Speaker Series Fall 2009
112 Center for the Arts
Nov. 9, 2009, 6:30pm
Xu Bing explores the play on the written word within his artistic practice, in works ranging from monumental installations to handcrafted books.
Sponsored by Department of Visual Studies with co-sponsorship from the Department of Media
Studies, Department of Architecture, Asian Studies Program, the University of Buffalo Art Galleries, CEPA Gallery
Carnegie Mellon University School of Art Lecture Series
Carnegie Mellon University
Nov. 10, 2009, 5:00pm
Xu Bing will talk about his works, which question the idea of communicating meaning through language and demonstrate how both meanings and written words can be easily manipulated.
Co-sponsored by SUNY Buffalo.
The Art of Xu Bing – 30 Years of Contemporary Chinese Art Context
Portland Art Museum
Nov. 11, 5:30pm
Xu Bing: Primer for 木、林、森（Mu、Lin、Sen) Project, He Xiangning Art Museum, Shenzhen (Nov. 1-Dec. 6, 2009)
Xu Bing: Primer for 木、林、森 Project will be on view at the He Xiangning Art Museum, Shenzhen, China from Nov. 1-Dec. 6, 2009. The exhibition will include educational materials, student drawings and large scale landscape paintings from Xu Bing’s Forest Project (2005-ongoing).
Through art, culture, education, the involvement of local folks, and the internet, Forest Project creates a system to facilitate the flow of funds from developed countries to Kenya, for the planting of new trees. Students from local primary schools create drawings of trees using forms of writing from a variety of cultures and historical periods (such as Cuneiform, Arabic, and English), which are then sold on the project website. The educational component—embodied in the primer, as well as workshops led by Xu Bing—connects the written word, calligraphy and art into one process.
The exhibition is directed by Le Zhengwei and curated by Feng Boyi and Wang Xiaosong. Exhibition events will include a lecture by Xu Bing on Nov. 1, 2009, 2-4pm at the museum, followed by an opening reception from 4-6pm.