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)

Dr. Laura Lee: Contemporary Japanese Cinema: Media Ecologies and Superflat Aesthetics

Date: 3 April 2018
Time: 4:30 – 6:00 pm
Venue: Room 7.58, Run Run Shaw Tower

This talk analyzes the formal play within popular Japanese films beginning around 2000 to explore cinema’s shifting identity in relation to digital technologies and other visual forms of culture. It draws on Murakami Takashi’s notion of Superflat art to situate these stylistic features within both Japan’s contemporary visual environment and the global media landscape. In doing so, the presentation investigates how dynamic interconnections across visual forms have generated a new, highly sensorial mode of viewership marked by a directed engagement with the materiality of the onscreen image… (Please click on the image to read more)

Mr. Chun-Wa Chan: How to House a Foreign God?: On Scale, Medium, and Material Culture of Buddhism in Early Japan

Date: 26 March 2018
Time: 4:30 – 6:00 pm
Venue: Room 7.58, Run Run Shaw Tower

What roles did small-scale architectural shrines play in the establishment of Buddhism in early Japan and its material culture? This talk charts the production, circulation, and reception of such artifacts in the Japanese archipelago from the sixth to the seventh centuries, with specific focus on the Tamamushi Shrine. Despite its fame as a national treasure, the shrine’s formal and conceptual ingenuity is often occluded by iconographic analysis, which tends to limit the understanding of the shrine to specific motifs derived from a single medium or scripture… (Please click on the image to read more)

Dr. Ja Won Lee: Objects in Motion: Chinese Bronzes in Nineteenth-Century Korean Paintings

Date: 22 March 2018
Time: 4:30 – 6:00 pm
Venue: CPD 2.58, Centennial Campus

Yi Hyongnok (1808-after1863) and An Chungsik (1861-1919) developed the new genres of paintings that depicted a wide range of bronzes from ancient times to contemporary Qing China. This talk analyzes a trend in collecting Chinese bronzes in nineteenth-century Korea and their visualization in paintings to understand the aesthetic principles that were shaped and shared by collectors and artists. By examining possible pictorial sources, modified visual elements, and cultural transmission, it discusses how collectors perceived Chinese bronzes as symbols of culture in the course of cultural exchanges and how artists appropriated the motifs of Chinese bronzes in response to the aspiration of collectors… (Please click on the image to read more)


Dr. Elizabeth Lastra: Addressing Urban Audiences in Twelfth-Century Spain

Date: 19 March 2018
Time: 5:00 – 6:30 pm
Venue: Room 7.58 Run Run Shaw Tower

The twelfth century in Western Europe marks a period of significant social change and widespread urbanization. Through its exceptional visual record, the northern Spanish city of Carrión de los Condes illustrates a developing city’s navigation of diverse urban interests. This paper examines two Carrionese parish churches constructed across the course of the twelfth century, which actively participate in the contemporary social and spiritual upheaval and offer insight into a largely undocumented lay public… (Please click on the image to read more)

Dr. Jennifer Lyons: Animating the Virgin Mary in Representations of the Theophilus Legend

Date: 14 March 2018
Time: 4:30 – 6:00 pm
Venue: CPD 3.01, Centennial Campus

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Ms. Ivy Chan: Migration and the Collecting of Chinese Art in Hong Kong in the 20th Century

Date: 19 December 2017
Time: 4:30 – 6:00 pm
Venue: Room 4.36 Run Run Shaw Tower

In the mid-20th century, migrants from mainland China brought an influx of Chinese artworks, as well as their expertise on the subject, to the British colony of Hong Kong. Here mainland Chinese and local Hong Kong collectors encountered foreign connoisseurs (mostly from Britain, France, America and Japan) and built up significant collections of Chinese art under this multicultural environment. Through reconstructing the biographical accounts of four representative collectors who were active during the 1950s to 1990s – E. T. Chow (1910-1980), Low Chuck-Tiew (1911-1993), Dr Ip Yee (1919-1984) and  … (Please click on the image to read more)

Dr. Stacey Pierson: Dining, Diplomacy and Decoration: Chinese Porcelain in European Court Collections, 1500-1800

Date: 8 November 2017
Time: 6:00 – 8:00 pm
Venue: Room 4.34 Run Run Shaw Tower

In the sixteenth to eighteenth centuries, European courts were an important location for the consumption and distribution of Chinese porcelain. Collections such as those in Dresden, the Netherlands and at Versailles are well known but what has not been explored before is the significant impact Chinese porcelain had on political, economic and cultural life in the courts of Europe for several hundred years. Chinese porcelains were consumed by courts from an early date and were acquired actively through gifts, exchange and trade, becoming a notable addition to European regal material culture… (Please click on the image to read more)

Prof. Greg Thomas: Craftsmanship and Display in France’s Chinese Museum

Date: 31 October 2017
Time: 4:30 – 6:00 pm
Venue: Room 7.58 Run Run Shaw Tower

Empress Eugénie created the Chinese Museum in the palace of Fontainebleau to display Chinese art objects looted by French officers at the palace of Yuanming Yuan in 1860. This talk analyzes the museum display to see how it evaluated and interpreted the Chinese religious and material culture contained in the museum’s collection. By focusing on the museum’s décor, it shows in particular how French craftsmen created ornament and framing devices that paid homage to Chinese craftsmanship while conveying parallels between French and Chinese imperial cultures.