Installation shot from 'Mao’s Golden Mangoes and the Cultural Revolution.' (Photo: China Institute)
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Art World Abstracts: A Mondo Show of Maoist Mangoes, and More!

In these dire temperatures, what one needs is a heavy dose of warm-weather fruit. Enter the mango. What a lovely fruit the mango is! And we now have a show at Chine Institute dedicated to the post-war relationship between Mao Zedong’s regime and the wonderful fair-colored fruit that said regime so absolutely adored. Per The Times: “‘Mao’s Golden Mangoes and the Cultural Revolution,’ a China Institute exhibition organized by the art historian Alfreda Murck, perfectly captures the devotional fervor of that moment. And a mere moment it was. Within a year, the fad was over.”

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