Marking many important milestones, Zooming into Focus: Chinese Contemporary Photography and Video from the Haudenschild Collection (2003 - 2005) was the first exhibition of its kind in San Diego and Singapore and the first contemporary Chinese photography exhibition at the Centro Cultural Tijuana, Mexico. It was the first time the Shanghai Art Museum exhibited works on contemporary Chinese video and photography from a private collection and most importantly, it was the first retrospective exhibition of Chinese photography and video ever held at the National Art Museum of China, Beijing.
The works of Cao Fei, Chen Shaoxiong, Feng Mengbo, Geng Jianyi, Hong Hao, Hu Jieming, Kan Xuan, Lui Wei, Lu Chunsheng, Shi Yong, Song Tao, Tang Maohong, Wang Youshen, Weng Fen, Xiang Liqing, Xu Zhen, Yang Fudong, Yang Yong, Yang Zhenzhong, Zhao Bandi, Zheng Gougu and Zhu Jia were included in these exhibitions. Other artists in the collection include Gu Dexin, Hai Bo, Wang Jin, Yang Jiechang, Yu Youhan, Zhao Nengzhi, and Zhou Tiehai.
Lorenz Helbling and Laura Zhou supported all exhibitions. Shi Yong was responsible for the installation design of Zooming into Focus at the National Art Museum of China, Beijing and he also designed the Zooming into Focus catalog.
In addition to the traveling exhibitions, two symposia were held: An International Discourse on New Chinese Video and Photography at the San Diego Museum of Art and Envisioning the Future of Contemporary Art from Different Glocal Positions at the China National Academy of Art in Hangzhou, China.
The haudenschildGarage launched its residency program in 2003 which invited Chinese artists and curators for the first time to the United States. Shi Yong and Yang Zhenzhong were the first artists in residence, and Hou Hanru, Cao Fei, Yang Fudong, Laura Zhou, Lorenz Helbling, Evelyn Jouanno, and Victoria Lu were also invited to the Garage. Both Shi Yong and Yang Zhenzhong produced new works commissioned by the haudenschildGarage while in residence.
STATION I: San Diego, California
University Art Gallery, San Diego State University
October 25, 2003 - April 21, 2004
STATION II: Shanghai, China
Shanghai Art Museum
February 18 - March 30, 2004
STATION III: Tijuana, Mexico
Centro Cultural Tijuana
June 25 - August 23, 2004
STATION IV: Singapore
Institute of Contemporary Art, Earl Lu Gallery LASALLE-SIA
August 11 - September 11, 2005
STATION V: Beijing, China
National Museum of China
November 5 - 20, 2005