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Artist Matthew Barney: Redoubt

Tuesday, September 24, 2019

This talk is part of the Greenberg Distinguished Colloquium.

Time and Location

Tuesday, September 24
Registration:   6:30-7:00 pm
Talk and Q&A:   7:00-8:30 pm

Yale Center Beijing
8 Jianguomenwai Avenue, 36th Floor, Tower B, IFC Building (Yong’anli Station, Exit C)

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Free for students; RMB 60 for Yale alumni; RMB 80 for others.

Walk-ins are not accepted.

Refreshments will be provided.


The language of the event will be English with translation into Chinese.

The Event

On September 24, contemporary artist Matthew Barney '89 will discuss his latest project, Redoubt, and his work as an artist at Yale Center Beijing. The evening will conclude with a Q&A session.

Matthew Barney is a leading contemporary artist, whose latest work, Redoubt, in the focus of a major exhibition that opens at UCCA Beijing on September 28. The exhibition was organized by Yale University Art Gallery where it debuted last March through June 2019. Matthew Barney: Redoubt will be on view at UCCA in Beijing from September 28 through January 12.

Redoubt includes an eponymous two-hour film that traces the story of a wolf hunt in central Idaho. Also featured are five monumental sculptures, more than forty engravings and electroplated copper plates, and an artist-conceived catalogue. Taken together, these works create a complex portrait of the American landscape.

The Speaker

Matthew Barney '89

Matthew Barney was born in San Francisco in 1967 and raised in Boise, Idaho. He attended Yale University, receiving his BA in 1989, then moved to New York City, where he lives today.

From his earliest work, Barney has explored the transcendence of physical limitations in a multimedia art practice that incorporates film, sculpture, photography, and drawing. His notable projects include River of Fundament, 2014, a film-opera in three acts; The CREMASTER Cycle, a five-part project made from 1994-2002; and his ongoing series DRAWING RESTRAINT (1989 – present).

Barney's work has been the subject of major exhibitions at museums around the world, including the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa, Japan; and Haus der Kunst Munich.

Greenberg Distinguished Colloquium


Thanks to the generosity of Mr. Maurice R. Greenberg, Chairman and CEO of C.V. Starr & Co. Inc. the Yale Center Beijing is pleased to host the Greenberg Distinguished Colloquium, which will convene thought leaders from all sectors who, in the spirit of Mr. Greenberg, play pivotal roles in building bridges among China, the U.S., and the rest of the world.

Mr. Greenberg has been a member of Yale Center Beijing’s Executive Council and retired as the Chairman and CEO of American International Group (AIG). In 2018, he was awarded the China Reform Friendship Medal.

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