: Conversation on Technology, Art and Narrative

Date: 30 October 2019
Time: 5:00pm
Venue: CC Lounge, MB150, Main Building, HKU

CAO Shu mainly works in new media art in Hangzhou. His artworks focus predominantly in the mediums of animation and installation. More recently, CAO Shu works on the relationship between digital existence and memory, multi-view narrative in space, and viewing in CG rendering technology… (Please click on the image to read more)

: Prof. Joan Kee: Models of Integrity: Art and Law in Post-Sixties America

Date: 5 June 2019
Time: 12:30pm
Venue: A723, 7/F, Cheng Yu Tung Tower

Registration: online (go to Seminars & Conferences)

Models of Integrity examines the relationship between contemporary art and the law through the lens of integrity. In the 1960s, artists began to engage conspicuously with legal ideas, rituals, and documents. The law—a primary institution subject to intense moral and political scrutiny—was a widely recognized source of authority to audiences inside the art world and out… (Please click on the image to read more)

: Dr. Peter J. Cobb: Digital Humanities? Exploring Technology’s Roles in Studying the Past

Date: 3 April 2019
Time: 5pm
Venue:  Room 4.34, Run Run Shaw Tower

A recent trend finds humanities programs explicitly promoting engagement with emergent digital technologies. Yet definitions of the term ‘Digital Humanities’ and agreement on the motivations for its use remain very much open to discussion. This talk explores the concept through examples from the study of the human past, particularly within archaeological research on material culture…. (please click on the image to read more)

: Dr. Isabelle Frank: The Lamentation of Christ and the Melodramatic Imagination

Date: 27 March 2019 (Wednesday)
Time: 4:30pm
Venue:  Room 4.34, Run Run Shaw Tower

Melodrama, as famously defined by Peter Brooks, was a new secular genre that emerged after the French Revolution to fill the void left by the demise of religion and its moral framework. Melodrama’s originality lay in its creating a highly rhetorical, emotional presentation which moved the viewer to identify with the ‘good’ and to shun evil. Melodrama assumed the role previously held by religious in imparting clear moral lessons…. (please click on the image to read more)

: Prof. Erika Doss: Troubling Memorials: Disgraced Monuments and Problematic Public Art in America

Date: 13 March 2019
Time: 4:30 pm
Venue: Room 4.36, Run Run Shaw Tower

From the toppling of a statue of King George III in New York in 1776 to the recent removal (or relocation) of statues and monuments that pay homage to the Confederacy, the United States has had a long history of “reckoning” with memorials, monuments, and other forms of public art that citizens deem oppressive, shameful, hateful, or simply “out of sync” with current values and ideals.  This lecture traces how, why, and when Americans target public art, and the dilemmas of dissent and historical accountability in public culture. (Please click on the image for more information)

This event is cosponsored by the American Studies Programme, SMLC, Society of Fellows in the Humanities and the Department of Fine Arts

: Dr. Monica Lee Steinberg: The Legal Medium: An Aesthetics of Uncivil Obedience

Date: 24 January 2019 (Thursday)
Time: 4:30-6:00pm
Venue:  Room 4.34, Run Run Shaw Tower

Language: English

This talk examines the intersection of art and law (boardly conceived). Scholars and artists have long been interested in socially engaged artworks, and particularly attentive to those projects involving a violation of rules to motivate reform (civil disobedience); but, what of the opposite approach? What of radical adherence? Here, Dr Steinberg considers an aesthetics of uncivil obedience–a looking-glass version of civil disobedience……(please click on the image to read more)

: Dr. Katherine Tsiang: Digital Imaging Projects at the University of Chicago: Methodologies and Perspectives for Recording, Curating, and Display

Date: 21 January 2019
Time: 7:00 pm
Venue: Room 4.34, Run Run Shaw Tower

Digital technology has made possible major innovations in the use of digital images for teaching and research. The talk introduces the imaging technologies that the CAEA at the UChicago has used and invented for interactive viewing of paintings and sculptures from Chinese Buddhist cave sites that make them more fully and widely accessible than in the past. Join us at the coming public lecture by Professor Katherine Tsiang, Associate Director of Center for the Art of East Asia of UChicago, to learn more about these. (Please click on the image for more information)

: Prof. Peng Feng: Paths to the Real: Process of Contemporary Art in China

Date: 3 October 2018 (Wednesday)
Time: 7:00pm
Venue:  Room 4.34, Run Run Shaw Tower

Language: English

Co-organized by the School of Chinese and the Department of Fine Arts, School of Humanities.

Does contemporary art have history? According to Arthur Danto and Hans Belting, the answer should be no. “Contemporary art manifests an awareness of a history of art but no longer carries it forward.”…(please click on the image to read more)

: Dr. Constantine Petridis: Anonymous Has a Name: African Master Carvers

Date: 20 September 2018
Time: 6:30 pm
Venue: Room 4.34 Run Run Shaw Tower

When visiting an African art exhibition in Europe or the United States, works are generally ascribed to an unknown or unidentified artist or, more commonly, to a culture or people. The alleged anonymity of so-called traditional African artists is largely the result of the limited interest on the part of the mostly non-African collectors of the objects that today populate museums and collections around the world. Some earlier studies notwithstanding, interest in African artists and their training did unfortunately not start until the 1950s and ’60s, and information about sculptors, their biography, and their methods remains very limited…  (Please click on the image to read more)

: Prof. Jonathan Fineberg: Rauschenberg’s Radical Openness [Rescheduled]

Date: 19 September 2018
Time: 6:00 pm – 8:00pm
Venue: Room 4.34 Run Run Shaw Tower

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Professor Jonathan Fineberg is giving a talk in response to the coming exhibition, Robert Rauschenberg: Vydocks (19 Sept.-2 Nov.) held at PACE, Hong Kong, which features a series of large-scale works of acrylic paint, silkscreened images of Rauschenberg’s own photographs and graphite on white aluminum completed in 1995. (Please click on the image for more information)