Sun Xun SX_9

Sun Xun, July Coming Soon (detail), 2019. Ink and color on silk. 24-page folding album. Open: H. 17 1/8 x W. 297 5/8 x D. 1/4 in. (43.5 x 756 x 0.5 cm); closed: H. 17 1/8 x W. 12 3/8 x D. 2 1/8 in. (43.5 x 31.5 x 5.5 cm). Courtesy of the artist and ShanghART Gallery. Photograph: Alex Wang (ShanghART Gallery)


We The People: Xu Bing and Sun Xun Respond to the Declaration of Independence

Wednesday 28 October 2020
7 - 8 p.m. New York Time

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As a special project of the Asia Society Triennial, the artists Xu Bing and Sun Xun have created new works to respond to a rare nineteenth-century official copy of the Declaration of Independence. Xu Bing used a copy of The Analects by Confucius, a text that inspired the nation’s founders as they crafted the Declaration, to make a new work entitled Silkworm Book: The Analects of Confucius (2019) that comments on the fragility of such manifestos. For his response to the Declaration, Sun Xun created a folding album entitled July Coming Soon (2019).  

For this event, Xu Bing and Sun Xun, as well as Asia Society Triennial Executive Chair Agnes Hsu-Tang, Ph.D. will discuss how these artworks encourage us to contemplate democratic values and the founding spirit of democracy in the United States, especially pertinent the week before the U.S. presidential election. The discussion is moderated by guest curator Susan L. Beningson, Ph.D.

In conjunction with the opening week of the Asia Society Triennial, on Wednesday, October 28 at 7 p.m. New York time, watch the event live on Asia Society’s Facebook or YouTube page.

We The People: Xu Bing and Sun Xun Respond to the Declaration of Independence is curated by Susan L. Beningson, Ph.D. The exhibition is on view from October 27, 2020 through February 7, 2021.


Sun Xun

On View: Part 1

Xu Bing

On View: Part 1 & 2

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