VMPEA Winter 2022 Schedule

Dear VMPEA community,

The Visual and Material Perspectives on East Asia (VMPEA) workshop is pleased to announce its Winter 2022 schedule. Currently, we are planning to have two online events, and two in-person hybrid events for this quarter. All the sessions will be held on Wednesdays from 4:45 to 6:45 pm CT unless noted. The in-person events will meet in CWAC 152; For the online events or those who would like to join us remotely, we will send out the registration links prior to the events. Meanwhile, the format is subjected to changes depending on the COVID situation and the regulations of the university.

We look forward to seeing you soon!

 

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January 12 

Stephanie Lee, Ph.D student, Department of Art History, Northwestern University

“The Social Lives of Picture Postcards”

Discussant: Kaeun Park, Ph.D student, Asian Languages and Cultures, University of Michigan

(online)

February 23

Meng Zhao, Ph.D Candidate, Department of Art History, UChicago

“Theatrical Beholding: Visualizing Gaze in the Southern Song Court Milieu (1127-1279)”

Discussant: TBA

(in-person hybrid)

March 2 

Valentina Boretti, Research Associate, Department of History, SOAS

“New Wine in Old Bottles? The Re-tagging of Playthings in Twentieth-Century China”

Discussant: Zhang Xi, Ph.D Candidate, Department of Art History, UChicago

(online)

March 16 

Ma Boyao, Visiting Graduate Student, UChicago/ Ph.D student, Archeology Department, Sichuan University

“The Architectural Space and Architectural Image of a 5th-century Tomb in Xi’an”

 Discussant: Li Jiang, Ph.D Student, Department of Art History, UChicago

(in-person hybrid)

*The VMPEA’s in-person events are open to all invitees who are compliant with UChicago vaccination requirements and, because of ongoing health risks, particularly to the unvaccinated, participants are expected to adopt the risk mitigation measures (masking and social distancing, etc.) appropriate to their vaccination status as advised by public health officials or to their individual vulnerabilities as advised by a medical professional. Public convening may not be safe for all and carries a risk for contracting COVID-19, particularly for those unvaccinated. Participants will not know the vaccination status of others and should follow appropriate risk mitigation measures.

Autumn 2021 Schedule

Dear VMPEA community,

The Visual and Material Perspectives on East Asia (VMPEA) workshop is pleased to announce the Autumn 2021 schedule. All the in-person events will meet on selected Wednesdays from 4:45 to 6:45 pm in CWAC 152 unless noted. For the online events or those who would like to join us remotely, we will send out the registration links prior to the events.

 

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October 13

Sylvia Wu, PhD Candidate, Department of Art History, UChicago

“Inscribing Piety: Monumental Inscriptions from Quanzhou”

Discussant: Wei-Cheng Lin, Associate Professor, Department of Art History, UChicago

 

October 27

Lucien Sun, PhD Student, Department of Art History

“Flipping Over and Stretching Out: Reading an Accordion-Fold Painting”

Discussant: Shiqiu Liu, PhD candidate, School of Culture and Communication, University of Melbourne.

[This is an online event]

 

November 10

Stephanie Lee, PhD Candidate, Department of Art History, Northwestern University

“The Social Lives of Colonial Picture Postcards (1906-1933)”

Discussant: Kaeun Park, PhD student, Asian Languages and Cultures, University of Michigan

[This is an online event]

 

December 1

Zhengqian Li, MAPH Student, UChicago

“Whiskey and Tobacco: The Imperialist Symbols in Mu Shiying’s “Shanghai Fox-trot” and Shi Zhecun’s “Si Xizi’s Business””

Discussant: TBA

 

December 3

Toby Wu, MAPH Student, UChicago

“Reconstituting the Japanese Housewife: Idemitsu Mako’s Televisual Charged Field in Kiyoko’s Situation (1989)”

Discussant: TBA

[This is an online event co-hosted with the APEA workshop, and will meet from 3:00 to 5:00 pm]

 

*Disclaimer on in-person events:

These convenings are open to all invitees who are compliant with UChicago vaccination requirements and, because of ongoing health risks, particularly to the unvaccinated, participants are expected to adopt the risk mitigation measures (masking and social distancing, etc.) appropriate to their vaccination status as advised by public health officials or to their individual vulnerabilities as advised by a medical professional. Public convening may not be safe for all and carries a risk for contracting COVID-19, particularly for those unvaccinated. Participants will not know the vaccination status of others and should follow appropriate risk mitigation measures.

