Presented by author Xu Fangfang, daughter of artist Xu Beihong

Artist Xu Beihong is lauded as one of the fathers of Chinese modern painting. Famous for his spirited ink-brush paintings of galloping horses, Xu Beihong (1895–1953) integrated Chinese and Western painting and mentored generations of Chinese artists.

Xu Beihong’s daughter, Xu Fangfang, visits the MFAH to share her father’s legacy. She describes how Xu Beihong’s family and his artistic heritage survived the turbulence of Chairman Mao’s ever-changing policies, which dictated the direction of art and music in China from 1949 through the Cultural Revolution of 1966 to 1976.

Following the talk, Xu Fangfang signs copies of her book, Galloping Horses: Artist Xu Beihong and His Family in Mao’s China.

This talk is made possible by a collaboration between the MFAH and the art history department at Rice University.

About the Speaker
Born and raised in Beijing, Xu Fangfang graduated from Beijing’s Preparatory Music High School. She moved to the United States in 1981 and earned a BA from the University of California, Berkeley, and an MBA from Stanford University. She is the founding director of the music department at Renmin University of China, and she helped organize the first solo U.S. exhibition of Xu Beihong’s work, at the Denver Art Museum in 2011.

Drop in! Admission is free.

The talk takes place in the American General conference room on the mezzanine level of the Beck Building. Seating is limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis.

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The Freed Lecture Series is made possible by endowment income from the Eleanor and Frank Freed Foundation.