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Intersections: Jennifer Wen Ma

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Jennifer Wen Ma works in media other than video, including installation, drawing, fashion design, performance, and architectural and public art. Born in 1973 in Beijing, China, she moved to the United State in 1986, and received an MFA from Pratt Institute, New York, in 1999. She was a member of the core creative team for the opening and closing ceremonies of the 2008 Beijing Summer Olympics, and chief designer for visual and special effects. She won an Emmy as an associate producer for the NBC broadcast of the Games’ opening ceremony.

Ma has participated in numerous international exhibitions, including the 2006 Singapore Biennale and the 2009 Echigo-Tsumari Art Triennial. Her upcoming exhibitions include Expo 2010 Shanghai, China; the 2010 Biennale of Sydney; and 2010 Taipei International Gardening and Horticulture Exposition, among others. Her permanent public artworks are displayed at the Digital Beijing Building, the Beijing Center for the Arts, and the National Art Museum of China.


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Intersections is a series of contemporary art projects that explores—as the title suggests—the intriguing intersections between old and new traditions, modern and contemporary art practices, and museum spaces and artistic interventions. Whether engaging with the permanent collection or diverse spaces in the museum, the projects suggest new relationships with their own surprises.

Many of the projects also riff on the nontraditional nature of the museum’s galleries, sometimes activating spaces that are not typical exhibition areas with art produced specifically for those locations.