Ink Art at M+

Speaker's Biography

Lesley Ma is Curator of Ink Art at M+, Hong Kong, a museum for visual culture slated to open in 2019. In 2013, She co-curated “Great Crescent: Art and Agitation in the 1960s—Japan, South Korea, and Taiwan” at Para Site, Hong Kong. From 2005 to 2009 she was Project Director at Cai Guo-Qiang Studio in New York and was Curatorial Coordinator at The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles from 2011 to 2012. Ma is currently working on a PhD dissertation in art history, theory, and criticism at the University of California, San Diego.

Gerald was recently the Vice President of the European Network of Cultural Administration Training Centres [ENCATC]. For a number of years he analysed the statistics for the West End Theatres in London and has undertaken an evaluation of the National Endowment for Science Technology and the Arts [NESTA], Creative Pioneer programme. He has recently completed a major research evaluation of a dance project for Sadler's Wells in the UK. Gerald has been awarded honorary doctorates by Vysoka Skola Muzickych Umeni v Bratislave in Slovakia, 2004 and by Hanoi University of Culture in 2009.


Since its conception, M+ has set a different course from other museums with global ambitions. Amongst the major fields and categories in the M+ collection and exhibition strategy—visual art, moving image, and design and architecture, ink art plays an integral role, just as it does in the art and cultural histories of our region. However, ink art's diverse developments since the latter half of the twentieth century have not been met by progressive collecting and exhibition practices, nor have they been comfortably seated in the discourse of contemporary art and curation. M+ thus is well positioned to take on the challenge of reflecting the historical and emergent moments of ink art through its collecting, exhibition, and research activities, as well as pushing the public understanding of ink art beyond existing narratives and boundaries. This talk will discuss how M+ approaches ink art in the context of a modern and contemporary visual culture museum and the urgent tasks it faces in integrating ink art into global art historical canons.

Guest: Lesley Ma (Curator, Ink Art, M+)
Date: 25 March (Wednesday)
Time: 18:00-19:30
Venue: LT-13. 4/F, AC 1

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Last updated: 13 March 2015