The Fine Arts Department at the Second China Middle Period Humanities: 800-1400 conference at Leiden University, September, 2017

The Department of Fine Arts had a strong presence at the “Second China Middle Period Humanities: 800-1400” international conference that was held at Leiden University, 14-17, September 2017. This conference brought together approximately 150 scholars who conduct research on the humanities of China during the ninth to fourteenth centuries. This prestigious conference first convened at Harvard University in 2014 and will gather for its third iteration in Singapore in 2020. The Department sent four scholars to Leiden to discuss research:

Current Ph.D. postgraduate Candy Ge Yau Leung discussed her research in the paper “Constructing a new pantheon of Confucian worthies: Portraits of four Yuan scholars,” from her 2016 M. Phil. thesis entitled “Representing the Literatus: Portraiture and identity in Yuan Figure Painting,” University of Hong Kong;

Lecturer Dr. Ruby Pui Yi Leung delivered the paper “Representing Universal Principle: Bamboo painting in Yuan-dynasty China (1271-1368)” which is based on research from her Ph.D. thesis “Bamboo in Principle: Ke Jiusi’s (1290-1349) Paintings and Knowledge in the Yuan Dynasty (1271-1368)” completed in 2016, University of Hong Kong;

Current Ph.D. postgraduate Konstance Chun Tung Li presented on “The Khan’s New Robes: Marking the Mongol Imperium’s Presence in the Yonglegong Chaoyuantu Mural Painting,” material from his M. Phil thesis, “Envisioning Authority: The Mongol Imperium and the Yonglegong Mural Paintings and Architecture” of 2012, University of Hong Kong; and

Associate Professor, Roslyn Lee Hammers introduced her research in progress in a paper entitled “Nature manipulated: Artifice and hybridity in the Song-painting Calico Cat under Peonies.

In addition to discussing and debating their own research findings, members of the Department of Fine Arts enjoyed attending other sessions to hear and reflecting on the current state of research on the humanities of Middle-period China. They also managed to fit in a few excursions to see other museums in the environs of Leiden and were particularly taken by the exhibition, “The Great Liao: Khitan Relics from Inner Mongolia, China” at the Drents Museum in Assen, Netherlands.

More information about the conference and the Liao exhibition are available at these websites, Second Conference on Middle Period Chinese Humanities and the Drents Museum.

 

A History of Modern Art in 73 lectures by David Clarke

solubleshark A History of Modern Art in 73 Lectures by David Clarke is now available online at Prof Clarke’s personal YouTube Channel solubleshark!

It is a series of lectures originally given to students of FINE2028 Vision and Crisis (2015-2016), FINE2029 Modernity and Discontents (2015-2016), and FINE2030 Towards the Global (2016-2017) at the University of Hong Kong. With David’s retirement, it is hoped that these edited sound recordings may help share his knowledge with a wider public, and continue to inspire individuals.

Prof Clarke’s words on this lecture series
Click here.

Recap on the retirement party
Click here for the video highlight and here for photos.

Asian Art Essay Competition 2016-2017

This is a call for entries for the annual University of Hong Kong Museum Society Asian Art Essay Prize. A prize of HK$2,000 will be offered to the winner. Please click on the image for details.

Deadlines:
30 June 2017
(Final year students)
18 September 2017
(Other students)

Previous winning essays are available here.

Asian Art Essay Prize 2015-2016

Congratulations go to Park Sae Him as the winner of the 2015-16 Asian Art Essay Prize sponsored by the University of Hong Kong Museum Society. Park’s essay is entitled “Building the National identity: The Study of Japanese Government-General Building (1926-1995).” (read) Congratulations go to Zheng Shiyu as well for awarding an honorable mention for her essay “Archaism and the Search for the Self: An Interpretation of Wang Hui’s (1632-1717) Landscape.” (read) The Department of Fine Arts would like to thank all students who put in extra effort to submit revised essays for the University of Hong Kong Museum Society Asian art essay prize competition. While we can only choose one winner each year, we appreciate the enthusiasm and accomplishments generated by all the applicants.

Artstation’s Soundscape: finding future’s way

When and where was your last encounter of honeybees?

