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
Cubberley Auditorium
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
Dinkelspiel Auditorium

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
Artist Perspectives

  • 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
Dinkelspiel Auditorium
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
Dinkelspiel Auditorium

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)
    "Montage Landscapes"
  • 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"

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