Asian Art History in the
Thursday, April 27, 2006 - April 29, 2006
This Clark conference organized in association with the Asia Society, New York and convened by Vishakha N. Desai, provided a forum for discussion and debate among leaders of the field from Asia, Europe, and the United States.
Asian art is a field that has changed much since its beginnings early last century and which has been constantly shaped by a shifting world order. It is not often that historians, curators, and critics of Asian art get the chance to discuss their field, its historiography, its tensions, and its possible future directions. What do we mean by Asian art? How did its canons get formed? How is it manifest in museums, exhibitions and galleries? How might we understand it in relation to shifting geo-politics? How should we create new theoretical structures to suit the realities of the twenty-first century?
Frederick M. Asher, University of Minnesota; Melissa Chiu, Asia Society Museum; John Clark, University of Sydney, Australia; Lisa G. Corrin, Williams College Museum of Art; Vishakha N. Desai, Asia Society, NY; Oleg Grabar, Independent Scholar, US; Wu Hung, University of Chicago; Yukio Lippit, Harvard University; Saloni Mathur, University of California at Los Angeles; Kaja McGowan, Cornell University; Rana Mitter, University of Oxford; Alexandra Munroe, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum; Gao Shiming, China Academy of Art, China; Jerome Silbergeld, P.Y. and Kinmay W. Tang Center for East Asian Art, Princeton University; Kavita Singh, Jawaharlal Nehru University, India; Nancy S. Steinhardt, University of Pennsylvania; Akira Takagishi, Tokyo Institute of Technology, Japan; Gennifer Weisenfeld, Duke University; Partha Mitter, Independent Scholar, UK
In order of discussion
Opening Conversation: Is There an "Asian Art"?
Vishakha N. Desai speaks with Wu Hung and Oleg Grabar
Forming the Canons
Moderator: Maggie Bickford
The Shape of Indian Art History
The East Asian Architectural Canon
Changing Views of Change: The Song-Yuan Transition in Chinese Painting Histories
Verisimilitude and Its Discontents: The Zen Portrait in Early Japan
Ritual Cloth, Commercial Canvas, or "A Good Opportunity to Show a Nude": Undressing Balinese Painting in the Politics of Everyday
Kaja M. McGowan
Institutions, Aesthetics, Politics
Moderator: Scarlett Jang
Aesthetics, Modernity, and Trauma in Modern China
A Twentieth-Century Dream with a Twenty-First -Century Outlook: Yashiro Yukio, a Japanese Historian of Western Art, and His Conception of Institutions for the Study of East Asian Art.
Museology and the Post-Colony: The Case of India
Saloni Mathur and Kavita Singh
Realism: Depart from Post-Colonial Asia
New Histories, New Futures
Moderator: Julia Andrews
Histories of the Asian "New"
Asian Ideas in Modern American Art
The Chinese Diaspora: An Expanded Chinese Art History
Reinscribing Tradition in a Transnational Art Market
Conference Response and Discussion
Respondent: Partha Mitter
Chaired by Lisa Corrin
* This Clark Conference was generously sponsored by the Henry Luce Foundation, the W.L.S. Spencer Foundation, and the Asian Cultural Council.