Symposium | Global Impact of Asian Aesthetics on American Art

Posted in conferences (to attend) by Editor on May 12, 2018

From the University of Delaware:

Global Impact of Asian Aesthetics on American Art and Material Culture
Winterthur, Wilmington, Delaware, 10–14 October 2018

Utagawa Yoshimori, An American Sailing Ship off Arai, 1872; polychrome woodblock print, ink and color on paper (New York: Metropolitan Museum of Art, 2007.49.243).

How do design ideas, patterns, and aesthetics travel across the globe, even when objects themselves do not?

The idea behind this project’s question grew out of a string of provocative inquiries that emerged following exhibitions and recent projects that our alumni and faculty members of the University of Delaware have worked on in the past 10 years (Collecting China [UD-Winterthur, DE], Asia in Amsterdam [PEM, MA], Made for the Americas [MFA Boston, MA], among others). While existing scholarship has recognized the global circulation of objects, artistic forms in the American field sometimes have less to do with the mobility of actual objects from Asia than with translations of Asian aesthetic influences that create new forms in new regions. This project therefore explores ideas about transcultural circulation beyond the concept of objects as commodities, by urging researchers to collaboratively study ideas and influences, across time and space, which have inspired, integrated, and re-generated new aesthetics in and beyond America.

‘Asia’ and ‘America’ are taken in this project as pointers to encourage a mapping of global and multi-directional flow of aesthetics and aesthetic translation, not merely an exchange between Asia and North America. Our long-term goal is to generate a multi-level investigation that comprehensively encompasses Asia, Europe, the Americas and other related world regions into the study of American art and material culture.

For details about the symposium, a graduate student workshop and presentation, and a living repository site for research data, please visit the website. All events are free and open to the public, but registration is required. Lodging is also available at discounted price for registered participants.

Roundtable Panelists
J. Ritchie Garrison (University of Delaware, Winterthur Program, Newark)
Michael Leja (University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia)
Partha Mitter (University of Sussex, emeritus, Oxford)
Alexandra Munroe (Guggenheim Museum, New York, New York City)
Nasser Rabbat (MIT, Cambridge)
Moderated by Vimalin Rujivacharakul (University of Delaware, Art History, Newark)

Speakers (by the order of team members’ last names)

Team 1
Glenn Adamson (New York & London)
Ming Tiampo (Carleton University, Ottawa)

Team 2
Jens Baumgarten (Universidade Federal de Sao Paulo, Brazil)
Dennis Carr (Museum of Fine Arts, Boston)

Team 3
Ned Cooke (Yale, New Haven)
Dorothy Ko (Barnard/Columbia, New York City)

Team 4
Karina Corrigan (Peabody Essex Museum, Salem)
Femke Diercks (Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam)

Team 5
Linda Eaton (Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library)
Giorgio Riello (University of Warwick, England)

Team 6
Lee Glazer (Freer|Sackler Galleries, Washington DC)
Stacey Pierson (School of Oriental and African Studies, England)

Team 7
Medill Harvey (American Wing, Metropolitan Museum, New York City)
Forrest McGill (Asian Art Museum, San Francisco)

Team 8
Liu Chang (Tsinghua University & Palace Museum, Beijing)
Greg Landrey (Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library, Winterthur)

Team 9
Darielle Mason (Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia)
Asma Naeem (National Portrail Gallery, Washington DC)

Team 10
Marco Musillo (Kunsthistorisches Institut in Florenz, Florence)
Catharine Dann Roeber (Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library, Winterthur)


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