Arts of China Consortium

hosted by the Institute of Fine Arts, New York University

TO ATTEND: Conferences, Symposia, Seminars, Lectures










Listings below are organized chronologically.

China Project Workshop

[from IFA, 9/25/15]

25 September
Jonathan Hay (New York University), "'IFA Portals: Chinese Pictorial Art'–-A Website Project"

16 October
Kyoungin Bae (Columbia University), "Inscription and Representation of Export Cantonese Furniture in the Eighteenth and Early Nineteenth Centuries"

20 November
Hsueh-man Shen (New York University), "Shipwrecks and Submerged Worlds–-A Book Project"

4 December
Shiyee Liu (Metropolitan Museum of Art), "Show and Tell: Narratives in Chinese Painting–-An Exhibition Project"

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"Ai Weiwei and the Art of the Zodiac"

Elizabeth Childs-Johnson (University of Memphis)
University of Memphis
Memphis, TN
9 November 2015

[from ACClist, 11/1/15]

For more information, contact the Department of Art at (901) 678-2216.

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"Dunhuang: Global Gallery of Art and Faith"

Roderick Whitfield (Emeritus, School of Oriental and African Studies)
Princeton Club of New York
New York, NY
10 November 2015

[courtesy of Tang Center, 10/27/15]

Organized by the Tang Center for East Asian Art
Co-sponsored by the Princeton Club of New York, the Dunhuang Foundation, and Princeton University's Office of Alumni Affairs
For more information and to register, please visit

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"The Chinese avant-garde: two contemporary artists in conversation"

British Museum
London, UK
13 November 2015

[from British Museum, 10/9/15]

Shen Kuiyi, Professor of Asian Art History, Theory, and Criticism at the University of California San Diego, chairs a conversation with artists Qu Leilei and Ma Desheng, members of the Stars who formed China's first avant-garde art group with Ai Weiwei.

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"Visualizing Dunhuang"

British Museum
London, UK
13-14 November 2015

[from Tang Center, 11/3/15]

Organized by the P. Y. and Kinmay W. Tang Center for East Asian Art with the Princeton University Art Museum, in conjunction with the exhibition Sacred Caves of the Silk Road: Ways of Knowing and Re-creating Dunhuang (3 October 2015 - 10 January 2016), in the Art Museum, and the photography exhibition Dunhuang through the Lens of James and Lucy Lo, in the Department of Art and Archaeology at Princeton University. The symposium is made possible by major funding from the Henry Luce Foundation, with additional support from the Dunhuang Foundation; and from the Buddhist Studies Workshop, the Program in East Asian Studies, and the Department of Art and Archaeology at Princeton University.

Located at the convergence of the northern and southern routes of the ancient Silk Road on the edge of the Taklamakan desert in western China, Dunhuang is one of the richest Buddhist sites in China, with nearly 500 cave temples constructed between the fourth and the fourteenth century. The sculptures, murals, portable paintings, and manuscripts found in the caves represent nearly every aspect of Buddhism, both doctrinally and artistically. This symposium will explore the many ways in which Dunhuang has been visualized, by the architects, builders, and artists who made the caves as well as by twentieth-century explorers and photographers, conservators, and contemporary artists.


Afternoon session
- Jerome Silbergeld (Princeton University), Welcome
- James Steward (Princeton University) and Helena Kolenda (Luce Foundation), Remarks
- Mimi Gardner Gates (Dunhuang Foundation; Director Emerita, Seattle Art Museum), "What Is Dunhuang?"
- Fan Jinshi (Director Emerita, Dunhuang Academy), "My Experiences at Dunhuang"


Morning session
Session chair: Dora C. Y. Ching (Princeton University)
- Dora C. Y. Ching, Welcome
- Cary Y. Liu (Princeton University) and Dora C. Y. Ching, "Introductory Considerations: Visualizing and Modeling"
- Maria Menshikova (State Hermitage Museum), "Russian-Turkestan Expedition and Dunhuang Material"
- Zhao Shengliang (Dunhuang Academy), "The Significance of James C.M. Lo's Photographs of the Caves at Dunhuang"
- Neville Agnew (Getty Conservation Institute), "Research, Implementation, Exhibition: The Quarter-Century Partnership of the Dunhuang Academy with the Getty"
- Annette Juliano (Rutgers University), "Reflections on Early Dunhuang Caves: Textiles, Thrones, and Canopies"
- Jun Hu (Northwestern University), "Radiant Canopies: Cave Ceiling Designs at Dunhuang, ca. 600"

Afternoon session
Session chair: Hsueh-man Shen (New York University)
- Zoe S. Kwok (Princeton University), Welcome
- Wei-Cheng Lin (University of Chicago), "What Did 'Architecture' Do in Visualizing Dunhuang?"
- Sarah E. Fraser (Ruprecht-Karls-Universität Heidelberg), "Narrative Structures in Dunhuang Murals: Dialogic Space of Debate Narratives"
- Joseph Scheier-Dolberg (Metropolitan Museum of Art), "'To Go Where Ancients Never Tread': Rediscovering Dunhuang as a Source of Artistic Inspiration"
- Zhang Hongtu (independent artist, New York), "Dunhuang, No Boundaries"
- Wang Xudong (Dunhuang Academy), "Dunhuang in the Twenty-First Century"
- Dora C.Y. Ching, Closing remarks

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"Politics, Representation and the Body"

Asia Pacific Triennial 8
Gallery of Modern Art
Brisbane, Australia 21 November 2015

[from APT8, 11/13/15]

In this panel discussion exploring themes of politics and representation in APT8, join artists Sharon Chin, Liu Ding, Janenne Eaton and Taloi Havini, in conversation with Venus Lau, Artistic director of OCT Contemporary Art Terminal, Shenzhen.

