Graduate Student Symposium
February 27, 2010

2009–2010 Graduate Student Symposium in East Asian Art

9 30 am
5 30 pm
101 McCormick Hall
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.


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Symposium Program

Saturday, 27 February 2010
101 McCormick Hall
Princeton University

Registration and coffee
8:30–9:30 am


Jun Hu

Princeton University

Morning Session

Keynote Lecture:
Views from the Back of the Book: Monks, Women, and Foreigners

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