Contemporary art collector and Art.sy co-founder Wendi Murdoch and artist Kenzo Digital discuss how technology is transforming the practices of presenting and collecting art with Asia Society Museum Director Melissa Chiu.
Dr. Melissa Chiu
Dr. Melissa Chiu is Museum Director and Senior Vice President, Global Arts and Cultural Programs, Asia Society in New York responsible for overseeing the programming for museums in New York, Houston and Hong Kong. She was previously Founding Director of the Asia-Australia Arts Centre in Sydney (1996-2001).
As a leading authority on Asian contemporary art, she has organized nearly 30 exhibitions of artists from across Asia including a retrospective by Zhang Huan, a survey of Yoshitomo Nara, and an exhibition of art from China’s Cultural Revolution.
She earned a M.A. in Arts Administration (1994) and a PhD (2005) in Art History and is the author of numerous articles and books including Breakout: Chinese Art Outside China (2007), Chinese Contemporary Art: 7 Things You Should Know (2008), Asian Art Now (Monacelli Press, 2010, co-authored with Benjamin Genocchio) and an anthology Contemporary Art in Asia: A Critical Reader (MIT Press, 2011, co-edited with Benjamin Genocchio). She has served on numerous panels including Pew, Institute of Museum and Library Services and New York State Council on the Arts and currently serves on the board American Association of Museums, and Museums Association of New York.
Kenzo Digital is a director and video artist based in New York. He has had films in the Tribeca Film Festival and Mill Valley Film Festival, and was a nominee for the Rockefeller Film Fellowship. He has had a string of successful viral video art projects that have gained him notoriety (“City of God’s Son”, “Vote Obama”, and “Super Ultra Karatay” to name a few). Most recently he worked with Beyonce to create her highly celebrated 2011 Billboard performance, and with Kanye West for his ground breaking video art concert series. He is the video director of world famous video artist Nam June Paik’s studio (the father of video art), and has done video art installations for him at the Guggenheim, Tate Museum, and National Gallery of Art. His work has been critically acclaimed by The New York Times, Vice Magazine/The Creator’s project, The Huffington Post, Kanye West, Complex Magazine, Wired Magazine, and many others. He has several film and new media projects currently in development. He joined world renowned ad agency Wieden & Kennedy as a Creative Director where he directed the Dwyane Wade and Chris Paul broadcast and print campaigns for Nike/Jordan Brand.
Wendi Murdoch is co-CEO of Big Feet Productions, a film production company launched in 2008. Ms. Murdoch produced the feature film Snow Flower and the Secret Fan, based on the 2005 best-selling novel of the same name. It was released simultaneously in the United States, Europe and China in summer, 2011 and won the Golden Angel Film Award in November of that year. Ms. Murdoch, a collector of Chinese contemporary art, is also a co-founder of Artsy, a digital start-up that globally enables people to discover, learn about and collect fine art. She continues to provide strategic counsel to News Corporation’s interests in China and began her career with the company as a vice president at its satellite television operation, STAR. A native of China, Ms. Murdoch is fluent in Mandarin and English. She holds an MBA from Yale University’s School of Management and a BA in Economics from California State University at Northridge in Los Angeles. Ms. Murdoch currently serves on the boards of American Film Institute and Yale School of Management. She is married to Rupert Murdoch, Chairman and CEO of News Corporation. The couple has two children.