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Symposium on Chinese Visual Culture in the Twentieth Century

Posted: March 25, 2009

Chinese art in the twentieth century witnessed dramatic developments-from a fervent quest for modernity and the feverish belief in social realism to audacious experimentation with tradition and post-modernism. Audiences from around the world viewing these developments have been aided by studies emphasizing links to the changing socio-political conditions in China. Yet too often it is assumed that twentieth-century Chinese artistic practice was uniquely and strictly a Chinese experience. As much as the assumption reinforces the importance of context for a full understanding of Chinese art, it ironically inhibits any reflection on the art beyond a Chinese context. With an aim to explore the global significance of Chinese art in the twentieth century, this symposium includes scholars of visual culture from both China and non-China related fields to facilitate a conversation meant to cross the disciplinary and cultural boundaries between China and the world.

The Pre-Symposium Seminar on 20th-Century Chinese Art
Speakers: Professors Janice Leoshko and Yun-Chiahn Sena
Date: 30 March 2009 (Monday)
Time: 3 to 3:45 pm
Location: Doty Fine Art Building (DFA 2.204)

Required reading is listed below.
Wu Hung, "A Domestic Turn: Chinese Experimental Art in the 1990s"




Chinese Art Symposium on Chinese Visual Culture in the Twentieth Century
Speakers: Professors Stephen Bann (Univ of Bristol), William Schaefer (UC Berkeley), Wu Hung (Univ of Chicago), Michael Charlesworth (UT), Andrea Giunta (UT), Janice Leoshko (UT), and Yun Chiahn C. Sena (UT)
Date: 3 April 2009 (Friday)
Time: 9 am to 4 pm (reception from 4 to 5 pm)
Location: The Smith Building Capitol Classroom (EAS 2.118)

For detailed information, please click here.

images courtesy of Professor J. Andrew's History of Chinese Art website.

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