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The US Embassy in China collaborated with a US art group and local museum to put on a 'Day Without Art' poster painting exhibition in Beijing on December 1, the World AIDS Day, to attract Chinese youth to creative arts and pay tribute to talented artists died of AIDS. The two sisters Megan and KC Connolly are from New York, and they represent the CHART Contemporary, a US art group now based in Beijing that calls to bring together art and people. Link
More than 200 high school students participated in Day Without Art poster-making workshop. After the event, more than 200 high school students were encouraged to draw on the wall about their feelings on AIDS and Day without art activities. Link
Some 200 students are taking part in a special art campaign to mark World AIDS Day. The event organizers are two American sisters, KC and Megan Connolly, who say China’s young students have an important mission ahead of them.They have one common goal for China,promoting AIDS awareness through art. We work with middle and high schools students. They are the real spokespeople. Link
Just as China announces plans to curtail its one-child policy, a new art exhibition in Beijing takes a look at the experience of being an only child – through the eyes of an artist whose work focuses on the lonely children of his generation… Link
The art world is a competitive industry of raw talents that are all trying to gain exposure. The Connolly’s are already across three cities and plan on going even more global in the future, which also will bring on more challenges… Link
…For Connolly, the must-sees of 798 vary depending on your tastes and what shows are happening … but some favorites include the Pace Gallery, whose cavernous, interconnecting galleries are well suited for showcasing large pieces … Italian-owned Gallery Continua is notable both for its edgy shows and its “architecturally significant space,” Connolly explained… Link
…His versatility as an artist defines the harmonious balance of skill and vision so attractive to collectors, says Megan Connolly, director of Chart Contemporary, a Beijing-based art consultancy…. Link
...Two New York City, bright pink lipstick-wearing sisters, KC Vienna (left) and Megan Connolly (right), have embraced Beijing’s vibrant art community. Their wonderfully creative business ChART Contemporary is like a work of art itself- challenging and helping change the present understandings of art in Beijing…. Link
...Admittedly, being jet-lagged and not being a modern-art enthusiast myself, I was initially a bit apprehensive about my foray into 798. Fortunately, I had Connolly as my guide.
The neighborhood has a rich array of offerings in the way of galleries, exhibits, restaurants, cafes and event spaces, but it is fairly spread out, so having the right insider is crucial for making the best use of one's time. Link
...Asian art specialist Megan Connolly, an ex-pat from New York City who co-owns Chart Contemporary, a Beijing-based “curatorial lab,” can help to set up a function in one of the many high-end galleries and speak to your group about the flourishing contemporary Chinese art scene. Link
“My mom wore an Army uniform day in and day out … I would ask to see family heirlooms, pieces of vintage embroidery, or anything old, but it was all destroyed.” In terms of style, Fu says, China’s younger generation is “going through a process of self-education.” They are beginning to see fashion “fused seamlessly with art, architecture, design, even cars,” says Megan Connolly who offer tours of Beijing’s art and culture scene with her sister KC. “Many Chinese today simply want to be surrounded with stylish things.” Link
"...At six o’clock in the evening of a particular open house, the installation comes down. This mere four hours of ephemeral existence of an art installation offers its audience a window of time and space to look at art from a different angle. Being alternative is as simple as challenging what exists by offering another way, be that through a fixed physical space, or physical spaces that manifest another conceptual model...." Link
“...China’s 'new cultural golden age', as Megan calls it, has made it possible for ChART to grow rapidly. The sisters have already added modern architecture and design tours to their offerings, and they're full of ideas for future exhibitions and other projects.” Link
…"Sanitation worker Sun Qijun had a ribbon pinned on his chest and a sticker on the rear of his garbage tricycle, but still inquired, "Isn't AIDS an American problem? Us Chinese don't have it, do we?"
Local villager Gao Wenzhen, 75, wondered if AIDS can be cured. Link
...."Every year, we hope that the initiative will grow not only in scale but also in the awareness that we can bring to the local community. Last year, there were 80 of us and we were in the 798 ArtDistrict. This year, we're going to Cao Changdi; because it's a place where the local community, the artists and the art galleries can really co exist." Link
…BWYA art teacher KC Vienna Connolly has often taken her students to the galleries before, but this is the very first time for her students to see her own creations. KC exhibited her photography works including an interesting series of visitors to IKEA taking a nap on the beds on sale - called “Beijing, Make Yourself at Home”, which is an ongoing project that began in 2007 when KC first visited IKEA in Beijing.“I was inspired by China’s new-found materialism and this new interest in lifestyle trends. I began documenting visitors interacting with different show rooms and I spent many days inside the world’s 2nd largest IKEA here in Beijing. Link
…“We believe art belongs to everyone, so we decided to bring art outside of galleries for those who are too shy and timid to enter”, Megan said. It is important that people outside of galleries and the art scene are able to touch and experience art.” Link
...Inspired by these illuminati, local brilliant minds lit up the UCCA in 798 on Saturday, at the first edition of the TEDx798 Factory in Beijing. Under the topic "Insider-Outsider," four presenters had 18 minutes each to be smart as a whip. A selected audience of 70 learned how vigorous minds whir to change the world. Link
...Megan and KC Vienna Connolly will be discussing their Open House series that presents new work by emerging artists and exhibits it in Beijing architecture that is either for rent, sale or abandoned. All taking place within the modern industrial landscape of China these exhibitions reference the public consumption of real estate and its similarities to the business of contemporary Chinese art. Link
"Open House is the project of American curator sisters Megan and KC Connolly. Jaded with the normal avenues of exhibition, they came up with another idea. They knew Beijing was full of empty rooms that were slated for demolition or rent.” Link (Page 51)
"At 9:41 on a recent Sunday morning, the text message was sent: "Come to Fangyuan Xi Lu. Right of the Sunny Golden Market. Left of the U&D Jewelry. Underground 20A near Sculpting in Time Cafe. Call for assistance. Time: 2 to 6 pm. The recipients of the message arrived one by one, sometimes in pairs or a few groups of three or so. They were led down stairs, through a maze of dimly lit corridors deep below Beijing's busy streets." Link
"...The students made 4000 HIV/AIDS red ribbons, 1000 stickers, 100 red-ribbon earmuffs, and designed a poster for all of the shops and galleries in 798. This is their first 798 Day Without Art intervention. 9 galleries or spaces, including Timezone 8 bookstore, the first and most important art bookseller and publisher in China, participated on December 1st by closing to the public." Link