Symposium | Cross Media Porcelain

Posted in conferences (to attend) by Editor on March 5, 2016

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Two Vases, China, Qing Dynasty (1644–1911)
Porzellansammlung, Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden

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From the Institut für Kunstgeschichte Ostasiens:

Cross Media Porcelain
Ruprecht-Karls-Universität Heidelberg, 31 March — 1 April 2016

Organized by Sarah Fraser and Cora Würmell

The Institute for East Asian Art History of Ruprecht-Karls-University Heidelberg would like to invite you to attend the symposium Cross Media Porcelain, which considers the migration of themes and motifs across media—woodblock prints, paintings, porcelains and ultimately early photographs—during the 17th, 18th, and19th centuries. The 17th-century transitional period in porcelain production when official kilns in Jingdezhen were shut during the Ming-Qing transition is our starting point. Participants discuss the expansion of narratives on porcelain surfaces and the emerging dominance of the female form, especially in vessels exported or made for export. Several symposium papers explore the emergence of chinoiserie and its imbededness in objects created in trans-cultural exchange between Europe and Asia.

Cross-Media-Porcelain is organised by the Institute of East Asian Art History, Heidelberg University in cooperation with the Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden (SKD) and is generously funded by Field of Focus 3 Initiative ‘Cultural Dynamics in Globalised Worlds’. Due to limited seating, informal registration is necessary; please email Cecilia C. Zi, cecilia.zi@zo.uni-heidelberg.de.

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T H U R S D A Y ,  3 1  M A R C H  2 0 1 6

9:00  Welcome and Introduction
• Sarah E. Fraser, The Emergence of Narrative and the (Female) Figure in Chinese Porcelain

9:30  Chinoiserie
• Adina Badescu, Between China and Europe: Watercolors in the Kupferstichkabinett Dresden, An Approach to Chinoiserie
• Cecilia C. Zi, Who Created Chinoiserie? Cross-media Motifs at the Saxony Court
• Aina Gu, A Case Study of the Chinese Image

10:30  Coffee Break

11:00  Women on Display
• Qiuzi Guo, The Male Gaze: Female Representation in Photography and Porcelain
• Yizhou Wang, Representation of Female Bodies and Narratives on Three-dimensional Dresden Porcelain Surfaces
• Ruoming Wu, Female Representations: Studies of Iconography on Chinese Porcelain in the SKD Collection

12:30  Lunch Break

13:30  Afternoon Presentation
• Anita Xiaoming Wang, Images of Women in Chinese Woodblock Prints in the 18th Century

14:15  Coffee Break

14:30  The World in Saxony
• Jan Hüsgen, ‘Sweetness and Power’: Porcelain and Colonial Consumption in Saxony
• Agnes Matthias, Exploring the Photographic Archive: Ethnography and Depicting the ‘Other’

15:30  Motifs and Visualization
• Lucie Olivova, Three Boys at Play
• Wenzhuo Qiu, ‘Sweeping the Elephant’: A Trans-media Example between Woodblock Prints and Porcelain
• Renyue He, Landscape on Porcelain: The ‘Orchid Pavilion Gathering’

F R I D A Y ,  1  A P R I L  2 0 1 6

9:15  Morning Presentation: Dresden Collection
• Cora Würmell, Forgotten Treasures: The Dresden Inventories of the 18th Century

10:00  Global Porcelain
• Karolin Randhahn, Porcelain with Lacquer Application in the Dresden Inventories
• Lianming Wang, ‘European’ Cityscape on Chinese Plates
• Wenting Wu, Roundel, Panel, Lotus Petal: Elements of Byzantine Interior Design Appropriated in Ceramic Decoration, China and the Islamic World

11:30  Coffee Break

11:50  Porcelain in Transformation
• Xiaobing Fan, Transcultural Media: The Transformation of Motifs on Chinese Export Porcelain
• Muyu Zhou, Guangcai Porcelain and the Global Trade
• Feng He, Gazing at Earthly Paradise: Private Theater, Garden, and Female Representation on Early Qing Narrative Porcelain

13:00  Lunch Break

14:00  Afternoon Presentation
• Stacey Pierson, Export or Exported? Primary and Secondary Transfer in 17th- and early 18th-Century Chinese Porcelain

15:00  Final Discussion


Eve Straussman-Pflanzer to Head European Art at the DIA

Posted in museums by Editor on March 5, 2016

Press release (2 March 2016) from the DIA:


Eve Straussman-Pflanzer © E. Rothstein.

The Detroit Institute of Arts (DIA) has hired Eve Straussman-Pflanzer as head of the European art department and Elizabeth and Allan Shelden curator of European paintings. Straussman-Pflanzer comes to the DIA from Wellesley College, where she is assistant director of curatorial affairs and senior curator of collections at Wellesley’s Davis Museum. She begins at the DIA on May 2, 2016.

“Eve brings exceptional connoisseurship, scholarship and administrative skills to our curatorial team,” said Salvador Salort-Pons, DIA director. “Her leadership, community engagement and highly collaborative abilities will bring our prestigious European art department and collection to the next level of accomplishment and accessibility. Eve’s expertise includes southern Baroque art and women artists and patrons. Her interest in gender studies will provide a fresh perspective to learning more about our world-class collection, acquiring new works and creating innovative exhibitions in conjunction with our Learning and Interpretation department.”

Straussman-Pflanzer previously held positions at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York and the Art Institute of Chicago (AIC), where she researched and published on European painting and sculpture from the Renaissance to the 18th century. At the AIC, she curated the exhibition Violence and Virtue: Artemisia Gentileschi’s ‘Judith Slaying Holofernes’ as well as installations on Ludovico Carracci and Picasso’s relationship to Spanish Golden Age painting. She contributed to the exhibition catalogues Kings, Queens and Courtiers: Art in Early Renaissance France and Capturing the Sublime: Five Centuries of Italian Drawing. Straussman-Pflanzer also taught courses on early modern art at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and the University of Chicago.

At the Davis Museum, Straussman-Pflanzer led the curatorial team and organized special exhibitions, including Figment of the Past: Venetian Works on Paper, Hanging with the Old Masters, and Warhol@Wellesley. She also shepherded the reinstallation of the permanent collection and is curating the first monographic exhibition in America on the Florentine 17th-century painter Carlo Dolci to open at the Davis on February 8, 2017 with a second venue at the Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University in Durham, North Carolina, later that year.

Straussman-Pflanzer earned her BA from Smith College and her MA and PhD from the Institute of Fine Arts, New York University. Her dissertation focused on the art patronage of Grand Duchess Vittoria della Rovere, an illustrious member of the Medici family. Eve is a native New Yorker, an avid walker and an aficionado of all things edible.

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