Yang Jun, a 2017–18 visiting scholar in the Department of Art History, is an associate professor in the College of Art and Design at Nanjing University of Finance and Economics in China. His current research explores the preservation of Chinese cultural heritage, urban cultural landscapes, and landscape architecture.
Professor Yang will host a small exhibition, “Tracing the Footprint,” in the Crit Space adjacent to the WJB Gallery, February 5–14, 2018. The exhibition consists of posters outlining the three areas of Yang’s work: research, design, and instruction. The first part presents Yang’s heritage research and fieldwork on the preservation of Chinese cultural landscapes. The second focuses on his landscape design, in which he revitalizes community spaces by integrating traditional cultural elements with modern design methods. Yang writes, “Each generation’s activities are a logical extension of those of their predecessors, and the cultural landscape represents the values of these users through different periods.” The third part of the exhibition presents a selection of student projects realized in Yang’s spatial design course.
On Wednesday, February 7 at 5 pm, Yang will give a talk about his work in China and his experiences as a visiting scholar in the U.S. The talk will be held in G40, followed by an opportunity to visit the exhibition with the scholar.