Performing the Modern: The Politics of Culture and the Arts in Early 20th-Century China
Friday-Sunday, February 19-21, 2010
Presented in conjunction with the exhibition Tracing the Past, Drawing the Future: Master Ink Painters in 20th-Century China
The exhibition's catalogue Tracing the Past, Drawing the Future: Master Ink Painters in Twentieth-Century China will be available to purchase at the symposium for $75.00.
Please note updated schedule and locations
Friday, February 19
7:45 pm, Welcoming Remarks and Evening Keynote Speech
- Welcoming Remarks: Gongkai Pan (President, China Central Academy of Fine Arts, Beijing)
- Keynote Speech: David Der-wei Wang (Professor, East Asian Languages and Civilizations, Harvard University)
"And History Took a Calligraphic Turn: Tai Jingnong and the Art of Writing"
Saturday, February 20
9:30 - 11:30 am, Panel I
Painting and Calligraphy
- Moderator: Julia Andrews (Professor of Art History, Ohio State University)
- Aida Yuen Wong (Associate Professor of Fine Arts, Brandeis University)
"Lessons from Pan Tianshou and the Limits of Realism"
- Eugene Wang (Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Professor of Asian Art, Harvard University)
"Flowers in the Mirror; Moon in Water: Reinventing the Medium around 1911"
- Tao Wang (Senior Lecturer in Chinese Archaeology, SOAS, University of London)
"Archaeology and Visuality: A New Reading of Huang Binhong's Painting"
11:30 am - 1 pm, Lunch Break
1 - 2:45 pm, Panel II
- Moderator: Kuiyi Shen (Professor of Art History, University of California San Diego)
- Qingli Wan (Founding Director and Chair Professor of Academy of Visual Arts, Hong Kong Baptist University)
"From the Three Perfections to the Four Perfections: From the 18th Century Ding Jing to the 20th Century Qi Baishi "
- Gongkai Pan (President, Central Academy of Fine Arts, Beijing)
"Self-Consciousness and Modernity in Twentieth-Century Chinese Ink Painting"
- Qianshen Bai (Associate Professor, Department of Art History, Boston University)
"Hiring Artists as Secretariats in the Late Qing Period: The Case of Wu Dacheng (1835 - 1902)"
2:45 - 3 pm, Coffee/Tea Break
3 - 5 pm, Panel III
Music and Drama
- Moderator: Jindong Cai (Gretchen B. Kimball Director of Orchestral Studies, Department of Music, Stanford University)
- Claire Conceison (Professor of Theater Studies, Duke University)
"Theatre as Cultural Import: The Art and Politics of Early Spoken Drama (Huaju) in China "
- Sheila Melvin (Writer and Journalist)
"Classical Music in Twentieth Century Chinese Society"
- Yi Chen (Cravens/Millsap/Missouri Distinguished Professor, University of Missouri-Kansas City Conservatory of Music and Dance)
"Traditional Cultural Influence on Contemporary Chinese Composers"
- Long Zhou (Research Professor of Composition, University of Missouri-Kansas City Conservatory of Music and Dance)
"Composing the Opera Madame White Snake in English"
8 pm, Paper and Poetry, Fire and Waves: An Evening with Stanford Symphony Orchestra
Jindong Cai, conductor
In collaboration with Stanford Pan-Asian Music Festival
Tickets: $10 general/$5 student
- Dohi Moon: Fragile Waves for Electronics and Orchestra
- Zhou Long: Song of Eight Unruly Tipsy Poets from Tang
- Chen Yi: Rhyme of Fire
- Tan Dun: Concerto for Paper and Orchestra
Sunday, February 21
10 am - noon, Panel IV
The Making of Modern Chinese Culture: Language, Literature, World View
- Moderator: Thomas Mullaney (Assistant Professor of History, Stanford University)
- Chaofen Sun (Professor of Chinese, East Asian Languages and Cultures, Stanford University)
"The Making of Standard Chinese"
- Ban Wang (William Haas Professor in Chinese Studies, East Asian Languages and Cultures, Stanford University) "Socialist Realism and the Emergent Chinese Revolution"
- Haiyan Lee (Assistant Professor East Asian Languages and Cultures, Stanford University)
"The Charisma of Power and Military Sublime in Tiananmen Square"
Noon - 1:30 pm, Lunch
1:30 - 3:30 pm, Panel V
East-West Encounters Across Film and Photography
- Moderator: Jean Ma (Assistant Professor of Film Studies, Stanford University)
- Weihong Bao (Assistant Professor of Film and Media Culture, Columbia University)
"Plastic Cinema, Flexible Media: Dan Duyu's Amateur Art of Beauty in 1920s China"
- William Schaefer (Assistant Professor Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures, University of California Berkeley)
- Frances Terpak (Curator of Photographs, Getty Research Institute)
"Brush to Shutter: Early Photography in China"
- Yingjin Zhang (Professor of Chinese Literature and Film, Comparative Literature, and Cultural Studies at University of California San Diego)
"From Shakespeare's Drama to Early Chinese Cinema: Authority and Authorship in Literary Translation and Film Adaptation"
3:30 - 3:50 pm, Coffee/Tea Break
3:50 - 5:00 pm, Panel VI
Roundtable Discussion: Modernity, Media, Historiography
- Moderator: Xiaoneng Yang (Patrick J. J. Maveety Curator of Asian Art, Cantor Arts Center, Stanford University)
- Richard Vinograd (Christensen Fund Professor of Asian Art, Stanford University)
"Alternative Historiographies for Modern Chinese Ink Painting: Beyond the Four Masters"
- Kuiyi Shen (Professor of Asian Art History, Theory, and Criticism, University of California San Diego)
"Ink Painting and Modern Media"
- Zaixin Hong (Professor of Art History, University of Puget Sound)
"From Nationalism to Modernism: The Case of Deng Shi and Huang Binhong in Early 20th-Century China"