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A Conversation with Xiaoze Xie

Artist Xiaoze Xie talks about the inspiration behind his most recent body of work included in Xiaoze Xie: Objects of Evidence with the exhibition curator Michelle Yun, Asia Society Museum Senior Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art.

The exhibition Xiaoze Xie: Objects of Evidence opens to the public on September 10, 2019.

Books have the power to galvanize. As repositories of memory, history, and ideology, books have inspired social revolutions and been banned by regimes threatened by their contents. Born on the cusp of the Cultural Revolution, Xiaoze Xie has experienced the profound power of books firsthand. “Xiaoze Xie: Objects of Evidence” explores the subjectivity of censorship in relation to the shifting nature of sociopolitical and religious ideologies. Through painting, installation, photography, and video, the artist traces the history of banned books in China, providing a means to chart changes in cultural standards and their influence on shaping modern Chinese society.

September 9, 2019 6:00pm to 9:00pm

Xiaoze Xie was born in 1966 in Guangdong Province, China. He received a BFA in Architecture from Tsinghua University in 1988, an MFA from the Central Academy of Arts and Design in Beijing in 1991, and an MFA from the University of North Texas in 1996. The artist currently lives and works in Palo Alto, CA, where he serves as the Paul L. & Phyllis Wattis Professor of Art at Stanford University.

Michelle Yun is the Senior Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art at Asia Society Museum where she oversees the modern and contemporary exhibition programs and the Museum’s permanent collection of contemporary Asian art. Yun was formerly the curator of the Hunter College Art Galleries. She has served as the Project Director of Cai Guo-Qiang’s studio and as a Curatorial Assistant in the Department of Painting and Sculpture at The Museum of Modern Art, New York, in addition to organizing numerous independently curated exhibitions. Yun is a frequent lecturer on modern and contemporary Asian art. 

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