Arts of China Consortium

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Listings below are organized chronologically.

"The China Symposium"

The Armory Show
New York, NY
8-9 March 2014

[from Armory, 3/5/14]

For the first time, The Armory Show will host a symposium in conjunction with its annual regional Focus initiative. Organized by Philip Tinari, Director of the Ullens Center for Contemporary Art, Beijing, this inaugural weekend-long forum comprises eight discussions that aim to elaborate and clarify the state of contemporary art in China today. The first day of the symposium explores circumstances and dynamics shaping the external environment, while the second day looks at significant currents in art itself. Drawing speakers from around China and beyond, including leading artists, journalists, curators, collectors, gallerists, and academics, the two days taken together offer perhaps the most comprehensive overview of the art scene in China yet undertaken for a general New York audience. "The China Symposium" is generously supported by Mr. Adrian Cheng and the K11 Art Foundation.


Noah Horowitz (The Armory Show)
Philip Tinari (Ullens Center for Contemporary Art)
Adrian Cheng (K11 Art Foundation, Hong Kong)

The Big Picture
Participants: Adrian Cheng, Jerome Cohen (New York University), Jeremy Goldkorn (Danwei)
Moderator: Reihan Salam (political commentator, columnist, author)
China's rise to global power has brought about an unprecedented level of openness to the outside world, paradoxically paired with an acute sensitivity to dissent from both inside and beyond. What do these new dynamics mean, especially for the art world? What are the connections between political developments and decisions at the highest levels and the position of contemporary art in the public culture? Now that a new group of leaders has decisively taken the reins, what do we have to look forward to, and what if anything should we fear?

The Chinese Art World Described as a System
Participants: Huang Rui (artist, Beijing), Meg Maggio (Pékin Fine Arts), Shen Qibin (Tianrenheyi Art Center), Shaway Yeh (Modern Media Group, Shanghai)
Moderator: András Szántó (author and cultural consultant, New York)
A long legacy of censorship, speculation, and pay-for-play practice at museums and in the media has created the perception of a deeply flawed system for contemporary art in China. And yet in recent years, a crop of enlightened academic departments, dedicated galleries, curious collectors, ambitious foundations, and public institutions has emerged to counter this earlier understanding. Nodding to Lawrence Alloway's 1972 studio-to-market analysis of the Western art world, this panel asks what is distinctive about the models that have emerged on the ground in China, and what, perhaps, they might have to teach us.

The Museum Boom
Participants: Colin Chinnery (Wuhan Art Terminus), Jeffrey Johnson (China Megacities Lab), Lu Xun (Sifang Art Museum), Karen Smith (OCT Contemporary Art Terminal), Budi Tek (Yuz Museum)
Moderator: Fiammetta Rocco (Economist)
All across China, fusty state museums are being rebirthed with stunning facilities, while private institutions are launching in record numbers and in many different forms. China's vaunted "Museum Boom" is creating spaces for the display of contemporary art on a scale never before imagined, raising key questions about the publics these places envision for themselves as well as their ability to sustain operations and programming in the long term. What is behind this sudden urge, both public and private, to establish new spaces? What will it ultimately mean for artistic production, circulation, and consumption in China and globally?

The Market These Days
Participants: Graham Bowley (New York Times), Simon Kirby (Victoria Miro Gallery), Daryl Wickstrom (Sotheby's Asia), William Zhao (curator and collector, Hong Kong)
Moderator: Georgina Adam (Art Newspaper)
For Chinese and Western audiences, alike, interest and concern for the contemporary art scene in China has generally begun with the market. This past autumn saw the establishment of salesrooms in the Mainland by both of the major Western auction houses and new records for both a living Chinese artist and a work of Western art purchased by a Chinese collector. Chinese collectors have emerged in droves, particularly in second- and third-tier cities once thought beyond the purview of the art market. Still, questions of transparency, authenticity, and sustainability persist. What lies ahead for China's art market? What sort of impact will China's expanded buying power have internationally? How will domestic policies on taxation and import affect collecting trends? And are the market mechanisms for conferring and transferring value fundamentally sound?


The Emerging Consensus
Participants: Thomas Berghuis (Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum), Jane DeBevoise (Asia Art Archive), Wu Hung (University of Chicago)
Moderator: Robert C. Morgan (Rochester Institute of Technology)
A standard art-historical narrative on contemporary Chinese art—beginning with the movements of the late 1970s, and running through the 1980s "New Wave," and 1990s experimentation, to our current thriving moment—started to coalesce in the mid-2000s. Like any important history, its writing has been subject to competing claims from different players with specific agendas. Through volumes such as Wu Hung's anthology Chinese Contemporary Art: Primary Documents and groupings of work like the M+ Sigg Collection, an account of art as a force for openness and exploration is taking shape, perhaps in counterpoint to an increasingly confident Party narrative which sees the contemporary as a manifestation of China's cultural strength. Can these two accounts coexist?

The New Ink
Participants: Hao Liang (artist, Beijing), Alexandra Munroe (Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum), Joseph Scheier-Dolberg (Metropolitan Museum of Art), Craig Yee (Ink Studio)
Moderator: Britta Lee Erickson (independent scholar and curator)
The quintessentially Chinese medium of ink painting is seeing a contemporary resurgence. From the establishment of galleries devoted specifically the cause, to the current survey at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, which takes ink as a starting point to map contemporary art in China more broadly, the brush is proving a renewed source of fascination. Fed by the twin trends of a domestic collector class ever more deeply interested in rediscovering tradition, and a group of younger artists looking for ways beyond more standard (Western) media, this vogue is also coming up against practitioners who have been working in and with ink all along, often without wider recognition. What does this new wave of attention and interest in ink mean for Chinese art more generally?

The ON | OFF Generation
He Xiangyu; Hu Xiangqian (artist, Beijing), Li Ming (Double Fly Art Center), Sun Dongdong (LEAP; co-curator, ON | OFF: China's Young Artists in Concept and Practice), Zhao Yao (artist, Beijing)
Moderator: Lee Ambrozy (Artforum International China; New York University)
A new generation of artists has emerged, less concerned with overt political symbols and cultural identity than with conceptual processes and international dialogue. Driven by the instantaneous proximity to global networks that is one hallmark of our present, these artists are making work that does not "look Chinese," even as they continue to engage with their country's endlessly fraught and complex realities. The title of a major generational survey mounted in 2013 at UCCA, ON | OFF refers to the graphical interface of a common VPN software that many in China, artists included, use to scale the Internet firewall; it invokes a dichotomy that structures many aspects of their life and practice. Many of these artists are present in the "Focus: China" section. Who are they, and what are their concerns?

The Armory Artist: Xu Zhen
Participants: Alexia Dehaene (MadeIn Company), Aimee Lin (ArtReview Asia), Barbara Pollack (Artnews, Pu Hong (critic and author, Beijing)
Moderator: Philip Tinari
Known for his versatile and subversive interventions, this year's Armory Artist Xu Zhen (b. 1977, Shanghai) is a major force on China's art scene today. His retrospective Xu Zhen: A MadeIn Company Production, on view at the UCCA in Beijing as he takes the stage at The Armory Show in New York, offers the most thorough overview of his fifteen-year output to date. This discussion brings together several expert observers of his work to put his practice, and his commission for The Armory Show, into context.

With special thanks to Michelle Darnell for her assistance in organizing this program.

