Symposium: 'Xu Bing: Word Alchemy'VIEW EVENT DETAILS
Friday, February 23, 2024
10 a.m. Symposium Begins
5 p.m. Keynote Presentation
Full schedule forthcoming.
Join Asia Society Texas for a symposium that explores the creative expanse of Xu Bing’s artistic career through the highlights of the new exhibition Xu Bing: Word Alchemy.
Co-curators Susan L. Beningson, Ph.D., and Owen Duffy, Ph.D., will be joined in conversation by other leading curators and scholars from around the country to explore Xu Bing’s practices and global cultural relevance as a contemporary art figure. Featured artist Xu Bing will be in attendance at the symposium for a keynote lecture.
This event is free and open to the public; registration required.
- Xu Bing, Artist and Keynote Speaker
- Jacqueline Chao, The Cecil and Ida Green Curator of Asian Art, Dallas Museum of Art
- Dora C.Y. Ching, Deputy Director, Tang Center for East Asian Art, Princeton University
- Hiromi Kinoshita, The Hannah L. and J. Welles Henderson Curator of Chinese Art, Philadelphia Museum of Art
- Zoe S. Kwok, Nancy and Peter Lee Associate Curator of Asian Art, Princeton University Art Museum
- Lesley Ma, Ming Chu Hsu and Daniel Xu Associate Curator of Asian Art, The Metropolitan Museum of Art
- Katherine Anne Paul, Virginia and William M. Spencer Curator of Asian Art, Birmingham Museum of Art
- Jan Stuart, Melvin R. Seiden Curator of Chinese Art, National Museum of Asian Art
- Xin Wang, Independent Curator, The Institute of Fine Arts, New York University
10 a.m. Coffee and Check-In
10:30 a.m. Welcome Remarks
Panel Discussion 1
10:45 a.m. "Artful Enigma: Background Story," Jan Stuart
11:15 a.m. "Language and Fluidity in Xu Bing’s Character of Characters," Dora C.Y. Ching
11:45 a.m. "Language as Scar Tissue," Xin Wang
12:15 p.m. "Book from the Ground: Conducting a Universal Visual Communicator," Katherine Anne Paul
12:45 p.m. Lunch
Panel Discussion 2
2 p.m. "On Xu Bing's Book from the Sky (Tianshu)," Lesley Ma
2:30 p.m. "Finding the Words: Xu Bing’s Square Word Calligraphy and the Language of Identity," Jacqueline Chao
3 p.m. "Exploring Chinese Landscape Painting: Mustard Seed Garden Landscape Scroll," Hiromi Kinoshita
3:30 p.m. “Writing Pictures – Xu Bing’s Land + Script,” Zoe S. Kwok
4 p.m. Self-guided Viewing of Xu Bing: Word Alchemy
5 p.m. Xu Bing
Xu Bing: Word Alchemy is co-curated by Susan L. Beningson, Ph.D., Independent Curator, and Owen Duffy, Nancy C. Allen Curator and Director of Exhibitions, with Rebecca Becerra, Exhibitions Manager and Registrar.
Lead support for Xu Bing: World Alchemy is provided by Texas Commission on the Arts. Major support is provided by Chinhui Juhn and Eddie Allen, American Friends of the Shanghai Museum, Anne and Albert Chao, and an anonymous donor. Special exhibition support is provided by Michele and Marty Cohen, Judy and Scott Nyquist, Milton D. Rosenau, Jr. and Dr. Ellen R. Gritz, Leigh and Reggie Smith, and an anonymous donor. This exhibition was made possible in part with a grant from Humanities Texas, the state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.
Exhibitions and their related programs at Asia Society Texas are presented by Nancy C. Allen, Chinhui Juhn and Eddie Allen, and Leslie and Brad Bucher. Major support comes from The Brown Foundation, Inc., the City of Houston through Houston Arts Alliance, The Clayton Fund, Houston Endowment Inc. Generous funding also provided by The Anchorage Foundation of Texas, National Endowment for the Arts, and Texas Commission on the Arts. Free Thursday exhibition admission presented by Regions Bank. Funding is also provided through contributions from the Exhibitions Patron Circle, a dedicated group of individuals and organizations committed to bringing exceptional visual art to Asia Society Texas.
Nancy C. Allen
Leslie and Brad Bucher
Chinhui Juhn and Edward Allen
Additional Support for Xu Bing: Word Alchemy
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