In the recently opened exhibition, finding future’s way, the University Artists Anne Hayes and Glenn Davidson weave together the sound of local honeybees and the urban Hong Kong vibe. The artists collaborate with the Department of Fine Arts, the Department of Mechanical Engineering, the Department of Architecture, and the School of Biological Sciences to present phenomena that would have been invisible to the naked eye. Go and find out what they are!

Its opening attracted a high spirited crowd. Here is a glimpse of the event:

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Exhibition Period: 10 November – 16 December, 2016
Venue: Ground Floor Gallery, Run Run Shaw Tower, Centennial Campus, HKU
Opening hours: 09:00 – 18:00 (Monday to Friday, closed on university and public holidays)

Career Opportunities: Tenure-Track Assistant Professor, Art historian specializing in Chinese material culture

Tenure-Track Assistant Professor, Art historian specializing in Chinese material culture

(Ref.: 201601337)

The Department of Fine Arts, HKU, invites applications for a tenure-track appointment as Assistant Professor in Chinese art history, with a specialty in pre-20th-century Chinese material culture. The appointment will commence on September 1, 2017, initially on a three-year fixed-term basis, with the possibility of renewal and with consideration for tenure before the expiry of a second three-year fixed-term contract.

The Department of Fine Arts has one of the best art history programs in Asia, with a particular focus on Western and Asian art, and with special strength in intercultural study. There are on average 35 undergraduate majors per year, plus a few M.Phil. and Ph.D. students. All instruction is in English. At present there are six full-time staff in the Department, and this post is one of two new positions being created as part of the Department’s expansion.

The appointee should have a Ph.D. degree before taking up the appointment. He/She will maintain a high level of research and publication, and will teach courses concerning Chinese material culture and in other areas that extend and complement our existing curriculum.  Teaching load is three or four courses per year, with excellent library resources and funding for research and travel. For inquiries, please contact the Department Chair, c/o finearts@hku.hk, tel. +852-39177040.

A globally competitive remuneration package commensurate with the appointee’s qualifications and experience will be offered, as well as annual leave and medical benefits.  The Assistant Professor salary range is currently HK$645,900 – $998,280 per annum (roughly US$82,808 – $127,985 at current exchange rates). At current rates, salaries tax does not exceed 15% of gross income.  The appointment will attract a contract-end gratuity and University contribution to a retirement benefits scheme, totaling up to 15% of basic salary.  Housing benefits will be provided as applicable.

Applicants should submit the following materials to AP1337@hku.hk: a completed application form (341/1111); a cover letter detailing research plans and teaching abilities; an up-to-date C.V.; a writing sample; and three confidential letters of recommendation sent by your recommenders.  Applications should be submitted by January 2, 2017 (including all recommendation letters by January 13, 2017). Further particulars can be obtained at http://jobs.hku.hk.

The University thanks applicants for their interest, but advises that only candidates shortlisted for interviews will be notified of the application result.

The University is an equal opportunities employer and is committed to equality, ethics, inclusivity, diversity and transparency

Career Opportunities: Tenure-Track Assistant Professor, Contemporary art history

Tenure-Track Assistant Professor, Contemporary art history

(Ref.: 201601330)

The Department of Fine Arts, HKU, invites applications for a tenure-track appointment as Assistant Professor in contemporary art history. The appointment will commence on September 1, 2017, initially on a three-year fixed-term basis, with the possibility of renewal and with consideration for tenure before the expiry of a second three-year fixed-term contract.

The Department of Fine Arts has one of the best art history programs in Asia, with a particular focus on Western and Asian art, and with special strength in intercultural study. There are on average 35 undergraduate majors per year, plus a few M.Phil. and Ph.D. students. All instruction is in English. At present there are six full-time staff in the Department, and this post is one of two new positions being created as part of the Department’s expansion.

The appointee should have a Ph.D. degree before taking up the appointment. He/She will maintain a high level of research and publication, and will teach courses concerning contemporary art history and in other areas that extend and complement our existing curriculum. An ability to offer courses that give prominence to contemporary Asian art and which make use of the possibilities of Hong Kong as a contemporary art centre would be considered an advantage. Teaching load is three or four courses per year, with excellent library resources and funding for research and travel. For inquiries, please contact the Department Chair, c/o finearts@hku.hk, tel. +852-39177040.

