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[Lecture] The Call of the Wild: The World of Spiritual Mountains

OCT . 18 2021
Wu Hung

TANG Xiaofeng, Professor of College of Urban and Environmental Sciences, Peking University
JIA Yan, Assistant Professor of School of Arts, Peking University
ZHANG Hanmo, Professor of School of Chinese Classics, Renmin University of China


06:30  Oct 18, 2021 (GMT-5)
19:30  Oct 18, 2021 (GMT+8)  

Online: http://live.bilibili.com/23678679

Available archaeological and art historical evidence shows that complex pictorial representations of the natural world emerged in the second half of the Eastern Zhou. This lecture examines such images and interprets them in two broad contexts. The first is the invention and rapid development of "pictorial objects" in Eastern Zhou art, and the second is people's growing interest in "spiritual mountains" populated by hybrid creatures and strange spirits. Both factors stimulated representations of such imaginary places in contemporaneous art and literature.


Wu Hung is Director of the Center for the Art of East Asia, and Consulting Curator of the Smart Museum of Art at the University of Chicago. He is an elected member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the American Philosophical Society, and sits on the boards and advisory committees of many research institutes and museums in the United States and China. He has been a member of IHSS Academic Committee since 2016.

Wu Hung has published widely on both traditional and contemporary Chinese art. His interest in both traditional and modern/contemporary Chinese art has led him to experiment with different ways to integrate these conventionally separate phases into new kinds of art historical narrative. Several of his ongoing projects follow this direction to explore the interrelationship between art medium, pictorial image, and architectural space, the dialectical relationship between absence and presence in Chinese art and visual culture, and the relationship between art discourse and practice.

Edited by: Ng Joong Hwee, Amanda Hu
Designer: Chin Xiao Yun Pauline
Source: Institute of Humanities and Social Sciences, Peking University