Graduate Student Symposium
March 3, 2012
Myths and Orthodoxies in East Asian Art and Art History

2011–2012 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

Myths and orthodoxies have given rise to compelling beliefs and canonical lineages in the arts and art histories of East Asia. The narratives of myths and orthodoxies uphold certain “truths” at the expense of others, to serve the needs of those who perpetuate them. But only certain histories become “orthdox,” and only particular stories take on the title of “myth.” The “myths” and “orthodoxies” of historiography exert a further force that shapes the history of art. How do these stories sustain their power, and when do they lose power? Who decides? Do visual materials create, communicate, and maintain myths and orthodoxies in certain ways that texts can never accomplish?

This program brings together graduate students of East Asian art history from across the U.S. and Europe to discuss such questions. The keynote speaker, Professor Donald F. McCallum of UCLA, sets the stage for a diverse program of topics that cover all areas of East Asia geographically and span a broad range of topics: from textual orthodoxies of calligraphic replication to conflicting orthodoxies of vision and rhetoric in Chinese painting, orthodoxies of iconographic Buddhist transmissions, mythologizing effects of secred Buddhist images, myths of the distant other, and political uses of the mythological past.


Contact Mike Hatch and Mimi Chusid ( with questions and concerns.

Symposium Program

Saturday, 3 March 2012
101 McCormick Hall

Registration and Coffee
8:30–9:30 a.m.

Morning Session

9:30 a.m.–12:45 p.m.


Miriam Chusid

Princeton University

Keynote Lecture:
Asuka Myths and Orthodoxies: Ikarugadera—Umayado no ōji— Hōryūji

Professor Donald McCallum

Department of Art History, UCLA

Charming Maiden or Churlish Demon: Representations of the Mountain Spirit in the Nine Songs

Anne Feng

Department of Art History, University of Chicago

How One Scroll of Paper Altered Ten Stone Drums: Xianyu Shu’s (1246–1302) Song of the Stone Drums (1301)

Ingrid Yeung

Department of the History of Art, Yale University

The Myth of the Orthodox and Individualist Schools in Qing Dynasty Landscape Painting

Michael Hatch

Department of Art & Archaeology, Princeton University

Discussant: Professor Donald F. McCallum
Moderator: Miriam Chusid, Princeton University

Afternoon Session

2:15–5:30 p.m.

From Myth to Orthodox Icon? The Medieval Chinese Reception of the Buddha Statue at the Mahābodhi Temple of Bodhgayā, India

Sun-ah Choi

Department of Art History, University of Chicago

The Power of Concealment: The Hidden Icon of Gohōzenshin at Miidera

Holly N. Rubalcava

Department of Art History, University of Wisconsin

The Backward Glance: Beautiful Women and Liminal Spaces in Seventeeth-Century Japan

Radu Leca

Department of the History of Art, School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London

Nativist Root Sought in the Hinterlands: Chen Danqing’s “Tibetan Series” (1980)

Yao Wu

Department of Art & Art History, Stanford University

To Fly When Others Run: Art, Politics, and the Myth of the Thousand-Mile-Horse in the North Korean Chollima Movement of 1957

Peter Sukonek

Department of the History of Art, Yale University

Discussion and Conclusion
Discussant: Professor Donald F. McCallum
Moderator: Michael Hatch, Princeton University