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A Modern Showcase: Shidai (Modern Miscellany) in 1930s Shanghai
Kuiyi Shen, Professor, Art & Media History, Theory, and Criticism, Department of Visual Arts, University of California, San Diego
The large format monthly Shidai (Modern Miscellany) was published between 1929 and 1935, spanning a period during which the Nationalist government vigorously promoted its agenda of building a new, modern China. After two decades of political chaos that followed overthrow of the last dynasty, the magazine seemed to celebrate the new potential for national progress. It was a showcase of the cultural world of Shanghai, and explored through visual images the many ways in which China had become a modern society. By using striking graphic design, compelling cover images, up-to-date layout, new typography and lettering, and sophisticated printing technology, Shidai both successfully represented, and was itself part of, China’s modernizing visual culture.
Monday, May 05, 2014 | 4:15 pm — 5:30 pm | RSVP Required