A globally competitive remuneration package commensurate with the appointee’s qualifications and experience will be offered, as well as annual leave and medical benefits.  The Assistant Professor salary range is currently HK$645,900 – $998,280 per annum (roughly US$82,808 – $127,985 at current exchange rates). At current rates, salaries tax does not exceed 15% of gross income.  The appointment will attract a contract-end gratuity and University contribution to a retirement benefits scheme, totaling up to 15% of basic salary.  Housing benefits will be provided as applicable.

Applicants should submit the following materials to AP1330@hku.hk: a completed application form (341/1111); a cover letter detailing research plans and teaching abilities; an up-to-date C.V.; a writing sample; and three confidential letters of recommendation sent by your recommenders.  Applications should be submitted by January 2, 2017 (including all recommendation letters by January 13, 2017). Further particulars can be obtained at http://jobs.hku.hk.

The University thanks applicants for their interest, but advises that only candidates shortlisted for interviews will be notified of the application result.

The University is an equal opportunities employer and is committed to equality, ethics, inclusivity, diversity and transparency

Prof. Clarke’s Photographs at UMAG

20160906 news clarke interruptions Interruptions: with photographs by David Clarke and essays by Xu Xi at the University Museum and Art Gallery (UMAG) will open next week! All current and former students are welcome to its opening at 6pm on Tuesday 13 September.

“The spine of this current project is a series of interlocking images and texts that began with a single photograph selected from David Clarke’s archive. Xu Xi then wrote an essay triggered by—but not necessarily in response to—the photograph, which led to David’s choice of a second work. The 12 images and essays construct a fascinating palimpsest of memoir and artistic expression. By “interrupting” each other’s lives with a piece of art from a dueling medium, the artists were compelled to reevaluate their own histories and creative output. What is ultimately created is a form of linked poem or renga, though without the strict stanzaic limitation of that particular form…” Click here for the full official announcement (a Chinese version included).

Details of the Exhibition

Period: September 14 (Wednesday) to October 16, 2016 (Sunday)

Venue: 1/F, Fung Ping Shan Building, UMAG, 90 Bonham Road, Pokfulam

Opening Hours: 09:30 – 18:00 (Monday to Saturday); 13:00 – 18:00 (Sunday); closed on University and Public Holidays

Admission: Free

Exhibition brouchure

Fine Arts Students at Art Basel 2016

As part of the Hong Kong Art Workshop, this year ran by Michelle Wong of Asia Art Archive (AAA) and Dr. Koon, in March, the students took part in AAA’s Open Platform Booth at Art Basel and talk to some of the experts and players who attend the fair.

The conversations used a speed-dating formula as a way for students to get to the point quickly and to enable a range of experts to participate. The theme of their discussion was on how non-profit organisations can shape public discourses about art at a time when attention is increasingly focused on the for-profit art market.

Guests were invited from eight organisations, including the Tate Public Programmes in the UK, the global Delfina Foundation, Casco Office of Art, Design and Theory in the Netherlands, and locally, Para/Site, 100ft Park, Robert HN Ho Family Foundation, Hong Kong Museum of Art, the artist Marysia Lewandowska and AAA. They each sat in the hot seat for 10 minutes.

The students quizzed the Director of the Hong Kong Museum of Art, Eve Tam, on the difference between Hong Kong art and art from China. Marko Daniel of Tate was asked how art can be used to bring together people from different walks of life. Para/Site, 100ft Park and AAA were asked about the impact of politics on their organisations. Many other topics were covered too, such as the boundaries between profit and non-profit, how curators select artists, and how location affects a gallery’s impact. As one student responded: “It was a new way of learning and every single one of us was involved.”

 

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Asian Art Essay Competition 2015-2016

Asian Art Essay Prize 15-16This is a call for entries for the annual University of Hong Kong Museum Society Asian Art Essay Prize. A prize of HK$2,000 will be offered to the winner. Please click on the image for details.

Deadlines:
30 June 2016
(Final year students)
1 September 2016
(Other students)

Previous winning essays are available here.