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"And the Earth Has Shaken: The Fukushima Disaster in Contemporary Art"

Ayalet Zohar (Tel Aviv University)
in the conference "Fukushima and Beyond: Three Years to the Great East Japan Earthquake"
University of Haifa
10 March 2014

[from H-ASIA, 2/25/14]

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"Swords, Seals, Cards and Dolls: Objects in Antiquarian Discourse in Late Tokugawa"

Margarita Winkel (Leiden University)
East Asian Studies Seminar Series
University of Cambridge
10 March 2014

[from H-ASIA, 1/21/14]

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"The Gesamtkunstwerk: A Concept for All Times and Places"

University of Lisbon
12-14 March 2014

[from "Gesamtkunstwerk", 3/10/14; panels/papers relating to Japan listed below]

New Design Trends in Modern and Contemporary Japan
Discussant: Jorge dos Reis (University of Lisbon)
- Meghen Jones (Sainsbury Institute for the Study of Japanese Arts and Cultures), "The Total Work of Craft in 1910s Japan"
- Gennifer Weisenfeld (Duke University), "Saitô Kazô's 'Synthetic Art': New Designs for Modern Japan"
- Pedro Reisinho (University of Coimbra), "The concept wabi sabi for contemporary design"
- Ana Matilde Sousa (University of Lisbon), "The Japanese concept of kyara and the 'total work of art' in otaku subculture: multimedia franchise, merchandise, fan labour"

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"Geography of Photography: Japan--Photography and Photographers"

Universität Zürich

[from Zürich, 3/8/14]

13 March
Mio Wakita (Universität Heidelberg), "'Souvenirfotografie' aus Japan: Kusakabe Kimbeis Frauendarstellungen und die visuellen Praktiken der Meiji-Zeit ['Souvenir photography' in Japan: Kusakabe Kimbei's portrayal of women and visual practice in the Meiji period]"

20 March
Christine Kühn (Staatliche Museen zu Berlin)), "'... als reise Hokusai mit uns ...': Japanische Fotografie der Meiji-Zeit im Berliner Museum für Fotografie ['As Hokusai travels with us...': Japanese photographs of the Meiji period in the Berlin Museum for Photography]"

27 March
Luke Gartlan (University of St Andrews), "Sex, Lies, and Photography: On the Violence of Yokohama shashin"

28 March
Student Workshop: Luke Gartlan, "Photography and Cultural Interaction: Theories and Histories"

3 April
Hans Bjarne Thomsen (Universität Zürich), "Adaption, Assimilation, and Alteration: Japanese Photography in the 19th Century"

10 April
Thilo Koenig (Universität Zürich), "'Ich bin die Fotografie': Nobuyoshi Araki ['I am the photograph': Nobuyoshi Araki]"

17 April
Madoka Yuki (Universität Duisburg-Essen), "Lost in Translation: Japan in Fotografien [Japan in photographs]"

8 May
Urs Stahel (Universität Zürich; Bologna), "Provoke: Das Manifest einer explosiven Zeit [Provoke: The manifesto of an explosive time]"

9 May
Student Workshop: Andri Pol (Universität Zürich), "Where is Japan"

15 May
Bettina Lockemann (Hochschule für Bildende Künste Braunschweig), "Nach Fukushima: Strategien fotografischer Sichtbarmachung [After Fukushima: Strategies of photographic visualization]"

16 May
Vera Wolff (ETH Zürich), "Fotografie in Japan. Japanische Fotografie? [Photography in Japan. Japanese photography?]"

21 May
Lena Fritsch (Tate Modern), "Streunende Hunde, verlassene Apartments und unbekleidete Männer: Zur Fotografie von Daidô Moriyama, Miyako Ishiuchi und Sakiko Nomura [Stray dogs, abandoned apartments and naked men: Photography by Daido Moriyama to, Miyako Ishiuchi and Sakiko Nomura]"

27 May
Kathrin Beer (Universität Zürich), "Hiroshi Sugimoto: 'Sense of Space'"

28 May
Student Workshop: Kathrin Beer, "Hiroshi Sugimoto: 'Beyond Photography'"

5 June
Gregor Stemmrich (Freie Universität Berlin), "Ästhetische Apperzeption und Gedächtnis: Hiroshima in der Fotografie [Aesthetic apperception and memory: Hiroshima in photography]"

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"The Art World in China: Recent Developments and Future Prospects"

Sotheby's Institute of Art
New York, NY
14 March 2014

[from SIA, 3/13/14]

- Mary Rozell (Sotheby's Institute of Art), Opening remarks

Panel 1: Museums
Moderator: Natasha Degen (Sotheby's Institute of Art)
Speakers: Clare Jacobson (author, New Museums in China); Lu Xun (Sifang Art Museum, Nanjing); Barbara Pollack (arts journalist); Miriam Sun (Museum of Contemporary Art Shanghai); Daisy Yiyou Wang (Peabody Essex Museum)

Panel 2: The Market
Moderator: Noah Horowitz (The Armory Show)
Speakers: Cai Wei (collector, Beijing); Claudia Albertini (Platform China); Henry Howard-Sneyd (Sotheby's); Ben Mandel (Citi Research)

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"The Ancient Art of Scholar's Rocks"

Kemin Hu (author)
Asia Society
New York, NY
14 March 2014

[from Asia Society, 3/14/13]

Kemin Hu, one of the foremost experts on "spirit stones," discusses the ancient art of the scholar's rock and stone appreciation, describing the various stones, their history and characteristics, as outlined in her latest book, Spirit Stones: The Ancient Art of the Scholar's Rock (Abbeville Press), co-authored by Thomas S. Elias, with photography by Jonathon M. Singer. Books available for purchase and signing at event.

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Himalayan Studies Conference 2014

Association for Nepal and Himalayan Studies (ANHS)
Yale University
New Haven, CT
14-16 March 2014

[from ANHS, 3/14/14; panels/papers relating to visual/material culture listed below]

101. Beyond Documentation: Photography in the Field
Convener: Rob Linrothe (Northwestern University)

Session I
Chair: Rob Linrothe
- David Zurick (Eastern Kentucky University), "The Purpose of Photography in Field Study"
- Marcus Nüsser (Heidelberg University), "From Nanga Parbat to Khumbu Himal: Using Repeat Photography to Detect Glacier Changes along the Himalayan Arc"
- Clare Harris (University of Oxford), "Type-cast? Performing Tibetaness for the Camera in British India"

Session II
Chair: Clare Harris
- Rob Linrothe, "Drawing the Line: Painted Photographs in Ladakh & Zangskar"
- Kevin Bubriski (Green Mountain College) "To the Edges and Beyond: The Framed Moment & Memory"
- Melissa Kerin (Washington and Lee University), "Decoding Devotional Photographs: Their Subject Matter, Material, Circulation, and Re/uses at Tibetan Buddhist Temples in Ladakh"
- Patrick Sutherland (University of the Arts London), "Photographing Spiti"

109. Ethnic Communities in Transition on the Sino-Tibetan Border
- Ming Xue (University of California, Los Angeles), "Breaking the Taboo? Female Students and Han Students of Tibetan Thangka Painting in Amdo Tibet"

110. Expressive Practices & Material Culture in Transforming Nepali Communities
- Sara Shneiderman (Yale University), "Temple Building in Secular Nepal: Post-Conflict Notions of 'Progress'"

114. Histories of Himalayan Buddhism
- Sarah Richardson (University of Toronto), "Visualizing a Temple Across Time and Space"

117. Modernization & the Revisiting of Tradition in Tibetan Regions
- Theresia Hofer (University of Oslo), "Medicine and the Representation of Traditions and Modernities: Shrine Rooms and Museum Exhibits in Lhasa"
- Ming Xue, "Painting The Future: Trends and Transitions of Tibetan Thangka in Amdo Tibe"

125. Reframing Intersections of Global/Local in Contemporary Nepali Art
Convener: Dina Bangdel (Virginia Commonwealth University in Qatar)
- Dina Bangdel, "Framing the Local/Global in Contemporary Nepali Art History"
- Maureeen Drdak (artist and independent scholar), "'The Prakriti Project': Artist and Artisan in Constructed Definitions of Contemporary Art"
- Kathryn Hagy (Mount Mercy University), "Amid Pilgrimage and Rootedness"
- Ashmita Ranjit (Lasanaa Alternative Art Space), "Then Where Do I Belong?"

