Artist Talk: Xiaoze Xie on "Amber of History: Reinventing the Library Cave in Dunhuang"

Artist Talk: Xiaoze Xi

Portrait of the artist. © Xiaoze Xie

The so-called "Library Cave" is located in the Dunhuang cave complexes in China and was a sealed treasury containing ancient manuscripts in 17 languages from the previous millennia. After visiting the site, Xiaoze Xie began to question what it would mean for him as a Chinese American artist to reconnect with the vast traditions of ancient Chinese art.

Xie discusses the significance of Dunhuang to his creative practice, and its role in his current projects. Anne Feng, Assistant Professor, Boston University, will moderate the presentation.

Related Links

Xiaoze Xie
Xiaoze Xie: Objects of Evidence
Dunhuang Foundation
The International Dunhuang Project: The Silk Road Online

About the Artist

Xiaoze Xie received his Master of Fine Art degrees from the Central Academy of Arts & Design in Beijing and the University of North Texas. He has had solo exhibitions at the Denver Art Museum; the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art, AZ; Knoxville Museum of Art, TN; Dallas Visual Art Center, TX; Modern Chinese Art Foundation, Gent, Belgium; Charles Cowles Gallery, New York; Chambers Fine Art, New York; Gallery Paule Anglim, San Francisco; Nicholas Metivier Gallery, Toronto; China Art Archives and Warehouse, Beijing; Gaain Gallery, Seoul; among others. He has participated in numerous group exhibitions including Shu: Reinventing Books in Contemporary Chinese Art at the China Institute Gallery in New York and Seattle Asian Art Museum, and the traveling exhibition Regeneration: Contemporary Chinese Art from China and the US.  Xie’s exhibitions have been reviewed in New York Times, Art in America, Art Asia Pacific, Art News, Chicago Tribune, The Globe and Mail, and San Francisco Chronicle. His work is in the permanent collection of such institutions as  the Denver Art Museum, the Museum of Fine Arts Houston, the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art, San Jose Museum of Art and the Oakland Museum of California. Xie received the Painters and Sculptors Grant from the Joan Mitchell Foundation (2013), Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant (2003) and artist awards from Phoenix Art Museum (1999) and Dallas Museum of Art (1996). Xie is the Paul L. & Phyllis Wattis Professor of Art at Stanford University.

About the Moderator

Anne Feng, Assistant Professor, Boston University, is a historian of Chinese art with specialties in Buddhist art and Dunhuang Caves of the Tang dynasty (618-907). Her current research interests include sacred space and ritual art, theories of vision and meditation, mural painting practices, visual and material cultures of the Silk Road, and representations of the Western Pure Land. Her research has been supported by the Dunhuang Academy, the Dunhuang Foundation, the Franke Institute for the Humanities, and the Fulbright-IIE Fellowship (2014-2015).

About the Dunhuang Foundation

Since 2010, the Dunhuang Foundation has worked with the Dunhuang Academy to conserve the Dunhuang caves. The Foundation supports the Academy in becoming one of the world’s foremost conservation science and research institutions through funding strategically important programs. In 2015, the Foundation’s mission expanded to include a commitment to public engagement activities rooted in the themes of Buddhism, the Silk Road, and cultural heritage preservation.

This program is presented in collaboration with Dunhuang Foundation.

Major support comes from Chinhui Juhn and Eddie Allen, Nancy C. Allen, and Leslie and Brad Bucher, as well as The Brown Foundation, Inc., Houston Endowment, and the City of Houston through Houston Arts Alliance. Generous funding also provided by The Clayton Fund, Texas Commission on the Arts, Wortham Foundation, Inc., The Franci Neely Foundation, Olive Jenney, Nanako and Dale Tingleaf, and Ann Wales. Funding is also provided through contributions from the Exhibitions Patron Circle.

Presenting Partner

Dunhuang Foundation

Presenting Sponsors

Nancy C. Allen
Leslie and Brad Bucher
Chinhui Juhn and Edward Allen


Program Sponsors




Event Details

Tue 05 Nov 2019
6:30 - 7:30 p.m.

1370 Southmore Boulevard

Houston, Texas 77004


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