About the Project
The John Nicholas Brown Center for Public Humanities (JNBC) and the Chinese University of Hong Kong Cultural Management Program (CUHK) enjoy a transnational partnership dedicated to the study of and collaboration between the arts, humanities, culture, and society. In 2016, the JNBC sent group of students to Hong Kong to work with CUHK and curate an exhibition on the 2014 Umbrella Movement.
Jonathan Cortez, Christina Ho, Andrea Ledesma, Kara Noto, and Emily Sellon spent 10 days in Hong Kong. They met with movement participants, as well as with CUHK faculty and students, collecting interviews, photographs, and art.
Upon return, the curatorial team completed the Umbrella Movement exhibition under the guidelines of a graduate course, Methods in Public Humanities. This curriculum explored the skills necessary for curating and installing the exhibition, including grant writing and exhibit design.
The students curated and intalled a multi-site exhibition in matter of months. Moments: Images from the Umbrella Movement, Artful Protest: Creative Expression and the Umbrella Movement, and Umbrella Movement: Youth & Activism were on view at three separate sites across Providence. Each tackled a different theme/perspective of the Umbrella Movement: a general overview, art and activism, and youth and activism. Students labored to connect the Umbrella Movement with current local and national discussions around social movements. Art, youth participation, police brutality, generational divides...these narratives emerged in each gallery allowing for a cross-cultural dialogue.
These exhibits were on display from April to September 2016.
The curatorial team would like to thank their many collaborators for their continuous support through this project. This includes:
- Susan Smulyan, Director of the John Nicholas Brown Center for Public Humanities
- Oscar Ho, Director of the MA Program in Cultural Management at the Chinese University of Hong Kong
- The Creative Arts Council of Brown University
- Steven Pennell, Arts & Culture Coordinator, University of Rhode Island
- Robert Lee, Professor of American Studies Brown University
- Monica Martinez, Assistant Professor of American Studies and Ethnic Studies at Brown University
- Birdy Chu, Film Director and Producer
- Marcella Ho, Brown University
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