Join the East Asian Studies Center and the Institute for Chinese Studies for a screening and discussion of Xu Bing: Tobacco Project Virginia, a behind-the-scenes documentary short directed by Joe Griffin about Chinese artist Xu Bing preparing for a groundbreaking exhibition. The screening will be followed by a Q&A session with the René Balcer and Carolyn Hsu-Balcer, producers of the film as well as art aficionados and collectors.
Carolyn Hsu-Balcer is a designer, philanthropist and art collector based in Los Angeles and New York.
As a philanthropist, Carolyn has worked to foster Sino-American understanding through education and culture. Her interest in cross-cultural exchanges has led her to organize ground-breaking exhibits of Chinese art including “Xu Bing Tobacco Project Virginia” (2011 VMFA), “Light Before Dawn” (2013 Asia Society Hong Kong), “Blooming in the Shadows” (2011 China Institute NY), “Ming Cho Lee: A Retrospective” (2011 Ningbo Museum), and “Oil and Water: Re-Interpreting Ink” (2014 MOCA NY).
Carolyn has produced award-winning documentaries on Chinese art, including The No Name Painting Association and Xu Bing Tobacco Project Virginia. In publishing, she has sponsored the publication of a 13-volume catalogue of the works of the Wuming group of Chinese artists, and the publication of “Ai Wei Wei: New York Photographs 1983-1993.”
René Balcer is well known as the showrunner, head writer and executive producer of the iconic television series Law & Order, and as the co-creator and showrunner of its hit spin-off series Law & Order Criminal Intent. His latest production is Law & Order True Crime - The Menendez Murders, an eight-part limited series for NBC starring Edie Falco.