Ms. Eiren Shea: 10,000 Golden Robes: Fashion, Identity, and Power in Mongol Eurasia (c. 1206-1350)

141105 seminar sheaDate: 5 November 2014
Time: 5pm
Venue: Room 7.58 Run Run Shaw Tower

The Mongol period in Eurasia, while historically categorized as an era of great destruction, also witnessed a dynamic efflorescence of the arts and culture in China and Persia. In this presentation, I suggest ways of understanding of the aesthetics of the Mongol period through the study of official dress in the Yuan and Ilkhanid courts. Clothing played a key role in helping the Mongol elite fashion a specific identity as they established themselves as the rulers of the sedentary societies they had conquered…(Please click on the image to read more)

Dr. Kanta Kochhar-Lindgren: Ghosts, Water and the Marvelous in Pier Windows

141022 seminar KochharlindgrenDate: 22 October 2014
Time: 5pm
Venue: Room 7.58 Run Run Shaw Tower

This talk outlines the basic tenets of artistic, or practice-based, research and links those approaches to the work developing in Pier Windows, a five-day performance installation project at Kwun Tong Ferry Pier, October 29-Nov. 2. Pier Windows—as an artistic and social platform—focuses on how to generate participatory cultural heritage experiences through stories, texts, artifacts, performances, and site-specific works in order to broaden understanding of the specific historical impact of Chinese, American, and Indian cultural heritages on the contemporary identity of the Hong Kong…(Please click on the image to read more)

Dr. Stéphane Laurent: Culture, Style and Globalism: The Reception of Western Ornament in Asia

140417 seminar laurentDate: 17 April 2014
Time: 4:30pm
Venue: Room 7.58 Run Run Shaw Tower

Ornament has always been part of the history of art, whatever in fine arts, architecture or decorative arts. One of the founding fathers of the discipline, the Austrian curator and art historian Alois Riegl discussed the figure of the vine-scroll as the origin of forms in his famous essay Problem of Style, published in 1893. This lecture aims to present research I have conducted on the religious, symbolic and stylistic question of ornament… (Please click on the image to read more)

Dr. Roslyn Hammers: Converging Lines in Parallel Worlds: The Kangxi emperor’s Imperially Commissioned Pictures of Tilling and Weaving as a production of the Investigation of Things and Scientia

Hammers talk 2014

Date: 9 April 2014
Time: 5:00pm
Venue: Room 7.58 Run Run Shaw Tower 

The great Kangxi 康熙 emperor (r. 1661-1722) was the first Manchu to sit on the throne of a conquered China in the Qing dynasty (1644-1911). Due to internal fighting in southern China and in the Manchu imperial family, Kangxi’s initial hold on his realm was somewhat tenuous. After traveling to the south in 1689 to assert claims to territory, he was given a rendition of Pictures of Tilling and Weaving (Gengzhi Tu 耕織圖)… (Please click on the image to read more)

 

Dr. Yin Hwang: Victory Pictures in a Time of Defeat: Depicting War in the Print and Visual Culture of Late Qing China, 1884-1901

Yin Hwang HKU Poster copyDate: 5 March 2014
Time: 5pm
Venue: Room 7.58 Run Run Shaw Tower

This paper is a study of Chinese sheet prints depicting wars in the late Qing period. The survival of such works has been rare, as they were considered ephemera not worthy of preservation, and they are largely unstudied. Here, an analytical framework has been established by bringing together hitherto isolated bodies of material located in different institutions in several countries… (Please click on the image to read more)

Prof. Nick Pearce: From the Summer Palace 1860: Provenance and Politics

20131122_seminars_PearceDate: 22 November 2013
Time: 3:30pm
Venue: Room 7.58 Run Run Shaw Tower

The looting and destruction of parts of the Chinese Imperial Summer Palace complex by Anglo-French troops during the Second Opium War (1857-60), created a stir that has reverberated down the centuries. Today the incident remains a recurring issue of cultural patrimony for China and marks a particular low point in historical Sino-Franco-British relations. The sore is kept alive by the looted objects that were brought back by the French and British at the end of the campaign and which survive in public and private collections, some of which periodically appear for sale on the art market… (Please click on the image to read more)

Ms. Helen Langdon: The Baroque Sublime: Spectacle & Meraviglia

20131120_seminars_baroqueDate: 20 November 2013
Time: 5:00pm
Venue: Room 7.58 Run Run Shaw Tower

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