September 28, 2017

Talk: Xu Bing on his practice and how it advocates for a just and sustainable world

Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA)

Xu Bing, Background Story, 2015. (2) Xu Bing, Where Does the Dust Itself Collect, 2004. (3) Xu Bing, Travelling to the Wonderland, 2013.



The Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) and the Mount Royal School of Art MFA program present internationally recognized artist Xu Bing discussing his global art practice, which is known for large-scale installations that incorporate a variety of materials, such as tobacco, silkworms and corn husks, to address cultural and social issues. The lecture will be followed by a conversation with MICA President Samuel Hoi.

Xu is a master artist whose practice is deeply engaged in envisioning a just and sustainable world. Through his monumental installations, Xu reveals how we work, how we see ourselves and how we treat each other. His concerns include cultural and national identity, social change and surveillance.

The event is free and open to the public, and will take place in MICA’s Falvey Hall, 1301 W Mt. Royal Avenue, on Tuesday, October 3, at 4pm.

Xu’s talk is part of a series of fall visiting artist lectures hosted by the Mount Royal School of Art, which invites artists to give lectures, visit studios and teach courses. The fall 2017 schedule includes A.K. Burns, Dread Scott, Andrea Bowers, Spencer Finch, John Newman, Phaan Howng ’15 (Mount Royal School of Art MFA) and Christian Rattemeyer.

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