Spring 2021 Schedule

We are excited to share our spring quarter calendar. Like in the autumn and winter, we will have to conduct all sessions virtually via Zoom. Unless otherwise marked out, all VMPEA meetings will take place on Wednesdays from 4:45 pm to 6:45 pm (CDT). The individual meeting link will be sent out along with detailed talk abstract via VMPEA lists and website one week before the talk for registration.

We look forward to seeing you via Zoom and hope you will share this with all who might also be interested in joining our community. Please direct questions and inquiries to Yifan Zou (yifanzou@uchicago.edu) and Minori Egashira (egashiram@uchicago.edu).

Hope you are staying safe and healthy!

Yifan + Minori
VMPEA Graduate Student Coordinators 2020-21

Zheng Shuang, Both are Good Cats 都是好貓, woodcut, 1996, 23*28cm

 

*Apr 9 (Friday), 4:45 pm – 6:45 pm CDT
Speaker: Boyoung Chang (Postdoctoral Fellow East Asian Art, Department of Art History)
Discussant: Saena Ryu Dozier
Title: Faraway, so close: North Korea in Contemporary Visual Culture

 

Apr 21
Speaker: Zhenru Zhou (PhD candidate, Department of Art History)
Discussant: Katherine Tsiang (Associate Director, Center for the Art of East Asia Chinese Art)
Title: Anarchitectonic Pagoda Images from Late-medieval Dunhuang

 

*May 7, 12pm CDT* (note Friday and noon time)
Speaker: Wang Lianming (Assistant Professor of Chinese Art History, Heidelberg University)
Discussant: Yin Wu (PhD candidate, Department of Art History)
Title: Revisiting the Jesuit Gardens in Eighteenth-Century Beijing

 

May 12 & 19 (Qualifying Papers)
*Collaboration with the RAVE Workshop (https://voices.uchicago.edu/researchartvisualevidence/)

Session One (May 12)
Jenny Harris (PhD student, Department of Art History)
Title: Worlds of Wire: Ruth Asawa’s Sculpture

Li Jiang (PhD student, Department of Art History)
Title: Replicating Death: The Gold Funerary Mask of Princess of the State of Chen (1018)

Stephanie Strother (PhD student, Department of Art History)
Title: “Fashionable Things”: The Designs and Designers of the Atelier Martine

 

Session Two (May 19)
Lex Ladge (PhD student, Department of Art History)
Title: Hieronian Impositions: Space and Policy in 3rd Century BCE Syracuse

Adriana Obiols Roca (PhD student, Department of Art History)
Title: Mesótica II: Central American Art After “Latin America”

Lucien Sun (PhD student, Department of Art History)
Title: A Print in Flux: Rethinking the Print of Guan Yu from Khara-Khoto

 

June 2
Speaker: Sooa Im McCormick (Curator of Korean Art, Cleveland Museum of Art)
Discussant: Yoon-Jee Choi (PhD student, Department of Art History)
Title: Korean Paper, a Trendy Item in Late Ming Literati Circle

Winter 2021 Schedule

Dear friends and colleagues,

 

We are excited to share our Winter quarter calendar! In keeping with the university’s mandate to contain the spread of COVID-19, we will continue to conduct the workshop remotely for the entirety of the Winter quarter. Unless otherwise noted, all VMPEA meetings will take place on Wednesdays at 4:45 pm to 6:45 pm (CST) via Zoom. The individual meeting link will be sent out along with detailed talk abstract via VMPEA and related listservs approximately one week prior to the talk for registration. Below is our schedule for the quarter:

