By Leslie Yager
Heads up! Step inside the Bruce Museum and don’t forget to look up. The resident bird who descends from skylight remains in his place, but the foyer has been transformed around him.
Artist Lin Yan used white and gray sheets of paper for an installation in the lobby rotunda and skylight, extending the “Tales of Two Cities: New York and Beijing” exhibit all the way to the museum’s entrance.
Throughout the exhibit, complimentary artworks by New York-based artists are paired with those of Beijing-based artists. The exhibit, curated by Pan Qing, Michelle Y. Loh and Sarah McNaughton, is an experiment in blurred outlines and crossed stories.
Artists were matched based on their artistic processes and issues related to their urban environments.
Interim director of marketing and communications, Karen Schwarz said that Loh and McNaughton, who live in New York City paired artists together, not to create collaborative pieces, but to pair pieces with the same feel.