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.
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.