Xu Bing: Doctor of Humane Letters

When 18 May 2010
1:00PM - 3:00PM
Where Columbia University
Low Library Plaza, 1214 Amsterdam Ave
NY, NY 10027
United States
Enquiry 212.939.7000

Xu Bing: Columbia University Honoree 2010

Tuesday, May 18 2010

Columbia University
Low Library Plaza
1214 Amsterdam Ave NY NY 10027
Tel. 212.939.7000

Press Release:

Xu Bing Studio is pleased to announce that Columbia University will confer the degree of Doctor of Humane Letters upon Xu Bing during the University’s 2010 commencement exercises. This year’s Columbia University honorees include Early American historian Bernard Bailyn; DNA researcher Jacqueline Barton; Harlem Children Zone’s founder Geoffrey Canada; Economist C. Lowell Harriss (awarded posthumously); Chancellor of the New York City Department of Education Joel L. Klein; Pulitizer Prize winning playwright Tony Kushner and Chemist Koji Nakanishi.

Xu Bing, Doctor of Humane Letters
An artist and vice president of Beijing’s Central Academy of Fine Arts, Xu came of age during China’s Cultural Revolution. He graduated with bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the Academy and stayed on as an instructor of print making and calligraphy before accepting an invitation to continue his work at the University of Wisconsin at Madison in 1990. Solo exhibitions of his work have been staged at the Smithsonian’s Arthur M. Sackler Gallery in Washington, the New Museum of Contemporary Art in New York and the Joan Miro Foundation in Spain, among others. Xu’s work has also been on view at the Venice Biennale, the Biennale of Sydney and the Johannesburg Biennale. He is the recipient of a MacArthur Foundation Fellowship, the Fukuoka Asian Culture Prize, the first Wales International Visual Art Prize and the lifetime achievement award of the Southern Graphics Council.

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