Symposia & Conferences
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Chinese Object Study Workshops
Sophisticated visual analysis is a hallmark of art history and depends on skills acquired through the direct study of objects. These skills must be taught and practiced. Yet as graduate art history curricula have expanded to include training in methodology, historiography, and theory, training in object study has all but disappeared. The problem is exacerbated for students of Chinese art history, whose graduate curricula must also include language courses and related subjects such as religion, literature, and history.
Chinese Object Study Workshopsis a program that provides graduate students in Chinese art history an immersive experience in the study of objects. The week-long workshops will help students develop the skills necessary for working with objects, introduce them to conservation issues not readily encountered in typical graduate art history curricula, and familiarize them with important American museum collections.
Whistler and Kiyochika: Modernity, Melancholy, and the Nocturne
Wednesday, May 14, 8–9:30 pm
Whistler Object Study Workshop
June 9–12, 2014
Medical and Modern Yoga
January 11, 2014
Yoga and Visual Culture: An Interdisciplinary Symposium
November 21–23, 2013
The Legacy of Cyrus the Great: Iran and Beyond
Saturday, April 27, 2013
Crossroads of Culture: The Archaeology of Saudi Arabia
Saturday, November 17, 2012
The Art of Itō Jakuchū
Friday, March 30, 2012
Imperial Exposure: Early Photography and Royal Portraits across Asia
December 5–6, 2011
Palaces of Art: Whistler and the Art Worlds of Aestheticism
October 27–28, 2011
Art and Material Culture of the Northern Qi Period
June 3–5, 2011
Piety, Poetry, and Politics: Sufi Muslims in South Asia
April 28–30, 2011
Historians Of Islamic Art Association (HIAA) Second Biennial Symposium: "Objects, Collections, And Cultures"
Thursday, October 21–Saturday, October 23, 2010
October 28–29, 2010