Two memories from Xiaoze Xie’s childhood in China inform the artworks presented in Eyes On: Xiaoze Xie: listening to ancient stories told by his grandmother, and seeing books that had been deemed “bad” by the leaders of China’s Cultural Revolution piled up in the office of his father, a school director, prior to being destroyed.
From the disparity between these memories, Xie deduced that books were inspirational, instructional, mysterious—and sometimes forbidden.
Curator Becky Hart will discuss how Xie studies books to understand their role in society, much like the Chinese scholar-artists of bygone centuries.
Conversations with Curators feature lively discussions with different curators on the first Friday of the month. All Conversations are free with general admission and no reservations are needed.
Meet at 4 pm in the elevator lobby of level 4 of the Hamilton Building.
Image: Xiaoze Xie, Chinese Library No. 57, 2014. Oil on canvas, 48 x 74-1/4 in.