OPENING RECEPTION: Saturday, October 23, 2021, 2-5pm

1857 Hallock & McMillan 

Red door on SW Oak Street around the corner from SW Naito Parkway

YANG FUDONG—from Yejiang/The Nightman Cometh to Dawn Breaking 

October 23, 2021 – February 26, 2022

The seventh season is presented at the 1857 Hallock & McMillan in Old Town Chinatown

YANG FUDONG—from Yejiang/The Nightman Cometh to Dawn Breaking presents the work of Shanghai-based Chinese artist Yang Fudong (b. 1971) and places it at the intersection of film, performance, and contemporary art. Yang’s season returns Zena Zezza to Portland’s oldest building located in the heart of Old Town Chinatown.

Yang graduated from the China Academy of Fine Arts in Hangshou (1995) with a classical education in Chinese landscape painting. Over more than two decades as an artist and filmmaker, Yang has engaged Chinese history, identity, and memory in video and film works in which he reconstructs the tropes of Chinese landscape painting in a landscape veiled in mist, or is inspired by a Chinese legend in which philosophers, poets, and musicians gather in search of an ideal life. Over time, his oeuvre can be seen as a portrayal of China’s modernization over the past twenty years. 

Since 1997, Yang has created more than twenty-five films and ten installations which have been shown in Asia, Europe, and less frequently in the US. He was featured in Documenta 11, 2002, the 52nd Venice Biennale, 2007, and in 2012/2013, Yang’s work was the subject of a survey exhibition at the Berkeley Art Museum Pacific Film Archive and Kunsthalle Zurich. Zena presents Yang’s work for the first time in the Pacific Northwest featuring an installation of Moving Mountains and three short films including Liu LanFirst Spring, and Robber South. Film screenings throughout the duration of the season will feature Dawn Breaking – A Museum Film Project DailiesEstranged Paradise, and the five chapters of Seven Intellectuals in Bamboo Forest.

Zena’s artist project season YANG FUDONG—from Yejiang/The Nightman Cometh to Dawn Breaking will present a series of performative dialogues events that explore the ideas and influences within Yang’s work bringing together theory, scholarship and the artist’s practice with curators, writers, and guests from other fields. 

Curated by Sandra Percival, founding Director and Curator, Zena Zezza

Free and open to the public 
Thursday, Friday, Saturday
And by appointment: email

Zena Zezza’s Yang Fudong Artist Project Season is made possible with the generosity and support of artist, Yang Fudong, Junette Teng and Rose Lord, Marian Goodman Gallery, New York, and Sequin Ou, ShanghART Gallery, Shanghai.

We are grateful for support from the Oregon Cultural Trust, Regional Arts & Culture Council, the James F. and Marion L. Miller Foundation, and the Oregon Arts Commission.

Zena Zezza wishes to thank all donors and supporters of Zena who make Artist Project Seasons and our dialogues series possible.

Production of Yang Fudong’s artist project season would not be possible without the expertise and participation of: Derek Franklin, production; Scott Ponik, design; Dustin Williams, technical support, and Patricia Failing.

Location: Entrance to the 1857 Hallock & McMillan is the red door on SW Oak Street, just around the corner from SW Naito Parkway, 97204. 
Dress warmly, the 1857 building has no heat and no restrooms. All visitors must show proof of a full course of vaccination. Masks are required inside. Please maintain social distancing during your visit. If necessary, we will limit capacity. 

The 1857 Hallock & McMillan is a historical building with two floors. The first floor is accessible, the upper floor only by stairs. We welcome visitors with physical disabilities—in advance of your visit, please email or call 415-321-9304 so we can ensure assistance and the fullest experience of the exhibition as possible.