhibitions page.

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有關CHINA:June 4,1989展覽的任何問題請聯系aaacinfo@artspiral.org.
欲了解更多這個展覽,請訪問展览页面.

Important Notice to Artists
2014 Notice to Artists

Events Leading to June 4, 1989

April 15, 1989Wu Yao Bang passed away. An enlightened leader, people expressed their mourning and discontent with spontaneous small demonstrations. This incident unlocked the long suppressed pro-democracy sentiments of people. The demonstrations grew. On April 19 more than 100,000 people held a sit-in at Tiananmen Square
April 22, 1989In spite of government plans made to cordon off the whole of Tiananmen Square, students are able to enter the square and mount their demonstrations and events before police have taken up their positions. In a sincere gesture, reminiscent of Qing practice, several students kneel on the steps of the Great Hall and beg Premier Li Peng to come out and talk to them. He declines
April 24, 1989Students begin a mass boycott of classes in an attempt to pressure government leaders into hearing their requests
April 26, 1989The official government newspaper, the People's Daily, labeled the student movement as a riot instigated and organized by a small number of wicked people. It called upon the whole nation to suppress the "riot". The infamous "4/26 editorial" was joined by the mobilization of the 38th Army
April 27, 1989The student movement developed into a people's movement. Students who marched into the Square numbered 200,000. Over a million civilians showed support on the roads. A federation of all student associations was formed
May 4, 1989The students are now joined by many of their teachers, scores of journalists, and by many citizens of Beijing. 100,000 march in Beijing, dwarfing the historic student demonstrations of the May 4 Movement in 1919. Demonstrations occur in other cities and overseas as well. Students begin a hunger strike
May 13, 1989Hunger strike grows to two thousand participants. Government officials agree to a dialogue with the student leaders on the 14th, just before Mikhael Gorbachev is scheduled to visit Beijing. On the 15th police order the clearing of the Square
May 17, 1989About two million Beijing citizens march onto the streets. The spectrum of demonstrators from all walks of life include a thousand soldiers of the People's Liberation Army. Demonstrations are reported in over twenty provinces
May 18, 1989Premier Li Peng agrees to meet with the students. Secretary-General Zhao Ziyang visits the hunger strikers and urges them to end their fast.
May 20, 1989Premier Li Peng and the president of China, Yang Shangkun, declare martial law and order units of the People's Liberation Army to return order to the city. Demonstrators build barricades around themselves and urge the troops not to enforce the martial law restrictions. Armed troops head toward Tiananmen Square but are blocked by people on the road and who sleep at night there preventing passage
May 22, 1989A hundred thousand soldiers surround Beijing. Twenty thousand students vow to stay on the Square. "...our blood may be shed, yet we cannot give up freedom and democracy. May our lives and blood call upon a beautiful future for our Republic"
End of May 1989Student leaders encourage their fellow students to end the hunger strike and return to their campuses but there are new recruits from other cities. A thirty foot statue of the student's version of liberty is built. Military action it is stated would not be used to suppress the students, but the government repeat their claim, labeling this pro-democracy movement a riot
June 4, 1989Late at night well-armed troops from the Twenty-seventh Army and other units loyal to Deng smash through the barricades in heavy tanks and armored personnel carriers and put an end to the students' brave movement

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Xerox of Chinese article
Report from Daily News
Xerox of Chinese article
1989年4月15號胡耀邦逝世。人們通過小型抗議表達了哀悼和不滿。這個事件釋放了人們壓抑已久的民主意識。抗議持續發展。4月19號超過十萬人在天安門廣場靜坐。
1989年4月22號儘管政府採取措施封鎖天安門廣場,學生們仍然趕在警察之前進入廣場並立起抗議標誌。數位學生誠懇下跪,請李鵬總理出來講話。李鵬拒絕了。學生抗議規模擴大,超過警察,天安門廣場的氣氛更加緊張。
1989年4月26號官方報紙《人民日報》發表聲名狼藉的4/26社論,將學生運動稱為由一小撮壞分子組織的暴動。第38集團軍因此被調動。
1989年4月27號學生運動發展為群眾運動。進入廣場的學生人數達到20萬。超過一百萬市民在街道上表達了對學生的支持。全部學生組織的聯邦形成了。
1989年5月4號許多教師,記者和北京市民也加入了學生。十萬人在北京遊街,比1919年五四運動更為壯觀。其他城市與海外也陸續開展抗議。學生開始絕食。
1989年5月13號絕食運動擴展到2000人。政府官員同意與學生領袖與14號進行對話,恰好在戈爾巴喬夫計劃訪問北京前夕。15號,警察接到命令將廣場清場。
1989年5月17號約兩百萬北京市民開始在街上游行。抗議者的構成範圍很大,包括1000名人民解放軍。超過二十個省對抗議進行了報導。
1989年5月18號李鵬總理同意與學生會面。總書記趙紫陽探望了絕食者並勸說他們停止絕食。
1989年5月20號李鵬總理和楊尚昆主席宣布了可以以武力清場的戒嚴令,命令人民解放軍回到城裡待命。抗議者修葺了路障並勸阻軍隊不要實施暴力。全副武裝的軍隊在前往天安門廣場的路上被睡在路上的人們阻礙。
1989年5月22號十萬士兵包圍北京。兩萬學生發誓留在廣場。“……我們可以流血,但是我們不能放棄自由和民主。願我們的生命和鮮血能為我們的共和國召喚一個美好的未來……”
1989年5月末更多外省學生湧進北京,學生領袖督促絕食者停止絕食。一個30英尺高的民主女神被樹立起來。政府不斷宣稱不會使用暴力,但繼續將學生運動稱作暴動。
1989年6月4號凌晨,來自27軍及效忠於鄧小平的軍隊的士兵全副武裝,開著重型坦克摧毀了學生建立的路障,以暴力結束了這場英勇的學生運動。


EXHIBITION REVIEWS / 展覽評論

Art Examiner Review
Newsday Article
Harper's Article
International Examiner Review
New York Press Review
Review

Newsday Review
Flint Journal Review
Art Review
Press Cleveland
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