128 Sacred Landscapes & Symbolic Locations in the Himalaya
- Jessica Birkenholtz (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign), "Community Building, Building Community: A Study of the New Svasthani Temple in Sankhu, Nepal"

133. Tracing a Nation: Bhutanese Identities in Object, Text & Practice
- Ariana Maki (University of Colorado Boulder), "Image and Practice at Tamzhing's Mani Dungkhor"
- Kuenga Wangmo (Courtauld Museum of Art), "Protecting Primary Contexts in Bhutan"

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"New Perspectives on Kangxi Porcelain"

New York, NY
15 March 2014

[courtesy of OCS, 3/5/13]

- Julia Curtis (independent scholar), "A New Aesthetic for a New Dynasty: Kangxi Porcelain from Jingdezhen, 1661-1722"
- Stephen Little (Los Angeles County Museum of Art), "Chinese Paintings and Porcelains of the Kangxi Reign"
- Matthew Bunney (Guangzhou Oriental Museum), "Trace Model Research and Material Evidence Authentication of Kangxi Porcelain"
- Yibin Ni (independent scholar), "A New Popular Media: Stories on Kangxi Porcelain to Educate and Entertain"
- Jeffrey Stamen (collector), "A Kangxi Xiwangmu Vase: Anatomy of a Masterpiece"

Panel discussion to follow.

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"Picture Mirrors: Traditional Japanese Prints in Their Own Time and Today"

Roger Keyes (author)
Japanese Arts Society of America annual meeting
Marymount School
New York, NY
16 March 2014

[from JASA, 3/14/13]

"A picture," the artist Hokusai wrote, "is a mirror where heartmind meets heartmind." What could this mean? To celebrate the fortieth anniversary of the Ukiyo-e Society of America, now the Japanese Art Society of America, Roger Keyes will focus on a few key works by Japanese print artists from the 17th through the 19th centuries and show how they managed to transform sorrow to joy, fear to courage, affliction into benefit, and pleasure into fulfillment. These qualities shine through their pictures regardless of one's background, and the ease of well-being that informs them still makes people smile with pleasure today.

Roger Keyes first visited Japan in 1958 and has been studying and writing about Japanese prints since the 1960s. His first book, The Theatrical World of Osaka Prints (with the late Keiko Mizushima), was published in 1973. Since then Roger has published many other books and articles and completed in 2007 an illustrated but still unpublished catalogue raisonné of Hokusai's 3000 single-sheet prints begun in 1972 with the late Peter Morse. In addition he has taught and lectured widely in Europe, Japan, and the United States, most recently about the transformative aspects of seeing and art. He and his wife Elizabeth Coombs relocated to England in 2010 and now live directly across the street from the cathedral church of York Minster.

If you would like to attend, please contact Christy Laidlaw at or (917) 658-3955 to reserve a place.

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"Chinese Museums in the 21st Century"

Asia Society
New York, NY
16 March 2014

[from Asia Society, 3/14/13]

Noted scholar and curator James C. Y. Watt; former Director of The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art and Chinese art historian Marc F. Wilson; and Asia Society Museum Director Melissa Chiu in conversation on how the understanding of Chinese art has changed over the past two decades in the United States and, more recently, in China.

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"Chinese Export Paintings"

William R. Sargent (former H.A. Crosby Forbes Curator of Asian Export Art, Peabody Essex Museum)
New York, NY
16 March 2014

[from Asia Week NY, 3/14/13]

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"Of the Moment: China's Museum Boom in Context"

M+ Matters
Fringe Club
Hong Kong
18 March 2014

[from M+, 12/22/13]

- Lars Nittve (M+) and Aric Chen (M+), Welcome remarks
- Jeffrey Johnson (Columbia University), "Future of the Museum in China"
- Seng Kuan (Washington University, St. Louis), "Art and Architecture: China's Museum Boom in Historical Context"

Jeffrey Johnson, Seng Kuan and Lü Peng (Chengdu MOCA; China Academy of Art), Panel discussion and Q+A
Moderators: Aric Chen and Daan Roggeveen (Hong Kong University; Go West Project)

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"Artifacts that Invoke the Aura and Authority of the Ancient"

Katheryn M. Linduff (University of Pittsburgh)
University of Pittsburgh
19 March 2014

[from Pitt, 3/15/13]

The reuse or remaking of ancient objects to fuel the elites' taste for the ancient in China began very early—at least as early as the Shang as witnessed in the collection of jades in the Tomb of Lady Hao at Anyang (c. 1250 BCE). Perhaps a collector herself, Fuhao took to her burial carved jades of previous periods as well as some modeled after earlier pieces. During the Western Han Dynasty (2nd c. BCE) replication of objects including ones aimed at funerary use was institutionalized by the government itself and ancient items were reworked to suit the current practice. Transmission took three forms that allowed: first, reuse of an ancient original; second, reworking of the ancient object; and third, copying and/or remaking of the ancient model. This process continued in China and attention to the past and the selective revival of "Golden Age" antiquities took place especially in the Song, Ming and Qing Dynasties when collections of ancient materials were formed on a regular basis. This talk will examine biographies of these later bronzes and explore the forces in elite culture that repeatedly created icons of the past in the form of early ritual bronzes.

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"What Images Do"

Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts
Copenhagen, Denmark
19-21 2014

[from KARCH, 3/15/13; panels/papers relating to China listed below]

Jonathan Hay (New York University), Keynote address

Architecture and Image
- Doreen Bernath (Architectural Association London), "China and the Configuration of Reality-Effect"

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"Violence and Atonement in the Postindustrial Age: Minamata Patients, Hongan no Kai, and the Carving of Jizô Statues"

Yuki Miyamoto (DePaul University)
in the conference "Violence, Nonviolence, and Japanese Religions: Past, Present, and Future"
University of Hawai'i at Manoa
Honolulu, HI
20-21 March 2014

[from Numata Conference, 3/14/13]

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"Imagining Chinese Medicine: Medical Illustration from Han Tombs to Contemporary Comics"

Vivienne Lo (University College London)
East Asia Art & Archaeology Research Seminar
School of Oriental and African Studies
University of London
21 March 2014

[from SOAS, 3/14/13]

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"Xu Bing: Art As a Form of Thinking"

John Rajchman (Columbia University)
Taipei Fine Arts Museum
22 March 2014

[from TFAM, 3/15/14]

[In conjunction with the exhibition Xu Bing: A Retrospective (25 January - 20 April 2014).]

