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Tang Center Symposia

Graduate Student Symposium in
East Asian Art
Saturday, 27 February 2010
101 McCormick Hall, Princeton University
Organized by the P.Y. and Kinmay W. Tang Center for East Asian Art
Historiography and art criticism have long been classification-conscious practices. Since the earliest art-historical writing in East Asia, historians and art critics alike created hierarchical systems for rating artists and ranking categories of art, privileging selected subject matters, genres of art, and means of expression. This has, in turn, helped to consolidate the place of the visual arts within a broad hierarchy of cultural pursuits. Artists, on the other hand, have had to negotiate their way through an ever-changing social landscape—be it social stratification of any type or the more narrowly defined market comprised of the state, religious institutions, private patrons, and fellow artists. This symposium aims to explore the implications of different forms of hierarchical thinking on artistic practice, past and present, and its historiographic legacy.

Keynote Speaker
Marsha Haufler, Professor of Art History, University of Kansas
Views from the Back of the Book: Monks, Women, and Foreigners

All are welcome to attend. Although registration is not required, we request that your register through our registration page.

Please direct inquiries to Andrea at or 609-258-1741.

Registration and coffee, 8:30–9:30 am
Jun Hu, Princeton University
Morning Session
Views from the Back of the Book: Monks, Women, and Foreigners
Keynote Speaker: Marsha Haufler, University of Kansas
Empowering Texts in Nara Japan (710–784): Karakuni no Hitonari and the Treatise on Myriad Things
Bryan Lowe, Princeton University
Demystifying the Misty Mountains: The Early Critical Reception of the Mi Landscape
Jeffrey Moser, Harvard University
The Painting of Orchids: How Courtesan Painters Used “Gardens” as Strategies to Move Up the Social Hierarchy in the Late Ming Dynasty
Sylvia Lee, The Chinese University of Hong Kong and Harvard-Yenching Institute
Afternoon Session
Court Painting and Hierarchies in Chinese Art History
Luk Yu-ping, University of Oxford
Resituating Chūan Shinkō in the History of Japanese Ink Painting
Aaron M. Rio,Columbia University
In the Shade of Summer Trees: Cultural Landscape and Imperial Identity at Bishu Shanzhuang
Stephen Whiteman, Stanford University and Dumbarton Oaks
History Painting and the Kazoku Class Rhetoric in Meiji Japan
Lee Jeehyun, University of Pennsylvania
Reflection on Social Space: Countryside and City in Nie Ou’s Painting
Yang Xiao, Northwestern University
Jun Hu, Princeton University