 

Attributed to Qu Ding (Chinese, active ca. 1023–ca. 1056), Summer Mountains, Handscroll; ink and color on silk, 1050, The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

 

Winter Quarter (2020 – 2021)

(4:45 pm – 6:45 pm every Wednesday or Friday)

 

Jan 13

Speaker: Maya Stiller (Associate Professor of Korean Art and Visual Culture, The University of Kansas)

Discussant: Zhenru Zhou (PhD candidate, Department of Art History)

Title: Elite Graffiti, Kinship, and Social Capital: Pilgrimages to Kŭmgangsan in Pre-1900 Korea

 

Jan 27

Speaker: Cybele Tom (PhD student, Department of Art History)

Discussant: Alice Casalini (PhD student, Department of Art History)

Tentative Title: Seeking Balance: Material and Meaning in a Polychrome Guanyin

 

Feb 10

Speaker: Meng Zhao (PhD candidate, Department of Art History)

Discussant: Tingting Xu (Lecturer in Art History, Columbia University)

Tentative Title: Crafting Sensuality: Tactual Erotics In Court Ladies Adorning Their Hair with Flowers

 

Feb 24

Speaker: Sophia Walker (PhD student, Joint program: Department of East Asian Languages and Civilizations and Department of Cinema and Media Studies)

Discussant: Ethan Waddell (PhD student, Department of East Asian Languages and Civilizations)

Tentative Title: Hunnu Rock: Mongolian Metal and a Global Folk Metal Subculture

 

Mar 12 (Friday)

Speaker: Melissa McCormick (Professor of Japanese Art and Culture, Harvard University)

Discussant: Chelsea Foxwell (Associate Professor of Art History and the College, Department of Art History)

Title: Calligraphy and Haptic Poetics in the Art of Ōtagaki Rengetsu

 

We are looking forward to seeing you via Zoom! Please direct questions and inquiries to Minori Egashira (egashiram@uchicago.edu) and Yifan Zou (yifanzou@uchicago.edu).

 

Minori and Yifan

VMPEA Graduate Student Coordinators 2020-21

AUTUMN 2020 SCHEDULE

Dear friends and colleagues,

We are excited to share our autumn quarter calendar. Due to the University of Chicago’s continuation of remote teaching/learning, we will conduct all sessions virtually for the autumn quarter. Unless otherwise noted, all VMPEA meetings will take place on Wednesdays at 4:45 pm to 6:45 pm (Chicago local time, note there will be a switch from CDT to CST on Nov 1st) via Zoom. The individual meeting link will be sent out along with detailed talk abstract via VMPEA lists one week prior to the talk for registration.

Anonymous, Herd of Deer in a Maple Grove 丹楓呦鹿圖, ink and colors on silk, Five Dynasties Period (907-960), National Palace Museum Taipei.

Oct. 7 (Wed)
Aurelia Campbell (Associate Professor, Art, Art History, and Film Faculty, Boston College)
“The Tibetan Stupa as a Protective Force in Early Ming Burials”
Discussant: Wei-Cheng Lin (Associate Professor of Art History and the College, Department of Art History)

 

Oct. 21 (Wed)
Nancy P. Lin (PhD candidate, Department of Art History)
“Sites at the Periphery: Performance, Photography, and the Making of Beijing’s ‘East Village’”
Discussant: Madeline Eschenburg (Lecturer, College of Arts and Sciences, Washburn University)

 

Nov. 6 (Fri)
Dorothy Wong (Professor, Mcintire Department of Art, University of Virginia)
“Colossal Buddha Images in China, Past and present”
Discussant: Jiayi Zhu (PhD student, Department of East Asian Languages and Civilizations)
*Note: This talk will take place on Friday from 4:45-6:45 pm (CST)

 