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"About 1638: Artists and Networks in the Early Modern World"

Shane McCausland (SOAS, University of Loondon)
Institute of Fine Arts
New York University
26 March 2014

[courtesy of China Project Workshop, 3/24/14]

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Association for Asian Studies Annual Conference

Philadelphia, PA
27-30 March 2014

[from AAS, 3/15/14; panels/papers relating to China/Japan visual/material culture listed below]


4. Sweeping the Dust off History: New Approaches to Archaeological Finds and Rare Documents in East Asia and Beyond
- Yiwen Li (Yale University), "Made in China: An Investigation of Chinese Objects Recovered from Sutra Mounds in Japan, 1000-1300"

18. All in the Family: Kinship and the Visual Culture of Medieval East Asian Buddhism
Chair: Roderick Whitfield (SOAS, University of London
- Kate Lingley (University of Hawai'i at Manoa), "The Visual Grammar of Kinship in Medieval Chinese Buddhist Monuments"
- Winston Kyan (University of Utah), "Between Jatakas and Filial Piety Sutras: Rethinking Representations of Shanzi As a Buddhist Filial Son"
- Akiko Walley (University of Oregon), "Buddhist Diplomacy: The 'Soga Mode' and Reconfirmation of Family"
- Sun Ah Choi (Myongji University), "Filial Piety and the Creation of Buddhist Monuments during the Unified Silla: Centering on Sokgul-am and Bulguk-sa in Kyongju, Korea"
Discussant: Youngsook Pak (SOAS, University of London)

23. The Power of Reading: Reception of Literature and Arts in the Qing Dynasty
- Qin Fang (McDaniel College), "Iron Painting in the Qing Dynasty: Places, Identities, and Arts"

24. Fashioning Textiles, Fabricating Fashion: The Technology of Cloth and Clothing from Seventh- to Twentieth-Century China
Chair and discussant: Dorothy Ko (Barnard College, Columbia University)
- Bu Yun Chen (Swarthmore College), "Material Girls: Silk, Innovation, and Fashionable Change in Tang China (618-907)"
- Jennifer Purtle (University of Toronto), "Technologies of Textiles and Forms of Fashion: Clothes and the Sino-Mongol Man"
- Rachel Silberstein (University of Oxford), "Cloud Collars and Sleeve Bands: The Impact of Commercial Embroidery on Late Qing Fashion"
- Mei Mei Rado (Bard Graduate Center), "Where Modernity and Nationalism Intersected: Modern Textile and Fashion in Republican China"

27. Image, Ritual, and Performance from Discovered Religious Art
Chair: Lidu Yi (Florida International University)
- Minku Kim (University of Minnesota), "Two Kharosthi Inscriptions from China: Gandhari-Speaking Communities and Their Agency of Early Buddhist Art in China"
- Lidu Yi, "Image, Performance and Ritual in the Religious Art of China"
- Liqun He (Chinese Academy of Social Sciences), "Buddhist Persecution or Image Burial Practice? New Discoveries in Ye"
- Fan Zhang (Florida State University), "Decorating Tomb with Arias: Early Theatrical Text and Transcendence after Life"
Discussant: Klaas Ruitenbeek (Asian Art Museum Berlin)

Second Annual Society for the Study of Early China Conference, 9:00 am - 5:30 pm
[from H-ASIA, 2/21/14]
- Lei Chin-hau (Academia Sinica), "Tracing Diplomacy and Long-Distance Communication in the Western Zhou Period: A Case Study of the Pu He"
\ - Paul Nicholas Vogt (Ruprecht-Karls-Universität Heidelberg), "Reading the 'Ritual Revolution': An Inscriptional Approach to the History of Western Zhou Ritual"
- Sun Yan (Gettysburg College), "Identity, Power and Material Culture of the Western Zhou: Case Study of the Peng Lineage in southern Shanxi"
- Wu Xiaolong (Hanover College), "A New View of Zhongshan Identity"
- Sheri A. Lullo (Union College), "Facing Status & Authority: Toiletries and Make Up in Warring States and Han (5th c. BCE - 3rd c CE) China"
- Robin D.S. Yates (McGill University), "Women and the Law in Early Imperial China in the Light of New Archaeological and Textual Discoveries"

AAS Graduate Student Reception


31. Convergence in Chinese Architecture
Chair: Nancy S. Steinhardt (University of Pennsylvania)
- Mimi Hall Yiengpruksawan (Yale University), "Kiyohira's Golden Tomb"
- Aurelia Campbell (Smith College), "The Square Hall with Enclosed Corridor as an Early Sino-Tibetan Architectural Type"
- Isabelle Charleux (National Centre for Scientific Research), "Inventing a Monastic Architecture in Mongolia"
- Nancy S. Steinhardt (University of Pennsylvania), "Mosque and Qubbah: Sino-Islamic Architectural Convergence in China Inventing a Monastic Architecture in Mongolia"
Discussant: Stephen Whiteman (CASVA, National Gallery of Art)

45. Beyond Unification: Material Culture, Mythology, and Maps in the History of Sixteenth-Century Japanese Warlords
- Morgan Pitelka (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill), "The Extinction and Excavation of the Asakura"
- Peter Shapinsky (University of Illinois, Springfield), "Cross-Cultural Cartography at the Court of Ôtomo Sôrin"

58. Conceptual and Practical Innovations in Chinese Art of the Republican Period
Chair: Michel Hockx (SOAS, University of London)
- Liying Sun (University of Heidelberg), "Portraits of One Hundred Naked Beauties: Artistic Innovation, Transculturality, and Popular Periodicals in 1920s China"
- Ka Ming Kevin Lam (Northwestern University), "Refiguring China: Figure Painting in Oil in Republican China, 1919 to 1937"
- Shaoqian Zhang (Oklahoma State University), "Turning Political: The Production and Adoption of New Visual Elements in Chinese Calendar Posters in the Early Twentieth Century"
- Tianshuang Liang (SOAS, University of London), "Repositioning the Lingnan School: Aesthetic Innovations on the Global Stage"
Discussant: Julia F. Andrews (Ohio State University)

65. Performative Dimensions of Buddhist Art and Architecture in East Asia
Chair: Wei-Cheng Lin (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill)
- Michelle C. Wang (Georgetown University), "Of Materiality and Somaticity: Textual Accounts of Early Chinese Buddhist Sculpture"
- Yui Suzuki (University of Maryland, College Park), "Prayers, Performance, and Possession: Warding off Evil in Medieval Japanese Birth Scenes"
- David Quinter (University of Alberta), "Enacting Identities: Chogen, Kujo Kanezane, and the Todaiji Great Buddha"
- Wei-Cheng Lin, "Performing Center: Multistoried Pagodas in China's Middle Period"
Discussant: Paul Copp (University of Chicago)

89. Craft and Crucible: Metal and Its Makers in Late Imperial China
Chair and discussant: Pamela O. Long (independent scholar)
- Pengliang Lu (Metropolitan Museum of Art), "Taste and Technology: The Transformation of Bronze Styles in the Mid-Ming"
- Jianjun Mei (Needham Research Institute), "Paktong: Its Production and Uses in Late Imperial China"
- Susan Naquin (Princeton University) "From Ore to Altars: Making Cast-Iron Objects for Chinese Temples"
- Bruce Rusk (University of British Columbia), "An Assay on Man: Assessing Silver in Late Imperial China"

96. Reflections on Historical & Archaelogical Records
- John Robert Shepherd (University of Virginia), "The Manchus and Footbinding: Assumptions under Scrutiny"
- Sooa Im (University of Kansas), "Documentary Paintings as Gifts/Souvenirs in Eighteenth-Century Chinese and Korean Courts"

100. From Way to Wa: Daoist Influences in Japanese Religious Culture
- Michael Como (Columbia University), "Daoist Deities in Ancient Japan: Household Deities, Jade Women, and Popular Religious Practice"

102. Photographic Encounters in Republican China and Colonial India: The Work of Zhuang Xueben Seen through a Transnational Lens, 1934-1945
Chair: Yajun Mo (Long Island University)
- Yajun Mo, "'Journey to the West': Internal Orientalism, Nation-Building, and the Photographic Frontier in Republican China"
- Amy Holmes-Tagchungdarpa (University of Toronto Scarborough), "Temples, Tribals and Sino-Indian Trade: Pan-Asian Nationalisms and the Everyday in Zhuang Xueben's Photographs of India"
- Gerald Roche (Uppsala University), "Ethnicity, Autonomy, and Creolization: Zhuang Xueben's Images of the Tu (Monguor) as Counter-Archive"
Discussant: Richard K. Kent (Franklin & Marshall College)

