Cathedral of St John the Divine, New York City
25 February 2015
The 10 poets who took part were Bei Dao, Ouyang Jianghe, Xi Chuan, Zhai Yongming, Zhou Zan, Charles Bernstein, Mei-Mei Berssenbrugge, Pierre Joris, Marilyn Nelson and Afaa Michael Weaver. Each poet read one or more poems dedicated to Xu Bing’s Phoenixes.
The Evening concluded with closing remarks by Xu Bing and was followed by a book signing and a reception.
This event was Sponsored by Columbia University, the Cathedral of St. John the Divine and Xu Bing Studio.
• Phoenix: Xu Bing at the Cathedral closes on 15 March 2015. To find out more about the exhibition, read Studio’s interview with Xu Bing.
Filmed by Miguel Benavides.
Xu Bing: interview
Xu Bing, the internationally acclaimed Chinese conceptual artist who works in a variety of disciplines and materials, in particular printmaking, ink painting, calligraphy, text and installation, and has also worked with silk worms and pigs, has just completed a major project in New York, the installation of his magnificent Phoenix.
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An Exhibition to See: Landscape/Landscript: Nature as Language in the Art of Xu Bing
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Interview: Kim Thomas Reflects On Art, Music, Poetry and Life
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