Alumni Book Talk – Shelley Drake Hawks '86
Join us as we welcome Shelley Drake Hawks ‘86, who will speak about her new book published by University of Washington Press titled The Art of Resistance: Painting by Candlelight in Mao’s China.
Sunday, February 18, 2018 @ 3:00 PM
Diesel Bookstore, Brentwood Country Mart, 225 26th St., Ste 33, Santa Monica, CA 90402
Cost: No charge.
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Hawks tells the story of courageous Chinese painters who refused to let their art become propaganda during China’s Cultural Revolution (1966-1976). Based on years of original research, she reveals for the first time how seven ink painters defended their artistic ideals despite physical and psychological persecution. The talk is drawn from her book, The Art of Resistance: Painting by Candlelight in Mao’s China, a gorgeously illustrated work that offers a new look at an era still little known in China. It is about art and history, but ultimately it is about undaunted individuals who refused to surrender their inner freedom.
"Written with grace and keen insight, this work …addresses both art and history compellingly in a way that enriches both disciplines."—Vera Schwarcz, Colors of Veracity: A Quest for Truth in China and Beyond.
About the Author:
SHELLEY DRAKE HAWKS is a writer and historian in Concord, MA who teaches art history at Middlesex Community College. She has also taught at Mount Holyoke College, Boston University, UMASS-Boston, and Rhode Island School of Design. She has a masters in Asia regional studies from Harvard and a doctorate in history from Brown.