116. Media, Markets, and Modernities: The Role of Mass Media and Information in Early 20th-Century Japanese Art
Sponsored by Japan Art History Forum (JAHF)
Chair: Erin Schoneveld (Haverford College)
- Erin Schoneveld, Networks of Exchange: Shirakaba and Magazine Culture during the Taishô Period"
- Nozomi Naoi (Harvard University), "From Beauties to Disasters: The Popular and the Avant-Garde in Takehisa Yumeji's Illustrations"
- Chinghsin Wu (Tufts University), "The Avant-Garde Art and the Mass Media in 1920s and 1930s Japan"
- Asato Ikeda (Fordham University), "Art and Modernity in Wartime Japan"
Discussant: Gennifer Weisenfeld (Duke University)

117. Word and Image in Japanese Poetry
- Claire-Akiko Brisset (Universite Paris Diderot - Paris 7), "From Text to Painting and Vice-Versa in Minamoto no Toshiyori's Poetry"
- Tomoko Sakomura (Swarthmore College), "Words among Images: Direct Inscription of Waka Poetry on Folding Screens in Early Seventeenth-Century Japan"

124. Culturing Industry, Industrializing Everyday Life in Maoist China
- Christine Ho (Stanford University), "Designing Socialist Domesticity: Zhang Ding and the Leipzig Fairs, 1951-1954"

127. The Formation of an Integrated Culture Sphere in the Early 4th-Millennium BCE: Chinese Civilization Before China. Part 1: The Big Picture: Settlement, Civilization, and Social Structure
- Weilin Wang (Shaanxi Provincial Institute of Archaeology), "The Miaodigou Culture and the Question of the Emergence of Chinese Civilization: Presenting Yangguanzhai As a Case Study"
- Wei Zhang (Shaanxi Provincial Institute of Archaeology), "Settlement Patterns and Social Structures of the Wei River Valley during the Miaodigou Phase of the Yangshao Culture"
- Zhouyong Sun (Shaanxi Provincial Institute of Archaeology), "Northern China in 2000 BC As seen from the Shimao Site"
- Hua Zhong (Chinese Academy of Social Sciences), "Evidence of Agriculture at Yangguanzhai"

128. Breaking Open the Religious Realm: 21st-Century Developments in Chinese Religions
- D. J. Hatfield (Berklee College of Music), "Remediation and Innovation in Taiwanese Religious Sites: Lukang's Glass Temple"
- Wei-Ping Lin (National Taiwan University), "Why Build a Temple? The Materialization of New Community Ideals in the Demilitarized Islands between China and Taiwan"

136. Colorful Dreams: Japanese Pan-Asianism in Modern East-Asian Art
Chair and discussant: Sandy Kita (Chatham University)
- Kuo-Sheng Lai (National Palace Museum), "The Ideals of the East and the Course of Tôyôga in Twentieth Century Taiwan"
- Seojeong Shin (Northern Virginia Community College), "Intersection of Colonialism and Nationalism: A Visual Discourse of 'Local Color' in Modern Korean Ink Paintings"
- Jungsil Jenny Lee (University of Southern California), "The Colonial Body: Dreaming the Perfect Body in an Imperfect World"
- Suzie Kim (Northern Virginia Community College), "Colonial Modernity: The International Style in Korean Architecture 1930-1945"

145. ROUNDTABLE: Unbinding "Japanese Architecture"
Chair: Sean Harland McPherson (Bridgewater State University)
Discussants: Alice Y. Tseng (Boston University); Don H. Choi (California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo); Lynne Horiuchi (University of California, Berkeley); Sean Harland McPherson

146. Seeking Paradise: Utopic Visions in Japanese Popular Culture, Part II
- Hirofumi Katsuno (Doshisha University), "Chasing Paradise Lost: Formation of Ruinophilia in Post-Industrial Japan"

151. Alterities & Boundaries in Japanese & Korean History
- Chad Richard Diehl (Emmanuel College), "Ruins of Memory: Reconstruction, the Urakami Cathedral, and Atomic Memory in Nagasaki, 1945-1960"

162. The Formation of an Integrated Culture Sphere in the Early 4th-Millennium BCE: Chinese Civilization Before China. Part 2: Painted Pottery: Evidence of Contact, Expansion, and Shared Identities
Chair: Anke Marion Hein (Hebrew University of Jerusalem)
- Ling-yu Hung (Indiana University), "Expansion Processes of Yangshao Painted Pottery: A Methodological Proposal"
- Pengcheng Zhang (Shaanxi Provincial Institute of Archaeology), "The Transition from the Miaodigou Phase to the Late Yangshao Period As Reflected in Architecture and Ceramic Assemblages"
- Xinwei Li (Chinese Academy of Social Sciences), "Rethinking the 'Painted Pottery of China'"
- Anke Marion Hein and Wa Ye (University of California, Los Angeles), "Local Preconditions of Pottery Production around Yangguanzhai Now and Then: An Ethnoarchaeological Study on Clay Sources and Production Techniques in the Wei River Valley"
Discussant: Lothar von Falkenhausen (University of California, Los Angeles)

163. Dynamics of Political and Cultural Mobilizaton in China
- Rongbin Han (University of Georgia) and Yuan Yao (Nanjing University), " Contesting Heritage Conservation in China: The Critical Role of Cultural Elites"

Early Medieval China Group, 7:30 pm
Japan Art History Forum, 7:30 pm
Society for Ming Studies, 7:30 pm
Society for Song, Yuan & Conquest Dynasties Studies, 7:30 pm
Archives of Asian Art reception, 7:30 pm [from ACClist, 3/11/14]


168. Mobilities of Craft Since 1900: Economics, Politics, Aesthetics
Chair: Rebecca M. Brown (Johns Hopkins University)
- Aarti Kawlra (Nehru Memorial Museum and Library), "The Ideology of Craft and the Making of an Asian Modern Aesthetic"
- Seung Yeon Sang (Boston University), "The Japan Folk Crafts Museum in 1936: Marketing Crafts in the Museum"
- Jennifer Way (University of North Texas), "Crossroads of Vietnamese Craft, 1956-1961: Questions of Belonging"
- Nellie Chu (University of California, Santa Cruz) , "The Return of 'Craft' in the Age of Global Mass Production"
Discussant: Katherine Hacker (University of British Columbia)

170. ROUNDTABLE: Charting the Digital in Asian Studies: Promises, Realities, and the Future of Teaching and Research
Chair: Amanda Shuman (University of California, Santa Cruz)
Discussants: Alan Christy (University of California, Santa Cruz); Susan Fernsebner (University of Mary Washington); Maggie Greene (Montana State University); Nick Kapur (Harvard University); Hilde De Weerdt (Leiden University)

184. The Science of Standardizing Life in Meiji Japan
- Lisa Onaga (Nanyang Technological University), "Burn the Eggs! The End of Fertile Silkworm Egg Exports to Europe as a Way toward New Standard Sericultural Practices in Late 19th-century Japan"

184. Prewar Japan and Overseas Trade: Gold, Rice, Pearls, and Opium
- Martha Chaiklin (independent scholar), "Imitation Pearls in the Jazz Age"

219. The Matter of Money: Coins, Silk, Digital Money, and the Politics of Chinese Foreign Exchange (200 BCE-2014 CE)
- Helen Wang (British Museum), "Ways of Understanding Money in the Tang Dynasty"

221. A New and Useful Past: Framing Chinese History with Modern Tools
- Ori Sela (Tel Aviv University), "From Living Tradition to Objectified History: The Dialectics of Museumization"