Nov 18 (Wed)
Alan Longino (PhD student, Department of Art History)
“Yutaka Matsuzawa and Looking Around Quantum Art”
Discussant: Orianna Cacchione (Curator of Global Contemporary Art, Smart Museum)

 

Dec 2 (Wed)
Or Porath (Post-Doctoral Researcher, Department of East Asian Languages and Civilizations)
“Japan’s Forgotten God: Jūzenji in Literature and the Visual Arts”
Discussant: Ian Cipperly (PhD student, Department of History)
*Collaboration with the APEA

 

We look forward to seeing you via Zoom and hope you will share this with all who might also be interested in joining our community. Please direct questions and inquiries to Yifan Zou (yifanzou@uchicago.edu) and Minori Egashira (egashiram@uchicago.edu)
Hope you are staying safe and healthy!

Yifan + Minori
VMPEA Graduate Student Coordinators 2020-21

Winter 2020 Schedule

Dear friends and colleagues,

Welcome back, everyone!  All sessions unless otherwise noted will take place in the Cochrane-Woods Art Center (CWAC) Room 152 on Fridays, 4:30-6:30 pm.

 

Winter 2020

 

January 17 Event Co-sponsored with Mass Culture Workshop

Panpan Yang, PhD candidate, Department of Cinema and Media Studies and the Department of East Asian Languages and Civilizations

“Ink on Screen, or What Animation Calls Thinking”

Respondent: W. J. T. Mitchell, PhD, Gaylord Donnelley Distinguished Service Professor, English and Art History

 

January 26 Cultural Event

Time: TBD; Venue: Professor Wei-Cheng Lin’s Place

Spring Festival Dumpling Party

 

February 20  Event Co-sponsored with Speaking of Art: Artist Interviews in Scholarship and Practice.
Note the special time and venue: 12:30-1:50 pm at CWAC 152.
Nancy Lin, PhD Candidate, Department of Art History

“‘That artwork doesn’t exist’: Productive misreadings of performance documentation and what happens when you find out the ‘truth.’”

 

February 28

Delin Lai, PhD, Professor and Head of Art History Program, Department of Fine Art, the University of Louisville

“Regionality: A Resistant Issue and Keyword in Modern Chinese Architecture”

Respondent: Zhiyan Yang, PhD Candidate, Department of Art History

 

March 6

Luo Rufei, PhD candidate, Zhejiang University; exchange student, University of Chicago
“A Preliminary Research on Images of Thousand Buddhas in Tibet: Taking the Murals of Pegdongpo Cave in Zanda County in Ngari Prefecture of Western Tibet as an Example”
Respondent: Dongshan Zhang, PhD candidate, Department of Art History.

 

March 7 Special Event

Time: 12:00-1:30pm

Location: CWAC lounge

A conversation and lunch with Christina Yu, PhD, Matsutaro Shoriki Chair, Art of Asia, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

RSVP is required.

 

We look forward to your attendance and hope you will share this with all who might also be interested in joining our community. Please direct questions and inquiries to Zhenru Zhou (zhenru@zhenruzhou.com) and Yin Wu (yinwu@uchicago.edu).

 

Kenro Izu, KAILASH #75, 2000. Platinum palladium print, 13 x 19 in. Rubin Museum of Art.

Fall 2019 Schedule

All sessions unless otherwise noted will take place in the Cochrane-Woods Art Center (CWAC) Room 156 on Fridays, 4:30-6:30 pm.

 

October 11 Special Event

Jiayi Zhu, PhD student, Department of East Asian Languages and Civilizations;

Sylvia Wu and Sizhao Yi, PhD students, Department of Art History

“Cave art from Xi’an to Dunhuang: Observations from the UChicago/Getty Traveling Seminar”

 

October 25 Event Co-sponsored with APEA

Peter Chen, MA student, Divinity School

“Religious or Secular: Feng Zikai in the Formation of ‘China’”

Respondent: Minori Egashira, PhD student, Department of Art History

Paper will be pre-circulated one week in advance.

