John Crespi, Henry R. Luce Associate Professor of Chinese, Colgate University
Laughing at Utopia: The Rise and Fall of Cartoon Art in 1950s China
Smiling peasants, parading tractors, model workers, cowering imperialists . . . such utopian made-to-order propaganda images dominate the imagination of socialist-era China's graphic art. The 1950s magazine Cartoon (Manhua, 1951-1960) complicates this picture. Carrying on China's modern tradition of pictorial infotainment, Cartoon during its mid-1950s heyday published hundreds of satirical works poking fun at the ironies, bungling, and injustices happening all over China's actually existing socialism. This lecture explores the artistic inheritance behind Cartoon as well as the ambiguities of its fate in the anti-rightist crackdown of 1957.
Location: FEAS Seminar Room (Mary Houghton Freeman Room) Admission: Free Sponsor: Mansfield Freeman Center for East Asian Studies URL: Contact: Ann Gertz at firstname.lastname@example.org