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Casting the Void: Reinvention of the Library Cave in Dunhuang

Thursday, June 21, 2018 - 5:00pm to 7:00pm
Oshman Hall, McMurtry Building

Free and open to the public, RSVP by registration requested.

Presentation by Xiaoze Xie, with an introduction by Richard Vinograd, followed by a fireside chat. Light refreshments served from 5pm.

Xiaoze Xie will present his work-in-progress made during his artist residency in the summer of 2017 at the Mogao Grottoes in Dunhuang, a historic site of Buddhist art on China's Silk Road. Xie's research-based project focuses on Cave 17, or the Library Cave, once a depository of manuscripts, scrolls, paintings and textiles dating from the 4th to the 11th century. The relics from the cave were bought, stolen and fragmented since the cave was discovered in 1900, and are now dispersed in collections around the world . Xie's long scroll of brush and ink drawings combines diagrams, calligraphy, and quoted images to cast his imaginations of the now empty cave, and to confront its history of loss, absence and trauma. A work in its own right, the scroll also serves as a proposal for contemporary sculptures/installations to be realized in the future.

Xiaoze Xie is the Paul L. & Phyllis Wattis Professor in Art at Stanford. He has exhibited extensively in the US and Asia. His work is in the permanent collection of such institutions as the Museum of Fine Arts Houston, the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art, San Jose Museum of Art and Oakland Museum of California. Xie received the Painter and Sculptor’s Grant from the Joan Mitchell Foundation, the Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant and artist awards from Phoenix Art Museum and Dallas Museum of Art. Eyes On: Xiaoze Xie at the Denver Art Museum is on view through July 8, 2018.

Richard Vinograd is the Christensen Fund Professor in Asian Art at Stanford. He is the author of Boundaries of the Self: Chinese Portraits, 1600-1900; co-author of Chinese Art & Culture, and the organizer of the Ink Worlds: Contemporary Chinese Painting from the Collection of Akiko Yamazaki and Jerry Yang exhibition currently on view at the Cantor Arts Center, through September 3, 2018.

Co-sponsored by the Tsinghua Institute of Culture and Creativity, and the Dunhuang Foundation

Image: Xiaoze Xie's work-in-progress at the Dunhuang Academy, 2017

VISITOR INFORMATION: Oshman Hall is located in the McMurtry Building on Stanford’s campus, at 355 Roth Way. Visitor parking is free after 4pm on weekdays, except by the oval. Alternatively, take the Caltrain to Palo Alto Transit Center and hop on the free Stanford Marguerite Shuttle.

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