Xu Bing Studio Blog

Dead or Alive, Museum of Arts and Design, NY (Apr. 27 – Oct 24, 2010)

Posted in Background Story, Past Exhibitions by xubing on April 29, 2010

Dead or Alive, presented by the Museum of Arts and Design will showcase the work of over 30 international artists who transform organic materials and objects that were once produced by or part of living organisms—insects, feathers, shells, bones, silkworm cocoons, plant materials, and fur—to create intricately crafted and designed installations and sculptures. Xu Bing will exhibit a new work in his Background Story series based on Ming Dynasty painter Dong Qichang’s (1555-1636) lyrical ink painting Rocky Dwelling (Yanju Tu).

Organized by the Museum’s Chief Curator David McFadden and Curator Lowery Sims with Assistant Curator Elizabeth Edwards-Kirrane, Dead or Alive features new site-specific installations and recent work by contemporary artists from around the world, including Jennifer Angus, Keith W. Bentley, Nick Cave, Tessa Farmer, Tim Hawkinson, Jochem Hendricks, Damien Hirst, Alastair Mackie, Kate MccGwire, Susie MacMurray, Shen Shaomin among many others.

Dead or Alive follows upon themes first presented in the inaugural exhibition of MAD’s new home, Second Lives: Remixing the Ordinary, which featured contemporary works created from multiples of ordinary manufactured items, including Xu Bing’s Book from the Ground.


Dead or Alive will be accompanied by a fully-illustrated color catalogue which includes a foreword, essays by the exhibition’s curators David Revere McFadden (Chief Curator and Vice President for Programs and Collections of the Museum) and Museum curator Lowery Stokes Sims.

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