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Penny Stamps Speaker Series

Xu Bing

The Origins of Creativity

October 7, 2018

Xu Bing

Special Event: Sunday, October 7, 4pm / Helmut Stern Auditorium, UMMA, 525 S State St, Ann Arbor 48109

Internationally renowned artist and film director Xu Bing is one of the most well-known contemporary artists in China, recognized for his representations of artistic sophistication, political conscience, and far-reaching imagination. His artworks have been exhibited at many prestigious venues, including the Museum of Modern Art and the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, the British Museum and the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, and the Taipei Fine Arts Museum in Taiwan. He has been included in the Venice Biennale three times and honored with a MacArthur Fellowship, a lifetime achievement award from the Southern Graphics Council, the Fukuoka Asian Culture Prize, the Wales International Visual Art Prize, and a US Department of State Medal of Arts. For this special Speaker Series event, Xu will talk about his signature works and his new film, Dragonfly Eyes (2017), which will have its Michigan premiere at the Michigan Theater on Sunday, October 7, at 6:15 pm.

After this presentation, Xu will participate in several related events at the Michigan Theater on Sunday, October 7, 2018 (RSVP for these events):

  • 5:30 pm: Pre-screening reception at the Michigan Theater Main Lobby
  • 6:15 pm: Screening of Dragonfly Eyes (2017)
  • 7:45 pm: Post-screening Q&A with Xu Bing

Presented in partnership with the U-M Lieberthal-Rogel Center for Chinese Studies, U-M Confucius Institute, U-M Department of Film, Television, and Media Studies, and University of Michigan Museum of Art (UMMA).

Unless otherwise noted, all programs take place on Thursdays at 5:10 pm at the historic Michigan Theater, located at 603 E. Liberty Street in downtown Ann Arbor, and are free of charge and open to the public.

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