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  • Zhi Lin at SOU

  • The Schneider Museum of Art will host an opening reception for its newest exhibit "Zhi Lin: From Tiananmen Square to Promontory Summit," from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 7, at the museum on the Southern Oregon University campus, 1250 Siskiyou Blvd., Ashland.
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  • The Schneider Museum of Art will host an opening reception for its newest exhibit "Zhi Lin: From Tiananmen Square to Promontory Summit," from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 7, at the museum on the Southern Oregon University campus, 1250 Siskiyou Blvd., Ashland.
    Zhi Lin teaches in the art department at the University of Washington and will be present at the reception. His artwork has been displayed across the United States and in China.
    His collection includes two bodies of work, "Five Capital Punishments in China" and "Invisible and Unwelcomed People: Chinese Railroad Workers."
    His "Capital Punishment" work includes five, 12-by-7-foot mixed-media paintings and screen printing on canvas — "Starvation," "Flaying," "Firing Squad," "Decapitation" and "Drawing and Quartering" — as well as about a dozen small charcoal studies. His work in the Cultural Revolution and the Tiananmen Square Massacre in 1989 shaped much of his art, which speaks out against violence and cruelty.
    The "Invisible and Unwelcomed People" collection documents an aspect of American history that is often forgotten — the work of Chinese immigrants helped build the transcontinental railroad in the 1860s. The set includes several large format Chinese ink drawings.
    Lin's work was included in the book, "Outside In: Chinese x American x Contemporary Art," which was produced by the Princeton University Art Gallery and the Yale University Press in 2009.
    The show will be displayed through Feb. 20. A suggested donation of $5 is appreciated.
    The museum will be closed until Thursday, Jan. 7. Museum hours are from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Call 552-6245.
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