“French President Francois Hollande has called for a new cabinet – the second time in four months. Hollande’s approval rating is 17 percent; the lowest of any French sitting President. His austerity policies with their pro EU slant have put him in conflict with his own party.
“A right wing wave, fueled by the failed EU mandated austerity policies of the last five years, is beginning to sweep Europe. Marine Le Pen has been a beneficiary of this wave – but something more is going on in France where youth unemployment is as high as 25 percent.
“French politicians and public intellectuals need to shake themselves loose from their collective denial and start addressing the concerns of the disaffected and the unemployed young, as Marine Le Pen is currently doing. Otherwise, in 2017 or sooner, Madame President is a very real possibility.”
Thirty-three Taiwanese artists explore the effects of globalization and the interconnected world in the new exhibition “Jie (Boundaries): Contemporary Art from Taiwan,” through Dec. 21 at the Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art. Free and open to the public.
Adopting the philosophical connotations of the Chinese character jie (界, meaning “scope” and/or “boundary”), the exhibition reveals how human identity has become more fluid, variable, remixed and multidimensional, and less defined or determined by ethnicity, location or national allegiances.
Many of the artists grew up with, lived through and struggled against martial law (lifted in 1987), and address local and international politics and major social and environmental concerns, while younger generations show globalization affecting individual life experience, tinged with playfulness and anxiety.
The exhibition was co-organized by the National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts and curated by An-yi Pan, associate professor of the history of art and visual studies, assisted by Ellen Avril, chief curator and curator of Asian art at the museum.
An artists’ forum and symposium on contemporary Taiwanese art Saturday, Sept. 6, will feature five of the artists in the exhibition, and presentations by Pan, art historians and scholars. Free registration; email email@example.com or call 607-254-4642 by Aug. 29 to reserve a space.