CAAL Night: President's Forum with Sarah Sze and Siddhartha Mukherjee at Asia Society
725 Park Avenue
New York, NY 10021
Guided Tour for CAAL Members 5:45 PM to 6:15 PM
Talk and Q & A 6:30 PM to 7:45 PM
Reception 8:00 PM to 9:00 PM
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On Wednesday, March 14, CAAL members and their guests were invited to the President's Forum at Asia Society: Exploring the Creative Process – A Conversation, featuring Sarah Sze and Siddhartha Mukherjee. CAAL members began the evening with a private, guided tour of the exhibition Sarah Sze: Infinite Line, on view at Asia Society. A reception and book signing in the glass-enclosed, sky-lit Garden Court at Asia Society followed.
MacArthur Fellow and Columbia University School of the Arts faculty member Sarah Sze and Pulitzer Prize winner and Columbia University Department of Medicine faculty member Siddhartha Mukherjee, are an exceptional couple who have both pursued their professional and creative passions to the top of their respective fields in Art and Science. This evening they are joined by Vishakha N. Desai, President, Asia Society for a wide-ranging and insightful discussion on the creative process.
President's Forum is a series of programs in which Asia Society President Vishakha N. Desai interviews prominent guests on a broad range of Asian and Asian American topics, including politics, economics, culture, and the media. Past guests have included Maya Lin, Mira Nair, Joseph E. Stiglitz, Tan Dun, Julie Taymor, Thich Nhat Hanh, and past U.S. Ambassadors to the UN Bill Richardson and the late Richard Holbrooke.
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Sarah Sze | School of the Arts Faculty
Sarah Sze was born in Boston, Massachusetts, to Chinese and American parents. She was awarded a bachelor’s degree from Yale University and later a Master of Fine Arts from the School of Visual Arts in New York. Since the late 1990s she has shown her work in numerous international exhibitions in Kanazawa, Lyon, Venice, Melbourne, and Turin. Her notable solo exhibitions and projects include installations at the Whitney Museum of American Art in 2003, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston in 2002, and Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago in 1999. She is a 2003 MacArthur Fellow.
Siddhartha Mukherjee | Department of Medicine Faculty
A cancer specialist, Sid, as he is known to his friends, has devoted his life to caring for victims of cancer, a disease that sickens and kills millions of people around the world each year. As a researcher, his laboratory is on the forefront of discovering new cancer drugs using innovative biological methods. Dr. Mukherjee is equally devoted to and effective in communicating the “story” of cancer through his writings. In his engrossing new book, The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer, Dr. Mukherjee gives readers a fascinating look into the origins and causes of cancer, its deadly effect on the human body, how it has virtually enveloped modern civilization, and the epic battles that are taking place to control, cure, and conquer it. As he notes, the disease now touches in some way the lives of every man, woman and child in the world, while scientists and physicians work tirelessly to bring new treatments and hope to its victims. Dr. Mukherjee has been published in Nature, New England Journal of Medicine, Neuron, Journal of Clinical Investigation, The New York Times, and The New Republic. His work was nominated for inclusion in Best American Science Writing, 2000. Sid is an accomplished speaker. His words both on the stage and on the page are powerful, illuminating, and inspiring.
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