Conversation with Guan Xiao and Xu Bing
Wednesday, October 7, 2020
Online via Zoom
Join us, in partnership with Art21, for a special conversation with artists Guan Xiao and Xu Bing. Both artists were recently featured in the “Beijing” episode from the latest season of Art21′s Art in the Twenty-First Century series. We encourage you to watch each artist’s film in advance of the event online here.
During the event, the artists will be joined by Weng Xiaoyu, associate curator, Guggenheim Museum, for a conversation and Q&A. The program will be conducted in English and Mandarin, with English translation.
Art21 is a non-profit contemporary art organization and producers of films on contemporary art and artists—including the Peabody award-winning PBS series, Art in the Twenty-First Century—as well as media, educational resources and programs, and more.
Guan Xiao was born 1983 in Chongqing Province, China. In her sculpture and video work, Guan juxtaposes discordant images, diverse cultural artifacts, and modern technology to create objects that are futuristic, referential, unsettling, and humorous. Working with traditional Chinese sculpted tree roots, 3D fabrications, and readymade industrial objects, Guan Xiao epitomizes the next generation of artists from China, rooted in transnational culture and immersed in our technology-fueled present. Her video works mirror viewers’ experiences of the Internet and personal memories, where seemingly unrelated images find inexplicable yet resonant connection.
Xu Bing was born in 1955 in Chongqing, China, and grew up in Beijing. Fascinated with visual and written languages, Xu builds mixed-media installations that simultaneously evoke and subvert centuries-old Chinese cultural traditions, such as calligraphy, wood-block printing, and landscape painting scrolls. The artist asks viewers to consider how our cultural backgrounds, especially those shaped by language, fundamentally color our worldviews.
Images: Guan Xiao working in her Beijing studio and Xu Bing in his Beijing studio. Production stills from the Art21 television series “Art in the Twenty-First Century,” Season 10, 2020. © Art21, Inc. 2020.