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Shadow of the Spectacle: Urban China in Ni Weihua's Conceptual Photography artist talk

Ni Weihua
California State University, Northridge
21 November 2015

[courtesy of M. Wang, 10/27/15]

Through photographs and video works, this exhibition (17 November - 12 December 2015) presents contemporary Chinese artist Ni Weihua's two major series Keywords and Landscape Wall. Keywords, an ongoing project that the artist began in 1998, addresses the promulgation of official ideologies in urban public spaces and documents the increasingly spectacular visual presentations adopted by the government propaganda agencies. Landscape Wall, another multiple-year project that he started in 2008, captures the penetration of the spectacular consumerism in Chinese cities through street billboards and addresses the rising inequality in the country at both material and symbolic levels. Together, they represent Ni's artistic effort to simultaneously document and deconstruct China's official discourses of economic development and consumerist urbanization.

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"Dislocations: Remapping Art Histories"

Tate Research Centre: Asia-Pacific
Tate Modern
London, UK
3-4 December 2015

[from Tate, 10/5/15]

The histories of modern and contemporary art in Asia are inseparable from the cultural, social and political realities of the region and its continuously changing position in the world at large. What we regard as the canonical reading of art and its histories have been the subject of rigorous critique and revision in the past decades, and the conventional perception of art history as a singular narrative has yielded to a more complicated, discursive understanding of multiple art histories.

The conference raises a number of questions on performance, socially engaged practice and the methodological rethinking of the Western-centrism of 20th century art histories. Topics include environmental art and performance in Japan in the 1960s, performance and its relationship to installation art in the Philippines in the 1970s, transnational and multivalent character of Modernism’s centres such as Paris and Mumbai, the effect of the internet and social networking technologies in contemporary Chinese art and the ‘social’ legacy of the socialist era in contemporary practice in China.


Do Ho Suh (artist), Keynote address


Session One: Performance: An Expanded Field
Convened by Joan Kee (University of Michigan) and Sook-Kyung Lee (Tate Research Centre: Asia-Pacific)
- Ignacio Adriasola (University of British Columbia), "Performance and the Bad 'Obuje' of Art History"
- Tina Le (University of Michigan), "Cassettes 100: Site and Sound in Philippine Performance"
- Lee Ambrozy (New York University), "An Expanded Definition of 'Performance Art' in China"

Session Two: Where Asias Meet: Decolonising Centres
Convened by Sook-Kyung Lee and Ming Tiampo (Carleton University)
- Pamela N. Corey (School of Oriental and African Studies), "Distilling the Pictorial Field: Cambodian Artists, Photography and Landscape"
- Sonal Khullar (University of Washington), "We Were Looking for our Violins: The Bombay Painters and Poets, 1965-1975"
- Ming Tiampo, "Transnational Regionalism, Decolonizing Abstraction"

Session Three: Contemporary Art and the Social
Convened by Marko Daniel (Tate Modern) and Zheng Bo (Central Academy of Fine Arts)
- Su Wei (art critic), "Superintendent of a Building: On Introspective Participation"
- Lu Peiyi (curator), "Towards Art/Society: Socially-Engaged Art in Taiwan"
- Zheng Bo, "Dialogue, Anger, Commitment: World Factory (2014) and Anyuan Theatre (1922-25)

Ticket price includes entry to the drinks reception and lunch as well as refreshments throughout the conference. If you would like to learn more about the conference, please e-mail

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"Fifty Years of East Asian Art History in Heidelberg"

Institute of East Asian Art History
University of Heidelberg
11-12 December 2015

[courtesy of S. Fraser, 11/1/15]

- Xuefeng Wei (Sichuan Provincial Museum; Sichuan University), "Zhang Daqian: Dunhuang and Beyond" (Lecture in Chinese / written English summary)

- Lothar Ledderose (Emeritus, University of Heidelberg), "Scholarly issues in 1965"
- Doris Croissant (University of Heidelberg), "Heidelberg Romanticism and Prewar Aesthetics in Japan"
- Eugenia Bogdanova (University of Heidelberg), "Postwar International Zen and Japanese Avant-Garde Calligraphy"
- Yu-Chieh Li (University of Heidelberg), "Collecting Japanese and Chinese Art at the Museum of Modern Art"
- Mio Wakita (University of Heidelberg), "Shifting concepts of photography within the history of early Japanese spirit photography (1870s-1920s)"
- Sarah E. Fraser (University of Heidelberg), "Self-Reflexivity in 18th c. Qianlong and Sachsen Court Painting"
- Lianming Wang (University of Heidelberg), "Ten Noble Hounds: Compositional Features of Animal Painting in Qianlong's Court"
- Melanie Trede (University of Heidelberg), "Political Iconography in Japanese narrative paintings"
Wrap-up Discussion: "The Past, the Present, and the Future of East Asian Art History"

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