Apr 27 2010

CAEA 2010

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Tenth-Century China and Beyond:

Art and Visual Culture in a Multi-Centered Age

Part 2

May 14-15, 2010

The Franke Institute for the Humanities

1100 East 57th Street, Chicago, Illinois 60637

The tenth century is a highly significant period in Chinese and East Asian art history that has been seriously understudied. The extended period of political upheaval at the end of the great Tang dynasty led to the dissolution of the empire and reshaping of China in the context of East Asian cultures. The period from 907-960, known as the Five Dynasties Period and Ten Kingdoms, named for the succession of five short-lived dynasties (Later Liang, Later Tang, Later Jin, Later Han and Later Zhou) that ruled in the North, and the division of the South into local regimes. After the reunification of China under the Song, historians constructed a largely negative account of the “dark age” of the period of disintegration into order to promote  and legitimize the new centralized government. This evaluation has dominated later Chinese historiography, such that artistic and cultural innovations of the tenth century have not been recognized or adequately studied.

Such an assessment is challenged by important artistic innovations. Although a period of disunion it was a period of dynamic change and trans-regional interaction. For these reasons, the Center for the Art of East Asia at the University of Chicago has planned a two-year conference program focusing on tenth-century art and visual culture in East Asia. In painting, this was a pivotal moment that saw the formation of regional centers of pictorial art, the establishment of the official painting academy, and the emergence of major subject categories and stylistic trends. In ceramic production, Chinese potters made improvements in the technology of high-fired, translucent porcelain and other wares which became widely admired and exported across Asia as far as the Near East. In a major development in the application of printing technology, the first printed version of the Classics was made around 940. In religious art, numerous Buddhist and Taoist cave-temples were constructed at Dunhuang in the northwest and in Sichuan in the southwest. Similar ambition and energy is also found in funerary art, as demonstrated by a string of new discoveries of large tombs both within and beyond the Great Wall that drew on Tang funerary traditions and made innovative changes.

Friday, May 14

Opening Remarks: Wu Hung (University of Chicago)            9:00 am

Panel 1:  East Asian Connections 9:15-12:00

Chair, Paul Copp (University of Chicago)

Mimi Hall Yiengpruksawan (Yale University), Carving the Liao Way: A New Direction in Japanese Buddhist Statuary at the Turn of the Eleventh Century

François Louis (Bard Graduate Center), Nomadic Style in Tenth-Century China

Yang Lu (University of Kansas), A Civilized Warlord in Early Tenth Century Hebei: The Tomb of Wang Chuzhi and Its Cultural Significance

Panel 2:  Rethinking Chinese Painting History        1:30-5:00 pm

Chair, Katherine Tsiang (University of Chicago)

Jonathan Hay (Institute of Fine Arts, NYU), On the Art-historical Narrativization of Tenth-Century Chinese Painting

Foong Ping (University of Chicago), A Political History of Reconstituting Institutions for Painting in the Early Song Dynasty

Heping Liu (Wellesley College), Snow, Snowscape, and Some Tenth-Century Sources for the Making of Landscape of Exile

De-nin D. Lee (Bowdoin College), Women and Culture in Motion in Tenth Century Chinese Art

Saturday, May 15

Panel 3:  New Development in Art and Visual Culture       9:15-12:30 pm

Chair, Chelsea Foxwell (University of Chicago)

Samuel C. Morse (Amherst College), From Temple Workshop to Urban Atelier: Buddhist Sculpture in Japan in the Tenth Century

Jeehee Hong (Dartmouth College), Refashioning the Faces of the Earth: Transformation of a Shensha Figurine in Tenth-Century Mortuary Space

Hui-Wen Lu (National Taiwan University), Wild Cursive Calligraphy, Poetry, and Chan Monks in Tenth-Century China

Jenny So (Chinese University, Hong Kong), Five Dynasties-Liao-Song: Dynastic-ethnic-regional Identities in Jades of the Tenth Century

Special Session            2:00-2:45 pm

James Cahill (Professor Emeritus, University of California, Berkeley), Renderings of Space in Some Tenth-Century Chinese Paintings.  Video presentation

Brief Summary by Wu Hung and Roundtable Discussion    3:00-5:00 pm

This symposium is made possible with the generous support of the China and Japan Committees of the Center for East Asian Studies and the Franke Institute for the Humanities.
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