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Tang Center for East Asian Art plans dedication events, Feb. 15-16

The P.Y. and Kinmay W. Tang Center for East Asian Art will sponsor a conference and film Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 15-16, to mark the official dedication of the center, which supports research and activities to promote understanding of East Asian art and culture.

The Feb. 15 conference, "Persistence/Transformation: Text as Image in the Art of Xu Bing," begins at 2 p.m. in McCosh 10. Xu, a Chinese-American artist who won a prestigious MacArthur Fellowship in 1999, will be a featured speaker.

Conference presentations will view Xu's avant-garde work from a variety of comparative perspectives. In addition, the Princeton University Art Museum will have on special exhibition its recently acquired "Book From the Sky" by Xu.

Other speakers will include Jerome Silbergeld, the P.Y. and Kinmay W. Tang Professor of Chinese Art History at Princeton and director of the Tang Center; Robert Harrist Jr., professor of Chinese art at Columbia University; Perry Link, professor of East Asian studies at Princeton; Gennifer Weisenfeld, assistant professor of art and art history at Duke University; and Hal Foster, the Townsend Martin '17 Professor of Art and Archaeology at Princeton. A reception will follow the conference.

On Feb. 16, "A Confucian Confusion (Duli Shidai)" will be shown at 2 p.m. at the James Stewart Theater, 185 Nassau St .

The conference, reception and film are free and open to the public, but space is limited. To register, contact Dora C.Y. Ching, associate director of the Tang Center, at (609) 258-3795 or register online .

The Tang Center, which works in conjunction with the Department of Art and Archaeology, was established in 2001 and began hosting lectures and other events during the 2002-2003 academic year. Tang Center reading and seminar rooms will be located in the Marquand Library of Art and Archaeology in McCormick Hall, which is currently being renovated.

Contact: Eric Quinones (609) 258-3601

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