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Reception & Poetry Reading: Travels to China and Tibet by Tony Schwartz, Poetry by Bei Ling – Griffin @ SOWA

January 12 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm


Travels to China and Tibet

Tony Schwartz
November 16 – February 2, 2018
Reception and Poetry reading by Chinese Poet, Bei Ling,   January 12, 2018 6 – 8 PM

Travels to China and Tibet will be on view at the Griffin at 530 Harrison Avenue in SOWA, MA, November 16 – February 2, 2017. A reception will be held on January 12th from 6-8pm. Tony will talk about his work, and Chinese poet, Bei Ling, will read from his poetry.

“As long as I can remember I have been involved in the visual arts. This started with drawing as a child, and has included sculpture, oil painting and film photography. Since 2003 my artistic passion has been photography,” writes Schwartz.

“Much of my work includes images that are converted from color to monochrome….the use of sepia tones for this exhibition seemed to fit best with the nations visited and the subject matter of the images. This exhibition includes images acquired in China and Tibet in 2007. Though China has, in recent years, emerged in many ways into modernity, I chose to focus on images that reminded me of that nation’s rich past.”

Before devoting himself fully to photographic art Tony was an academic veterinary surgeon and immunologist.  He has been on the faculties of several universities, most recently, the Tufts Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine in North Grafton, MA. There, he served as Professor and Chair of the Surgery Department and as an Associate Dean until retiring in 2005. He resides in Boston, MA and Peru, VT with his wife Claudia. Tony is represented by 3 Pears Gallery in Dorset VT. His work has been juried into many national exhibitions and has a permanent exhibition on view at Tufts Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine. Tony has had solo and two-person exhibitions at Southern Vermont Arts Center, Copley Society of Art, South Shore Arts Center, Dark Room Gallery, Gallery Seven, Photographic Resource Center, and the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. He has produced two photobooks, Same Yet Different (2013) and Claudia’s Doll and Other Windows (2016).  For his photographic work, he has received awards from Boston Camera Club, Cape Cod Art Association, New England Camera Club Conference, and South Shore Arts Center.

Bei Ling is an exiled writer, essayist, literary editor and publisher.He received the PEN USA’s Freedom to write award in 2000, and is a founder of the Independent Chinese PEN Center (ICPC). In the 1980s, Bei Ling was a main organizer of the Beijing underground literature movement. From 1993,he is back to China and since 1995 he has more than half time lived in Beijing.In August 2000, he was jailed in Beijing on charges of “illegal publication” for publishing the thirteenth issue of Tendency. After being released from prison, he was deported to the United States. He has lived in Germany, France, Hong Kong, and now living Taiwan and Boston. He was selected as an author in residence at the New York Public Library’s Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers in 2002-2003, author in residence at the Kunstlerhaus Schloss Wiepersdorf in Germany in 1998, recipient of the German Academic Exchange Service Fellowship in 1997, and author in residence at Brown University from 1990 to 1993. His work includes Bei Ling: Selected PoemsHavel: A Simple, Complicated Man, and German translations of literary memoirs Exiled (Ausgewiesenpage, German language edition) and Sacrificing Self and Freedom: Biography of Liu Xiaobo (Der Freiheit Geopfert, German language edition).



January 12
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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Griffin at SOWA
530 Harrison Ave
Boston, 02118 United States
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