Welcome to the internet home for our exciting upcoming symposium, Chinese Opera in Visual and Material Culture, part of Envisioning China, a festival of arts and culture at the University of Chicago, and co-sponsored by The Adelyn Russell Bogert Fund of the Franke Institute for the Humanities.

Panel 1 “Envisioning Opera” April 11, 11:15-12:45
Chair: Judith Zeitlin (University of Chicago)

Andrea Goldman (UCLA) Title: “A Visual and Material History of the Thirteen
Stars of Peking Opera”

Jonathan Hay (Fine Arts Institute, NYU) Title: “Theatrical Themes in Shanghai
School Painting”

Panel 2 “Theatricality and the Art of the Qing Court” April 11, 2:00-3:30
Chair: Wu Hung (University of Chicago)

Mei Mei Rado (Bard Graduate Center) Title: “Raising the Curtain:
Drapery and Theatricality in Eighteenth-Century Qing Court Arts”

Shang Wei (Columbia University) Title: “The Story of the Stone and the Visual Tricks in the Art of the Manchu Court, 1723-1796″

Panel 3 “Boundaries to the Stage” April 11, 3:45-5:15
Chair: Paola Zamperini (Northwestern University)

Yuhang Li (University of Wisconsin – Madison) “Backstage as Spectacle”

Sarah Kile (Brown University) “False Bound Feet and Fake Paintings: Minor
Props in Late Imperial Opera”

Panel 4 “Theatricality and Things” April 12, 10:00-11:30
Chair: Craig Clunas (Oxford University)

Sophie Volpp (University of California – Berkeley)”The Substance of the
Stage in The Story of the Stone

Dorothy Ko (Barnard College) “Theatrical Inkstones in the Early Qing”

Panel 5 “The Lives of Opera in Modern China” April 12, 1:00-2:30
Chair: Paola Iovene (University of Chicago)

David Rolston (University of Michigan) “Comparing Paintings of Peking Opera Characters from the Nineteenth-Century Qing Court and Selections of Characters from Beijing Opera (1999)”

Catherine Yeh (Boston University) “Dancing Pictures: “Mei Lanfang’s ‘The
Goddess Spreads Flowers’ and the Inherent Ambiguity of Modernism”