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Today's featured event: China looms large at the Myhren Gallery

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Like just about everything else, some of the boldest new art hitting our shores comes from China these days. But unlike sports shoes and electronics, these works aren't commodities by any stretch of the word. And they're popular at several venues right here in Denver. From the Denver Art Museum and the Museum of Contemporary Art/Denver to the Robischon Gallery, local galleries (and their audiences) are enthusiastic about China's contemporary imports, which often speak of ongoing culture clash in an immense nation that's ever speeding down the economic fast-track away from its 20th-century Maoist roots, leaving the backwaters behind for bright, new industrial cities and Western ideas.

DU's Myhren Gallery, on campus at 2121 E. Asbury Avenue, is the latest to give the movement a nod: Transforming Traditions: Contemporary Chinese Art from the Logan Collection , a student-organized exhibit featuring works by nine leading artists from the vaults of Chinese art champions Kent and Vicki Logan, opens today with a panel discussion and reception. Painter and installation artist Liu Hung and sculptors Yu Fan and Jiao Xingtao will talk about their work and milieu, along with independent San Francisco curator Jeff Kelley and moderator Tom Whitten, a longtime local authority on modern art from China, in Lindsay Auditorium, Sturm Hall, 2000 E. Asbury Avenue at 4 p.m.. The reception is from 5 to 8 p.m. back at the gallery.

Transforming Traditions continues through April 26. Visit the gallery website or call 303-871-3716 to learn more.

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