225. Dynamics of Patronage in the Production of Tibetan Culture
Sponsored by Shelly and Donald Rubin Foundation
Chair: Alexander Gardner (Shelly and Donald Rubin Foundation)
- Carl Yamamoto (Towson University), "Shame, Praise, and Patronage: The Genre of Patron-Requested Self-Criticism in the Writings of Lama Zhang"
- Elena Pakhoutova (Rubin Museum of Art), "For One and/or for Many: Affluent and Common Patronage of Narrative Art in Tibet"
- Kabir Mansingh Heimsath (Lewis & Clark College), "Painting My Face: Contemporary Tibetan Art in the Making"
Discussant: Robert Linrothe (Northwestern University)

231. Shooting, Building, Dwelling: Urban Space and Contemporary Visual Culture in China
- Angela Becher (SOAS, University of London), "Between Lure and Repudiation: Mapping the Visual Discourse on Monumental Architecture in Contemporary Chinese Film and Art"
- Xavier Ortells-Nicolau (Autonomous University of Barcelona), "Roaming through Rubble: Aesthetic Experimentalism in Photographs of the Demolition Site"
- Lu Pan (University of Hong Kong), "Abandoned Negatives and Themeless Parks: Ways of Seeing Contemporary China in Two Photographic Projects"
- Benny Shaffer (Harvard University), "City Limits: Surrealist Impulses in Contemporary Independent Documentary and Video Art in China"
Discussant: Weihong Bao (University of California, Berkeley)

Arts of China Consortium, 1:00 pm

All are welcome to attend the Arts of China Consortium (ACC) meeting-in-conjunction at the Association for Asian Studies Annual Conference (AAS) in Philadelphia:

Saturday, 29 March, 1:00-2:30 PM
Philadelphia Marriott, Room 307.

Our meeting agenda will include brief reports on ACC business (officers, membership, the listserv, and ACC web site), followed by short presentations:
- Nixi Cura (Christie's Education London) on the Chinese Art Research Network, UK
- Monica Merlin (Tate Research Centre, Asia-Pacific), "Where are the women? Chinese art, research and new institutional trends"
- Katherine Tsiang (University of Chicago) on digital imaging resources developed by the Center for the Art of East Asia (the "Scrolling Paintings" and Xiangtangshan projects).

We invite you to bring your lunch and laptops (to browse the Chicago web pages; the iPad app might not be ready by this week) to what we hope will be a lively informal gathering. Attendance at this ACC meeting does not require AAS registration.

Looking forward to meeting colleagues old and new in Philly,

Society for Qing Studies, 1:00 pm
Society for the Study of Chinese Religions, 1:00 pm
Society for the Study of Japanese Religions, 1:00 pm

236. Tyranny of the Greek?: Borders, Paradigms, and the Lands in Between
Chair: Vimalin Rujivacharakul (University of Delaware)
- Susan L. Huntington (The Ohio State University), "The Origin of the Buddha Image and the Western Imagination"
- Elizabeth Lillehoj (DePaul University), "Japan in Asia and the World: Art"
- Vimalin Rujivacharakul, "Along the Buddha's Steps, Should We Find Alexander the Great or Darius III?"
- Peter Hewitt Christensen (Harvard University), "Orientalist Endeavors in the Late Ottoman Empire and the Disassembling of Hellenist Paradigms in Architectural History"

238. Signs from the Sky: Aerial Perspectives on Asia in Theory and Practice
- Sakura Christmas (Harvard University), "A Cartographic Way of Thinking: Imanishi Kinji, Aerial Photography, and Evolutionary Ecology in Inner Mongolia"

240. Ideas of Asia in the Museum
- Daisy Yiyou Wang (Peabody Essex Museum), "A Thousand Graces: Charles L. Freer and Collecting Chinese Buddhist Art in Early Twentieth-Century America"
- Patricia J. Graham (University of Kansas), "Celebrating Japan's National Spirit for Design and Craftsmanship: Early Acquisitions of Japanese Art at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art"
- Sonya S. Lee (University of Southern California), "Kucha Mural Fragments in the Smithsonian"
- Alexander Nagel (Smithsonian Institution), "The Power of the Story: Notes on Collecting and Displaying Ancient Artifacts in Middle Eastern Museums"
Discussant: Noelle Giuffrida (Case Western Reserve University)

257. The Past and Present of Digital Culture in China
- Margaret Hillenbrand (University of Oxford), "The Digital Afterlives of Historical Photographs in Contemporary China"

261. Rethinking Modern China through Clothing and Ritual
Chair: Angela Sheng (McMaster University)
- Guojun Wang (Yale University), "Sartorial Order in Kong Shangren's Drama and Ritual Practices"
- Yuhang Li (University of Wisconsin, Madison), "Politicking Time through Attire: Empress Dowager Cixi and Her Birthday Costume"
- Yinxing Mia Liu (Yale University), "The Clothes Make the Artists: A Look at Zhang Daqian and Lang Jingshan's Project of Self-Fashioning"
- Yan Li (Oakland University), "Dressing up Maoist China: Soviet Influence, Sartorial Change, and the Vision of Socialist Modernity"
Discussant: Peter James Carroll (Northwestern University)

SPECIAL EVENT: Highlighting Asian Archaeology at the AAS Annual Conference
Sponsored by the Henry Luce Foundation and the American Council of Learned Societies
Session Organizer: Helena Kolenda (Henry Luce Foundation)
Discussants: Michael Gilligan (Henry Luce Foundation); Pauline Yu (American Council of Learned Societies); Joyce C. White (University of Pennsylvania Museum); Thongchai Winichakul (University of Wisconsin, Madison)

283. Visualizing the Male Body in Japanese Arts, 1920s-1950s
Chair: Maki Kaneko (University of Kansas)
- Toshiharu Omuka (University of Tsukuba), "Male Bodies in Prewar Japanese Avant-Garde Art and Exhibition Spaces"
- Maki Kaneko, "Construction and Consumption of Yamashita Kiyoshi's 'Extraordinary' Body in Wartime Japan"
- Noriko Murai (Sophia University), "From Shishô to Kyoshô: How Teshigahara Sôfû Became a 'Modern Artist'"
- Namiko Kunimoto (Ohio State University), "Nakamura Hiroshi and Embodied Masculine Dynamism"
Discussant: Bert Winther-Tamaki (University of California, Irvine)

284. Letters in the Lotus: Rethinking Text and Image in Japanese Buddhist Art
Sponsored by Japan Art History Forum (JAHF)
Chair: Halle Elizabeth O'Neal (Vanderbilt University)
- Sherry Fowler (University of Kansas), "Open Containers: Text and Image Uncovered at Chôanji in Kyushu"
- D. Max Moerman (Barnard College, Columbia University), "Twice-Told Tales: Xuanzang's Travels and the Modalities of Visual Narrative"
- Halle Elizabeth O'Neal (Vanderbilt University), "A Bodily Engagement: Reading Textual Images"
- Sinead Vilbar (Cleveland Museum of Art), "Jimaki: The Illustrated Life and Acts of Hônen in 48 Scrolls"
Discussant: Melissa McCormick (Harvard University)

285. Responses to Famine in Tokugawa Japan
- Doreen Mueller (University of London), "Through the Eyes of the Observer: Narrating Famine in Image and Text in Late Tokugawa Japan"

291. Refugees: Imagery, Nomenclature, Politicization, and Mediation in Mid 20th-Century China, Taiwan, and Hong Kong
- Caroline Reeves (Fairbank Center, Harvard University), "Looking at Refugees: A Cross-Cultural Comparison of Photographic Representations of Refugees in Early and Mid 20th-Century China and Europe"

293. Forging a New Political Culture: Spaces of Intellectual Production in Republican China
- Lisa Claypool (University of Alberta), "Habitat Dioramas: Liu Kuiling's Animal Paintings in Republican-Era Tianjin"