 

November 1 Cultural Event

Halloween Party with An Art Historical Theme

Theme: TBD; Time: evening, TBD; Venue: Professor Chelsea Foxwell’s

 

November 8

Michael J. Hatch, PhD, Assistant Professor of East Asian Art History, Department of Art, Miami University

“Epigraphy, Ruan Yuan, and the Haptic Imagination in Early Nineteenth-Century Chinese Painting”

Respondent: Meng Zhao, PhD candidate, Department of Art History

 

November 15

Mew Lingjun Jiang, MAPH-TLO’20 Art History

“Abstract Expressionism” and “Minimalism” in the 1600s-1800s Japan: Iconography and Semiotics in Chihōfuda Regional Japanese Playing Cards of the Latin-Italo/Portuguese Suitmarks”

Respondent: Robert Burgos, PhD student, Department of History

Paper will be pre-circulated one week in advance.

 

November 22

Jennifer D. Lee, PhD, Assistant Professor, School of the Art Institute of Chicago

“Image and Thought: Wu Guanzhong’s Abstract Expression, 1979-1983”

Respondent: Orianna Cacchione, PhD, Curator of Global Contemporary Art, Smart Museum of Art

 

We look forward to your attendance and hope you will share this with all who might also be interested in joining our community. Please direct questions and inquiries to Zhenru (zhenru@zhenruzhou.com) and Yin (yinwu@uchicago.edu).

 

Wu Guanzhong, Song of Autumn, 2007

Spring Schedule 2018

Visual and Material Perspectives on East Asia is proud to present our schedule for Spring 2018.

All sessions unless otherwise noted will take place on Fridays from 4:30-6:30pm in the Cochrane-Woods Art Center (CWAC) Room 156 (Please note the room change from last quarter)


Huang Rui, The Rebirth of Yuanmingyuan, 1979, Oil on canvas, 60 x 80 cm.

 

April 13, Katherine Tsiang, Associate Director
Center for the Art of East Asia, University of Chicago
Department of Art History, University of Chicago
“Yungang to Longmen Transition? New Perspectives on Reading the Evidence”

*Tuesday, May 1, from 5 – 7pm in Rm. 157, Corey Byrnes, Assistant Professor of Modern Chinese Literature
Department of Asian Languages and Cultures, Northwestern University
“Defining the Chinese Landscape of Desolation in Teaching and Research”
Co-sponsored with Art & Politics of East Asia Workshop

*Thursday, May 10, from 5 – 7pm, Yin Wu, Ph.D. Student
Department of Art History, University of Chicago
“Materiality, Text, and Image in the Chinese version of The Rules for Reciting the Rosary [誦念珠規程]

*Thursday, May 17, from 5 – 7pm, Jianpeng Wei, Visiting Student, Ph.D candidate,
Department of Archaeology, Sichuan University
“敦煌维摩诘经变的结构性演变 [Structural Evolution of Vimalakirti Sutra Illustration in Dunhuang]”
*Please note: This talk will be conducted in Chinese

May 25, Jue Hou, Ph.D. Student
John U. Nef Committee on Social Thought, University of Chicago
“Skin Deep: Corporeography from Kafka to Qiu Zhijie”

*Thursday, May 31, from 5 – 7pm, Yunfei Shao, Ph.D. Candidate
Department of Art History, University of Chicago
“Picturing the Westlake in late Imperial China”

June 8, Orianna Caccione, Curator of Global Contemporary Art
The David and Alfred Smart Museum of Art
“Zhang Peili: A Case Study of Contemporary Chinese Art in the Global Art World”

 

We look forward to your attendance and hope you will share this with all who might also be interested in joining our community. Please direct questions and inquiries to Nancy P. Lin at nancyplin@uchicago.edu.

Winter Schedule 2018

Visual and Material Perspectives on East Asia is proud to present our schedule for Winter 2018.

