Seminar in Chinese art

Previously taught by: Yeewan KOON
9 credits

The theme of this year’s seminar on Chinese art is “Challenging the Canon: Paintings 1500-1700.” It focuses on how we read and write about paintings from the mid-Ming to early Qing period. We will be investigating issues such as the discourse of hua (畫), constructions of identities, paintings as events, issues of desire and excess, the performance of images and landscapes as a cultural medium. Students will be trained how to conduct close readings of artworks and gain a solid foundation in art history methods. Designed to challenge traditional narratives about Chinese art, this course begins with the seemingly straightforward question of what is “Chinese painting.”

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