Screening: A Day on the Grand Canal (Haas & Hockney) (1988)

Join David Hockney as he assumes the role of an art teacher and journey through China via a spectacular 72-foot 17th century Chinese scroll by Wang Hui (1632-1717) depicting Emperor Kangxi’s tour of his empire. The illustrious British artist provides an articulate analysis into the way the scroll was painted and how it differs from a later one executed after the introduction of Western perspective into Chinese art. Accompanied by Hockney’s fascinating narration, the film subtly reveals as much about Hockney’s own work as it does about the scrolls.