Tang Center

Tang Center Symposia

Persistence/Transformation: Text as Image in the Art of Xu Bing

Inaugural symposium celebrating the dedication of the P.Y. and Kinmay W. Tang Center for East Asian Art

Saturday, 15 February 2003, 1:30 -5:30 pm
McCosh 10, Arthur M. Wood '34 Auditorium

Organized by the P.Y. and Kinmay W. Tang Center for East Asian Art

symposium Program

Persistence/Transformation is a multidisciplinary conference focusing on Xu Bing's art and its intellectual implications. Xu Bing will present an illuminating account of his own work. Leading scholars in a number of different fields address the place of Xu Bing's work within the long history of Chinese calligraphic practice, examine it in the context of Chinese intellectual dissidence, discuss Japanese avant-garde parallels, and judge it from a Western art-historical viewpoint.

symposium schedule


1:30-2:00 pm


2:00 pm

Welcoming Remarks


Jerome Silbergeld

Director, Tang Center for East Asian Art


Dora C.Y. Ching

Associate Director, Tang Center for East Asian Art


Sound, Sense, and Scale in the History of Chinese Writing

Robert E. Harrist Jr., Columbia University


Whose Assumptions Does Xu Bing's Art Disturb, and How?

Perry Link, Princeton University


“Word Art” in Contemporary Japan

Gennifer Weisenfeld, Duke University


Xu Bing, A Western Perspective

Hal Foster, Princeton University


An Artist's View

Xu Bing


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