297. Unstable Structures: Conception, Formation, and Reception of Song Art
Chair and discussant: Eugene Wang (Harvard University)
- Hui-Wen Lu (National Taiwan University), "Forgeries and the Pursuit of Antiquity during the Southern Song: The Case of Epitaph for My Nanny"
- Bo Liu (John Carroll University), "From Horse to Ox: Self-Identification of Scholar Officials in the Song Dynasty (960-1279)"
- Wen-chien Cheng (Royal Ontario Museum), "Visualizing the 'Peaceful Regime': Rhetoric of Farmers' Imagery in Song Painting"
- Amy C. Hwang (Princeton University), "'Wang Wei and Su Shi Have Nothing on Mou Yi': Reconsidering the Canon of Literati Painting"

Historical Society for Twentieth Century China, 7:30
Tibet Society Meeting, 7:30 pm
Society for Ming Studies reception, 8:30 pm
T'ang Studies Society reception, 9:00 pm


307. History, Power, and Identity: The Politics of Heritage Conservation in China and Japan
Chair: Lala Zuo (Swarthmore College)
- Lala Zuo, "Redefining the Past: Principles and Practice of Heritage Conservation during the Republican China"
- Tze M. Loo (University of Richmond), "Japan and the Preservation of World Cultural Heritage: The Nara Document on Authenticity"
- Jianwei Zhang (Peking University), "Conservation of Historic Villages in Contemporary Rural China: Gulian As a Case Study"
- Shulan Fu (Zhejiang University), "Machizukuri: A Community-Based Planning Approach to Urban Heritage Conservation in Japan"
Discussant: Randall F Mason (University of Pennsylvania)

316. Approaching Ancient Japan: New Methods and Sources for an Interdisciplinary Study of the Nara Period (710-784)
Chair: Bryan Lowe (Vanderbilt University)
- Ross Bender (independent scholar), "Political Theology in the Reign of Nara's Last Empress: Edicts and Memorials in the Shoku Nihongi"
- Joshua Frydman (Yale University), "Spell, Song, or Salutation? The Naniwazu Poem on Inscribed Objects"
- Cynthea Bogel (Kyushu University), "Upholding the Buddha with a Century of Study: The Pedestal of Yakushiji's Main Icon"
- Bryan Lowe (Vanderbilt University), "Networks of Practice: Early Japanese Buddhism through the Lens of the Shosoin Corpus"
Discussant: Samuel Morse (Amherst College)

319. Constructing Modern Sôtô Zen Institutional Identity: The Role of Temple Images, Rivalries, Crossovers
- Pamela Winfield (Elon University), "Embodying Sôtô Zen: Institutional Identity and Ideal Body Image at Eiheiji Temple"

324. Gender, Courtesans, and Self-Fashioning in Late Ming China
- Monica Merlin (Tate Research Centre), "Visual Strategies of Self-Fashioning in Paintings by the Late Ming Courtesan Ma Shouzhen (1548-1604)"

325. Reassessing State and Economy in Longue Durée China
- Joyman Lee (University of Missouri-St. Louis), "Building Rural Industries in China and the Role of Japan: The Case of the Zhili Industrial Crafts Bureau"

338. Strangeness in China and India
- Michele Matteini (Reed College), "Between Image and Relic: Pinted Bodhi Tree Leaves in Eighteenth-century China"

348. Cultural Representations of "Fukushima" in Literature, Popular Culture, and the Arts
- Marilyn Ivy (Columbia University), "Photography and Catastrophe: Enigmas of the Image after 3.11"

356. "Stories in Transit": Women's Lives in Inter-Textual and Inter-Cultural Spaces of Late Imperial China and Beyond
- Binbin Yang (University of Hong Kong), "Visualizing Exemplary Lives: Women's Self-Portraits in Eighteenth- and Nineteenth-Century China"

357. Giuseppe Castiglione and Qing Visual Narrative Revisited, 1730-1770
Chair and discussant: Richard Ellis Vinograd (Stanford University)
- William Ma (University of California, Berkeley), "Reading the Night Market at Yangcheng: European Artisans, Regional Art Market, Popular Pictures, and Experimentation at the Eighteenth-Century Qing Court"
- Yunru Chen (National Palace Museum), "Documenting Memories: The Rites of Sericulture, Giuseppe Castiglione, and the Qing Court Production of Ceremony Paintings"
- Ching-ling Wang (Max-Planck-Institut), "Reconsidering the Painting Machang Defeating the Enemy in Berlin Collection and Its Related Issues"
- Lianming Wang (University of Heidelberg), "Picturing the Feast of Sacred Heart: Missionary Artists and Their Impacts on Chinese Visual Experimentation outside the Qianlong Court"

359. Making Material Worlds: Texts on Things in Early Modern China
Chair: Stephen McDowall (University of Edinburgh)
- Sarah Kile (Brown University), "The World at Your Fingertips: Technology, Practice, and Narrative in Seventeenth-Century China"
- Chengsheng Sun (Chinese Academy of Sciences), "Techniques of Perception: Writings on Western Optical Devices in Ming-Qing China"
- Kaijun Chen (Columbia University), "Literati Crafted Anew: Handiwork and Literary Composition in Shen Fu's Six Records of a Life Adrift"
- Thomas Kelly (University of Chicago), "Naming Brands: The Commercial Inscription in Late Ming China"
Discussant: Sophie Volpp (University of California, Berkeley)

362. Spatial Study of Chinese Religions and Society
- Fenggang Yang (Purdue University), "Churches, Temples and Mosques in China: A Spatial Study of Religion in Social Context"

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"L'art des jardins au Japon, ou l'originalité d'une tradition [The art of gardens in Japan, or originality in a tradition]"

Antoine Gournay (Université Paris-Sorbonne)
Musée Cernuschi
Paris, France
2 April 2014

[from Cernuschi, 12/22/13]

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"A Timeless Collection"

Chen Shen (Royal Ontario Museum)
Asia Society
Hong Kong
9 April 2014

[from Asia Society, 3/15/14]

The Royal Ontario Museum (ROM) houses a substantial collection of Chinese jades from throughout the ages, including a renowned assemblage from Wu Dacheng, acquired in 1928/29 by Bishop William White. In 2012, ROM received a gift of a Neolithic Liangzhu period jade bi disc that had once been in Wu's collection but that had gone missing for more than a century before being reunited with the others in the collection at the ROM. Chen Shen will begin with a brief introduction to the ROM's jade collection and the early acquisition of Wu's jades. He will then trace the bi's history, beginning in the Tongzhi period, when it was in the collection of a wealthy Jiangnan family surnamed Gu. From there it passed to Wu, then to the president of the new Republic of China Yuan Shikai, before travelling to the US and then Canada, eventually entering the ROM collection. The bi's journey through the hands of these different collectors occurred during a turbulent time of social-cultural transformations, and understanding the history of the collection allows us to appreciate jades as more than just objects in a museum but rather as embodiments of the human spirit.

