Hentyle Yapp and Sarita Echavez See: Current Topics in Dance Research Colloquium Series


Hentyle Yapp in conversation w/ Sarita Echavez See

“Minor China: Method, Materialisms, and the Aesthetic”

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Co-sponsors: Department of Dance, Department of Gender and Sexuality Studies, Department of Media & Cultural Studies, CIS Performing Difference Research Cluster


In Minor China: Method, Materialisms, and the Aesthetic, Hentyle Yapp analyzes contemporary Chinese art as it circulates on the global art market to outline the limitations of Western understandings of non-Western art. Yapp reconsiders the all-too-common narratives about Chinese art that celebrate the heroic artist who embodies political resistance against the authoritarian state. These narratives, as Yapp establishes, prevent Chinese art, aesthetics, and politics from being discussed in the West outside the terms of Western liberalism and notions of the “universal.” Yapp engages with art ranging from photography and performance to curation and installations to foreground what he calls the minor as method—tracking aesthetic and intellectual practices that challenge the predetermined ideas and political concerns that uphold dominant conceptions of history, the state, and the subject. By examining the minor in the work of artists such as Ai Weiwei, Zhang Huan, Cao Fei, Cai Guo-Qiang, Carol Yinghua Lu, and others, Yapp demonstrates that the minor allows for discussing non-Western art more broadly and for reconfiguring dominant political and aesthetic institutions and structures.

For a free PDF of the book's introduction and more information, please go to https://www.dukeupress.edu/minor-china. Duke University Press is offering a discount for the book. For a 30% discount, please use E21YAPP at https://www.dukeupress.edu/minor-china.


Dr. Hentyle Yapp is Associate Professor in the Department of Theater and Dance at University of California, San Diego. He is the author Minor China: Method, Materialisms, and Mediation on the Global Art Market (Duke UP) and has published in GLQ, American Quarterly, Journal of Visual Culture, Women & Performance, Journal of Literary & Cultural Disability Studies, and Verge: Studies in Global Asias.

Dr. Sarita Echavez See is Professor in Media and Cultural Studies at UCR; the author of the monographs The Filipino Primitive: Accumulation and Resistance in the American Museum and The Decolonized Eye: Filipino American Art and Performance; and a member of the editorial collective for the anthology Critical Ethnic Studies: A Reader.


This talk is part of the 2021-2022 UCR Department of Dance Colloquium. For more information about the series, please see here.


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Monday, January 31 at 4:00pm to 5:30pm

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