The Center for the Art of East Asia organizes an annual symposium to bring together audiencenew scholarship on East Asian art visual culture and to encourages new perspectives and inter-disciplinary communication and collaboration.


Reconstructing the Concept of Art In Japan

September 6-7, 2014

Cochrane-Woods Art Center Lecture Hall (Room 157), University of Chicago

5540 S Greenwood Ave., Chicago, IL 60637

How are the research, display, and collecting of Japanese art shaped by late nineteenth-century Western terms today? Is it possible to modify or jettison some of these and still be comprehensible in the global field of art history? How does Japanese art history establish distinctions between “Japan,” “Asia,” “the West,” “early modern,” “modern,” and “contemporary”? How do the legacies of Orientalism and Japonisme continue to shape perceptions of Japanese art today? Are the categories of “painting,” “sculpture,” “craft,” and so forth impeding other visions of the history of objects in East Asia?

This event is made possible by the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science; the Committee on Japanese Studies at the Center for East Asian Studies, University of Chicago; the Center for the Art of East Asia; and the Department of Art History, University of Chicago.

Conference Schedule

Conference Poster


Refiguring East Asian Religious Art: Buddhist Devotion and Funerary Practice
A conference organized by the Center for the Art of East Asia, the University of Chicago—Department of Art History, CWAC 157, 5540 South Greenwood Avenue, May 25-26, 2014


Past conferences

WORKSHOP–Impossible Purities: Modern East Asian Art and the Question of Artistic Medium
April 28, 2012

WORKSHOP–Six Dynasties Material Culture, Arts, Literature, and Ritual
May 26-27, 2012

The Screen in East Asia
May 6-8, 2011

10th-Century China and Beyond: Art and Visual Culture in a Multi-centered Age, Part 2
May 14-15, 2010

10th-Century China and Beyond: Art and Visual Culture in a Multi-centered Age, Part 1
May 29-30, 2009

International Conference on Ancient Tomb Art
Beijing, September 9-11, 2009

Looking at Asian Art: A Symposium in Memory of Prof. Harrie Vanderstappen
April 12-13, 2008

Reinventing the Past: Antiquarianism in East Asian Art and Visual Culture, Part 2
November 3-5, 2006

conference1Reinventing the Past: Antiquarianism in East Asian Art and Visual Culture, Part 1
May, 2006

Rethinking the Field of East Asian Art History
May, 2006

Art and Commerce: Circulating Cultures of East Asia
May, 2005

Looking Modern: East Asian Visual Culture from the Treaty Ports to World War II
April, 2004

From Prints to Photography
May, 2003

Between Han and Tang: Art and Archaeology of a Transformative Period (3rd-6th centuries)
Years: 1999-2001 (a collaborative project involving five academic and research institutions in the U.S. and China that held a series of three conferences and has resulted in the publication of three volumes of research papers)

Body and Face in Chinese Visual Culture
April, 1998

Living Icons in Five Traditions: Theories and Practices
January 1998

Ruins in Chinese Visual Culture
May, 1997

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