Pomona College Museum of Art Receives $10,000 NEA Grant for Augment Chinese Documentary Photography Exhibit

The Pomona College Museum of Art has received a $10,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Arts to support educational programming related to its spring 2010 exhibit of Chinese documentary photography, China: Insights.

On view at the Pomona College Museum of Art from January 22 to April 17, 2011, China: Insights presents a cross-section of contemporary documentary work from Mainland China that explores the transition of the People’s Republic of China from a rural/agrarian environment to the urban/industrial setting.

The exhibit includes the work of seven photographers from China -- Chen Yuan Zhong, Hua Er, Jia Yu Chuan, Li Nan, Yang Yan Kang, Yu Haibo, and Zhang Xinmin -- who have created long-term documentation of aspects of Chinese culture. Themes include rural Catholicism, matrilineal culture in an agrarian setting, the population shift from country to city, prostitution, gender and identity, typologies of urban citizenry, and the emergence of a thriving pop music and club scene as an index of internationalization.