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Society of Architectural Historians 67th Annual Meeting

Austin, TX
9-13 April 2014

[from SAH, 3/15/14; papers relating to China and Japan listed below]

Architecture Re-performed: The Politics of Reconstruction
- Zhuge Jing (South East University, Nanjing), "What Is Reconstructed: A Pagoda or the Memory of a City?"
- Alice Tseng (Boston University), "Refracted Copies of the Imperial Audience Hall in East Asia"

New Reflections on Colonialism and Globalization
- Yingchun Li (University of Hong Kong), "Planning the Divided Suburbs in Shanghai, 1927–1937"

New Research: Classical through Baroque
- Bébio Amaro (University of Tokyo), "The Evolution of Christian Structures in Nagasaki, 1569–1620"

Architectural Histories of Maritime Asia
- Sujin Eom (University of California, Berkeley), "Chinatown Urbanism: Architecture, Migrancy, and Modernity in Asia"
- Matthew Mullane (Princeton University), "The World through a Roof: The Observational Hut in Nineteenth-Century Japan"

Other Postmodernisms: Alternative Genealogies of the Recent Past
- Max Hirsh (ETH Zurich), "GDR Deluxe: Postmodern Exchanges between East Germany and Japan"

Gardens and Visual Representation: West–East, 1400–1800
- Shuishan Yu (Northeastern University), "Zhuozheng-yuan: A Picturesque Garden or a Tourable Painting?"
- Stephen Whiteman (CASVA, National Gallery of Art), "Portrait, Map, Plan: Leng Mei’s View of the Rehe Traveling Palace"

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"Globalizing Architecture / Flows and Disruptions"

102nd Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture (ACSA) Annual Meeting
Florida International University
Miami Beach, FL
10-12 April 2014

[from ACSA, 3/16/14; panels/papers relating to China and Japan listed below]

The Architectural Derivative
- Mari Fujita (University of British Columbia) and Jason Anderson (University of British Columbia), "Building Urban Narrative: Themed New Towns in China"

Local Modernisms
- H. Koon Wee (University of Hong Kong), "An Asian Avant-garde: A Lexicon of Asian Modernity"

Chasing the City (2)
- Zhongjie Lin (University of North Carolina at Charlotte), "The Making of Chinese Eco-New Towns: Three Case Studies"

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Association of Art Historians 2014 Conference

Royal College of Art
London, UK
10-12 April 2014

[from AAH, 3/16/14; papers relating to China and Japan listed below]

- Mieke Bal (independent theorist, art writer, critic), "Anachronism for the Sake of History: The Performative Look," Thursday 10 April
- Grayson Perry (artist), "Chinese Whispers," RGS on Friday 11 April

Art History and Ecology
- Majella Munro (Tate Research Centre), "Can Art History Save the Planet? Discourses of Protest, Collaboration and Citizenship in Japanese Artistic Practices Post- Fukushima"

Censorship: Silencing the Artwork
- Louise Boyd (University of Glasgow), "Sex, Art, and Museums: On the Changing Institutional Censorship of Shunga"
- Alexey Ulko (British Council, Uzbekistan), "Post-Soviet and Post-colonial Forms of Art Censorship in Central Asia"

Colour Me Queer
- Jenny Lin (University of Oregon), "Non-Spaces of Cultural Collision: Queering Identity in Art in Global China"

Material Translations
- Luisa E Mengoni (Victoria and Albert Museum), "From Fields to Market Stalls: Material Translations of Ceramic Shards"
- Michelle H. Wang (University of California, Berkeley), "Woven Translations: Characters in Textiles from the Eastern Han Dynasty"

New World Systems? Reassessing the Transnational Traffic of Art
- Alice Ming Wai Jim (Concordia University), "Asian/Americas: Contemporary Art and the Hemispheric Transnational Diaspora"
- Jean Hui Ng (School of the Art Institute of Chicago), "The Art of Curation: Soft Power Dynamics and the Singapore Biennale 2013"

Performance as Critical Resistance: Curating Performance in Museums and Art Institutions Today
- Patricia Koening (Oxford University), "Rethinking Liveness in Beijing East Village: Performance and Its Photographic Documentation"

Screen Time / Screen Space – Cinema and/as Gallery Art
- Julian Ross (University of Leeds), "From Performance to Installation: Yamanaka Nobuo's River Series (1971-2)"

Sea Currents: The 19th-century Ocean World
- George Schwartz (Boston University), "'In Memory of Our Famous Cruise': Japanese Souvenir Textiles for American Sailors in the Context of Imperial Exchange"
- Tricia Cusack (independent scholar), "'Direct from the Tea Gardens to the Teapot': Britannia Takes Tea"

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"Silk on the Silk Road"

British Library
11 April 2014

[courtesy of S. Mullan, 3/20/14]

Over a century of archaeology on the eastern Silk Road has resulted in thousands of textile finds, preserved by the dry desert air. In their variety — of material, dyes, designs and weaves — they demonstrate the richness of cultural and technical exchanges among the peoples of the Silk Road. This afternoon of lectures by scholars, curators and conservators is intended for a general audience, and will introduce the Silk Road and the textiles collections held in London and worldwide. The lecture will be followed by a reception with drinks.

- Cordelia Rogerson, (British Library), Welcome
- Susan Whitfield (British Library), "Silk for Books and Buddhism: the British Library and British Museum Collections"
- Helen Persson (Victoria & Albert Museum), "Silk in Shoes and Clothing: V&A and British Museum Collections"
- Helen Wang (British Museum), "Silk as Money"
- Zhao Feng (National Silk Museum, China), "Silks from the Silk Road"

Book online at

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"A Symposium on the History of Art"

Frick Collection and
Institute of Fine Arts, New York University
New York, NY
25-26 April 2014

[from Frick, 3/15/14; papers relating to China and Japan listed below]

- Joyce Denney (Bard Graduate Center), "The Abduction of Helen (to China): A Seventeenth-Century Chinese Wall Hanging with a European Subject"
- Jeannie M. Kenmotsu (University of Pennsylvania), "The Treasures of the Sea: Color and Edo Print Culture"

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"JASA at the Forefront: Celebrating the Fortieth Anniversary of the Japanese Art Society of America"

Japan Society
New York, NY
17 May 2014

[from JASA, 10/24/13]

Morning Session- Susan L. Peters (JASA) and John T. Carpenter (Metropolitan Museum of Art), Welcoming remarks
- Melissa McCormick (Harvard University), "Phantom Genji"
- Eric C. Rath (University of Kansas), "Sex and Sea Bream: Food and Prostitution in Hishikawa Moronobu's A Visit to the Yoshiwara"
- Jennifer Perry (Metropolitan Museum of Art), "New Insights: Materials and Methods in Japanese Paintings Revealed through Scientific Analysis"

Afternoon Session
- Miwako Tezuka (Japan Society Gallery), Remarks
- Yukio Lippit ( Harvard University), "The Nachi Waterfall: A Reconsideration"
- Christine Guth (Royal College of Art), "Shagreen: The Japanese Aestheticization of a Global Commodity"
- Bert Winther-Tamaki (University of California, Irvine), "Transformations of the Aesthetics of Ink Painting by Other Media"

Conference is free to both JASA and Japan Society Members. Afterward there will be a reception for JASA members at a nearby restaurant. If you would like to attend, please contact Christy Laidlaw at or (917) 658-3955 to reserve a place.

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"Beyond Islands: Contemporary Taiwanese Art Forum"

University of Edinburgh
11-12 June 2014

[courtesy of K. McLoughlin, 10/24/13]

"Beyond Islands: Contemporary Taiwanese Art Forum" is consist of eight papers in three themed panels, 1) Writing History of Contemporary Taiwanese Art; and 2) Local Colour and Global Vision: Biennial and International Exhibition and 3) Art Policy and Development, followed by a roundtable discussion on challenges and prospects on policy development and art commissions of Asian art in Western institutions. Speakers include: Mr Chieh-jen Chen (Artist), Dr Simon Groom (National Gallery of Modern Art, Scotland), Prof Pao-Hsia Hsueh (Tainan National University of the Arts; Artist; Former Director of National Gallery, Taiwan), Dr Sook-Kyung Lee (Tate Research Centre: Asia-Pacific), Prof Su-Hsing Lin (Tainan National University of the Arts), Prof Shih-Ming Pai (National Taiwan Normal University), Prof An-Yi Pan (Cornell University), Dr Winny Teo (Courtauld Institute of Art), Prof Aida Yuen Wong (Brandeis University; CAA Reviews Editor-China), and Dr Chia-Ling Yang (University of Edinburgh).

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