All sessions unless otherwise noted will take place on Fridays from 4:30-6:30pm in the Cochrane-Woods Art Center (CWAC) Room 152 (Please note the room change from last quarter)


Cai Guo-Qiang, Color Mushroom Cloud, 2017. Realized above the former CP-1 site, University of Chicago, December 2, 3:25pm CST.

 

January 12, Xi Zhang, Ph.D. Candidate
Department of Art History, University of Chicago
“Riverscape Wrapped Around Porcelain: A Historical Study of 18th-Century Chinese Export Porcelains in the AIC Collection”

January 26, Professor Paola Iovene, Associate Professor in Chinese Literature
Department of East Asian Languages and Civilizations, University of Chicago
“Landscape of Words: Stone Inscriptions in Romance on Mt. Lushan (1980)”

February 2, Zhiyan Yang, Ph.D. Candidate
Department of Art History, University of Chicago
“Modern Architecture 近代建筑 in China and its Contemporary Legacy: Learning from a Historical Survey 普查(1987-1991)”

February 16, Jiayi Zhu, Ph.D. Student
Department of East Asian Languages and Civilizations, University of Chicago
“Architecture and/or Miniature? – The Informative Ambiguity of the Zhakou White Pagoda”

March 2, Professor Noriko Murai, Associate Professor of Art History
Faculty of Liberal Arts, Sophia University
“Current Encounters: Water Imagery in John La Farge and Okakura Kakuzō”

March 9, Professor DENG Fei, Associate Researcher in Chinese Art History
National Institute of Advanced Humanistic Studies, Fudan University | Visiting Scholar, Harvard-Yenching Institute
“Popularized Landscapes: Pictures of Landscape in Tombs in Yuan China (1271—1368)”

 

We look forward to your attendance and hope you will share this with all who might also be interested in joining our community. Please direct questions and inquiries to Nancy P. Lin at nancyplin@uchicago.edu.

Fall Schedule 2017

Visual and Material Perspectives on East Asia is proud to present our schedule for Fall 2017.

All sessions unless otherwise noted will take place on Fridays from 4:30-6:30pm in the Cochrane-Woods Art Center (CWAC) Room 156


Wang Jin, A Chinese Dream, performance by Wang Jin in 1998 at the Ming Tombs outside Beijing, photo by Shi Xiaobing

 

*Thursday, October 5, Professor Adrian Favell
Sainsbury Institute for the Study of Japanese Arts and Cultures, University of Leeds
“After the Tsunami: Japanese Contemporary Art since 2011”
*Note: This talk will take place on Thursday from 5-7pm

*October 13, Professor GU Zheng
Vice-Director of the Research Center for Visual Culture, School of Journalism,
Fudan University | Visiting Scholar, Harvard-Yenching Institute
“Between Journalism and Propaganda: The Assassination of Song Jiaoren in Minglibao”
*Note: This talk will be delivered in Chinese

*Thursday, November 2, ITO Miro
Independent artist, author, and producer
“Art as Media is a Message for Universality: Road of Light and Hope: The Eurasian Trail of Wisdom (Σοφια) — between East and West”
*Note: This talk will take place on Thursday from 5-7pm

November 10, Boqun Zhou, Ph.D. Candidate
Department of East Asian Languages and Civilizations, University of Chicago
“The Mechanical Heart: Analogies of the Lever and Leverage in Early China”

November 17, Zhenru Zhou, Ph.D. Student
Department of Art History, University of Chicago
“A Visual Study of the Front Panel of a Tang Dynasty Buddhist Shrine”

December 1, Yifan Zou, Ph.D. Student
Department of Art History, University of Chicago
“Traditions Reinterpreted: Text and Image in Wu Zhen’s Eight Views of Jiahe (1344)”

 

We look forward to your attendance and hope you will share this with all who might also be interested in joining our community. Please direct questions and inquiries to Nancy P. Lin at nancyplin@uchicago.edu.