February 15, 2003
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

1 30 pm
5 30 pm
McCosh 10
Organized by the P.Y. and Kinmay W. Tang Center for East Asian Art

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.


1:30–2:00 pm


Welcoming Remarks
2:00 pm

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