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Saturday University: Out of the Dark: Banned Books in China

Feb 29 2020

Asian Art Museum

Emma Baillargeon Stimson Auditorium

10 AM – 11:30 AM

Out of the Dark: Banned Books in China

Xiaoze Xie / artist

Artist Xiaoze Xie will discuss recent works from his solo exhibition at the Asia Society Museum in New York, focusing on his ongoing interdisciplinary project that explores the history of banned books in China. As repositories of memory, history, and ideology, books have inspired social revolutions and been banned by regimes threatened by their contents. Xie will share his research and creative processes in the context of his oeuvre over the past 25 years.

About the Presenter

Xiaoze Xie is the Paul L. & Phyllis Wattis Professor of Art at Stanford University. He received his Master of Fine Art degrees from the Central Academy of Arts & Design in Beijing and the University of North Texas. His work is included in permanent collections of several U.S. museums, and has been shown in numerous group and solo exhibitions in the U.S., Europe, and Asia. As an artist in residence for the Dunhuang Foundation, he spent 25 days studying art and manuscripts of the "Library Cave" at this Silk Roads-era cave complex in western China, and created a body of work in response. At the Seattle Asian Art Museum, his work was included in the 2007 exhibition Shu: Reinventing Books in Contemporary Chinese Art (organized by China Institute, New York) .

Please note: This event takes place at the Asian Art Museum. Live streaming of the lecture is available on a first-come-first-serve basis in the Alvord Board Room.


Sat Feb 1

Rarities Fit for Kings: Ephemeral and Tangible Precious Goods in Sultanate India

Sat Feb 8

Woodwork and the Arts of Japan

Sat Feb 15

The Dragon and the Pearl: Explorations of a Eurasian Motif

Sat Feb 22

The Strange Case of the Castaway Princess and Other Stories of Japan in the Pacific

Sat Feb 29

Out of the Dark: Banned Books in China

Sat Mar 7

Marvelous Journey of Precious Objects: Chaekgeori, Korean Still-Life Painting


Full series tickets: $62; SAM members $42
Individual lecture tickets available at the door: $11, SAM members $7; free at the door for students with ID
Please arrive to your seat 10 minutes before the program starts, or your seat may be released.

Image: Courtesy of Xiaoze Xie.

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