Zhijian Qian’s Profile

Faculty
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Zhijian Qian
Title
Assistant Professor
Department
Humanities
Office Location
A630
Academic interests

Modern and contemporary Chinese and Asian art; art and visual culture; transnationalism and art in Chinese diaspora

Bio

Zhijian Qian is an art historian, critic, curator and translator. He is currently assistant professor of art history at the Department of Humanities at the City Tech College of City University of New York. He received his doctoral and master’s degrees in art history from the Institute of Fine Arts at New York University and a master’s degree in art history from the Central Academy of Fine Arts in Beijing. Dr. Qian specializes in modern and contemporary Chinese and Asian art, with special research interests in art and visual culture in 20th century and contemporary China, and issues of transnationalism in the works of artists in the Chinese diaspora. Before he joined CUNY, he taught Chinese and Asian Art History, World Art History and Modern Art History at Parsons The New School for Design, Fashion Institute of Technology, Kean University, William Paterson University, and New York School of Interior Design. Dr. Qian has given public lectures at such prestigious institutions as Christie’s Education New York and China Institute in New York. In 2016, he organized and moderated “Columbia University Discussion Panel on Studio Art Education in China and America”. Dr. Qian has published numerous articles in such professional journals as Art Journal, Art AsiaPacific, Jiangsu Art Magazine, Art Gallery, as well as Meishu zazhi (or Art Monthly), of which he was a senior editor for many years in the 1990s. He is a contributing author of such books as Chinese Art at the End of the Millennium (2000) and Encyclopedia of Contemporary Chinese Culture (2005). Dr. Qian has also organized a number of exhibitions, including “East Transplanted West” at Kean University (2006), “Travelers Between Cultures” at New Jersey Visual Arts Center (2006), “Here and Now: Chinese Artists in New York” at Museum of Chinese in America (2010), “Contemporary Chinese Art” section at Asia Art Fair New York (2014), “Fantastic Art China: Cross-Cultural Dialogue – An Exhibition of China-America Young Artists and Art Students”, “Abstract Ink Work of Zhong Yueying” (2016) and “Abstract Art in Dialogue” (2017). Dr. Qian is also the co-curator of such exhibitions as “A Tradition Re-Interpreted: Recent Works of Contemporary Chinese Artists” at the Cleveland State University Galleries (2015) and “Abstract Art of American and Chinese Artists” (forthcoming 2017). His numerous translation works include H.H. Arnason’s History of Modern Art (forthcoming 2017).

Work Phone
1-718-260-4979; 1-917-340-2369
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My Courses

ARTH1108-D425 Art of Asia, SP2019

ARTH1108-D425 Art of Asia, SP2019

This survey course examines historical developments of art and architecture in Asia, with emphasis on India, China and Japan, from the Neolithic period to modern times, and their role in the formation of Asian cultures. We will explore such topics as art and religion, art and afterlife, art and state power, landscape painting and the understanding of nature, art and garden culture, and the East and the West in modern and contemporary art, etc. We will investigate such art forms as ceramics, sculpture, painting and calligraphy, architecture and garden design. We will discuss important artifacts in light of medium, form and style, historical context, iconographical meaning, and their religious and social functions.

ARTH2200 Art and Urban Culture in Modern China, SP2019

ARTH2200 Art and Urban Culture in Modern China, SP2019

This course investigates how modern and contemporary Chinese artists and filmmakers respond to the many ways in which China’s accelerated urbanization affects the cultural, social, political and economic life in the world’s new superpower. Topics and themes include city planning, architecture and communal life in the communist regime; environmental art and urban culture in Post-Mao period; architectural designs by foreign architects since the 1990s; and urban life and the politics of consumption in the era of reform and globalization. It aims at helping students understand the formation and transformation of a new urban culture in a China that is playing an increasingly important role in today’s global affairs.

ARTH1108-D428 Art of Asia, SP2019

ARTH1108-D428 Art of Asia, SP2019

This survey course examines historical developments of art and architecture in Asia, with emphasis on India, China and Japan, from the Neolithic period to modern times, and their role in the formation of Asian cultures. We will explore such topics as art and religion, art and afterlife, art and state power, landscape painting and the understanding of nature, art and garden culture, and the East and the West in modern and contemporary art, etc. We will investigate such art forms as ceramics, sculpture, painting and calligraphy, architecture and garden design. We will discuss important artifacts in light of medium, form and style, historical context, iconographical meaning, and their religious and social functions.

ARTH1110 Islamic Art, SP2019

ARTH1110 Islamic Art, SP2019

This survey course examines historical developments of arts and architecture in the Islamic world from the seventh to the nineteenth centuries. We will explore the main achievements in such areas as Arabia and Syria, Iran and Central Asia, Egypt, North Africa and Spain, Anatolia, and India, with a focus on architectural design and structure, decoration motifs and their meanings, illustrated books and mural paintings, textiles, ceramics, glass and metalwork, etc. Class discussion topics will include differentiating religious and secular art, figurative and non-figurative imagery, regional styles and cultural traditions.

My Projects

Capstone Experience Committee

Capstone Experience Committee

The committee meets to develop and establish the requirements for City Tech Capstone courses and to approve courses submitted by the academic departments for Capstone status.

Curatorial Work

Curatorial Work

Art exhibitions and related events

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