The Jericho Public Library has announced the opening of its inaugural contemporary ink and wash exhibition, entitled “The Light Shines in the Darkness” by artist Xiaoqiang Li.
This exhibition, curated by program coordinator Phyllis Cox, is considered one of the most extensive collections ever showcased by the library and aims to explore the relationship between science and art through a multidisciplinary discussion led by esteemed professors and experts.
The exhibition was honored by the presence of Maoye Ji, CEO of Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Asia, who delivered a keynote speech on the significance of the exhibition.
Ji noted the remarkable achievement of Li, a Chinese immigrant, in overcoming cultural and language barriers to actively share unique Chinese culture with local communities.
He emphasized that such an act not only enriches cultural diversity within American communities but also serves as a medium to showcase the excellence and values of Chinese culture.
The exhibition also featured Tsinghua University professor Daozi, who introduced the ways of seeing in art and used Li’s artworks as a foundation.
Daozi discussed the relationship between science and art from ancient Greece to contemporary historical narratives and emphasized that art and science overlap greatly at the point of their intersection, which is the latent place for miracles created by human beings.
Art critic Qingsong Hao also provided an insightful summary of Li Xiaoqiang’s ink paintings and their correlation between the themes of “double darkness” and “triple redemption”.
The public is invited to come and appreciate the beauty and meaning behind the works of Xiaoqiang Li on display in Jericho Public Library.