October 9 Jun Hu

Friday, October 9, 4:30-6:30pm, CWAC 152

Chinese Painting Circa 1603: Some Comments on the Conditions for “Art Historical” Art

Jun Hu
Assistant Professor, Art History, Northwestern University

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Wang Yue (fl. first half of 17th c.)
Landscape in the Manner of Huang Gongwang
Album Leaf, Dated 1627
Private Collection

Landscape painting in China is often conditioned by a sense of self-reference. Artists study earlier styles not only as motifs and pictorial content, but also as means. Centuries of conscious emulation and oblique reference makes it possible for a trained eye to see “Wang Wei” in a “Zhao Mengfu,” and “Zhao Mengfu,” in a “Dong Qichang.” But it is only in the seventeenth century, it would seem, that a panoptic vision of the past begins to take form: in this vision “styles” become legible patterns that can be mapped onto history, and it is possible now to (rather like in a modern day art history book) pin a name to a picture. In painted and printed pictorial albums, past styles become the primary subject matter. This talk will explore the formats, mediums, and other conditions in which this “carnival” of pictorial styles took place in seventeenth-century China, as well as its discontents.

Persons with concerns regarding accessibility please contact xizh@uchicago.edu

Fall 2015 Schedule

Visual and Material Perspectives on East Asia is proud to present our schedule for Fall 2015.
All sessions unless otherwise noted will take place in the Cochrane-Woods Art Center (CWAC)

Fridays, 4:30-6:30
Room 152

Photo by Jiayi

October 9 Jun Hu, Assistant Professor
Northwestern University, Art History
Chinese Painting Circa 1603: Some Comments on the Conditions for “Art Historical” Art

October 23 10:30-12:30 am, CWAC 156 Pao-chen Tang, Ph.D. Student
University of Chicago, Cinema and Media Studies
Of Snow and Flow: Actions and Special Effects in The Grandmaster
Joint workshop with Mass Culture

November 6 Xin Wu, Assistant Professor
College of William and Mary, Art and Art History
Serial Landscapes: Visuality and Physicality in Place-making
This event is sponsored by CEAS Committee on Chinese Studies

Tuesday, November 10, 4:30-6:30pm, CWAC 153 Zhao Shengliang 趙聲良
Dunhuang Academy/Lanzhou University
(presentation in Chinese)

November 20 Nancy P. Lin, Ph.D. Student
University of Chicago, Art History
The Big Tail Elephant Working Group: Urban Insertion as Artistic Strategy

December 4 Martin Powers, Professor
University of Michigan, History of Art
How Did Artists Question the Authorities in Early Modern China and England?