Asian Illuminations Lecture Series

Canadian Society for Asian Arts and the Museum of Anthropology of University of British Columbia co-present this on-going lecture series by world’s leading Asian Art historians.

2010 Asian Illuminations Lecture: What is the ‘Chinese Motion’ in Chinese Motion Pictures? by Dr. Jerome Silbergeld
Museum of Anthropology, U.B.C.
April 10, 2010 Lecture: 7-8pm
8pm: Reception. Refreshments will be served

Prof Silbergeld’s talk is the keynote speech for the BC China Scholars’ Forum, organized by the Centre for Chinese Research, UBC

In this talk, Prof. Jerome Silbergeld will discuss the fact that Chinese cinema, like other traditional Chinese arts, is frequently presumed to have a distinguishing national character. But what is that character? Scholars have often compared Chinese film to painted handscrolls, and have occasionally suggested certain shared cinematic characteristics: slow pacing, shallow depth of field, and somber mood, among others. His lecture questions whether Chinese cinema can really be characterized in this way, and whether it truly has anything in common with the other Chinese visual arts.

Jerome Silbergeld is a professor of Chinese Art in the Art and Archaeology Department at Princeton University. His research includes traditional and modern Chinese painting, cinema, and gardens. Among his five book publications are Chinese Painting Style (1982); Contradictions: Artistic Life, the Socialist State, and the Chinese Painter Li Huasheng (1993); and China into Film: Frames of Reference in Contemporary Chinese Cinema (1999). He has also published more than thirty articles and entries and co-authored the Encyclopedia Britannica entry on Chinese art. Prof. Silbergeld’s visit and lecture are made possible by a generous donation by the Rosalie Stronck Family Foundation and the Canadian Society for Asian Arts.

2008 Asian Illuminations Lecture: “The Tale of Genji and the Making of Modern Japanese Femininity”
Dr. Joshua Mostow, Department of Asian Studies, UBC
October 19, 2008 at 2:00 pm
Royal Bank Cinema, Chan Centre for Performing Arts, UBC
Followed by a special reception with the speaker.

Dr. Mostow is an internationally acclaimed specialist of classical Japanese literature and visual culture, with a particular focus on the interplay of text and image in pre-modern Japan. His publications include translations and analyses of the Hyakunin Isshu poetry collection, and numerous articles on the reception of the 10th century classic Tales of Ise.

2007 Kashmir: “Art from a “Troubled” Paradise
Dr. Pratapaditya Pal
December 4 2007 at 7:00 pm
Museum of Anthropology, U.B.C.

Pashmina shawls may be the best-known products of Kashmir, but for more than 2000 years, generations of Kashmiris have created other forms of art as well. This lecture provides an overview of the interaction of the Hindus, Buddhists, and Muslims as reflected in the arts and architecture of this now “troubled” paradise.

Dr. Pratapaditya Pal is an authority on the arts of the Indian subcontinent and the Himalayas. He has authored over fifty books and numerous catalogues, and earned doctorates from the University of Calcutta and Cambridge University. Recently, he organized the first exhibition devoted to the arts of Kashmir, which was shown at the Asia Society, New York.

2007 Leading to Paradise: Buddhist Paintings of the Koryo Dynasty
Dr. Youngsook Pak
November 20, 2007
Museum of Anthropology, U.B.C.
A specialist in Korean art, Dr. Pak was a visiting Professor in History of Art and East Asian Studies at Yale University. Dr. Pak holds an appointment in the Department of Art & Archaeology, School of Oriental and African Studies atthe University of London.

2007 Patterns Cut in Stone: Kings and the Agency of Calligraphy in Ming China
Dr. Craig Clunas, Percival David Professor of Chinese and East Asian Art, School of Oriental and African Studies, London
March 27, 2007 7:00 pm
Museum of Anthropology, U.B.C.

2007 Of Border and Battle Lines: A Critique of Art Historical Perspectives on Cultural Geography, Race, Identities, and the Politics of Ownership
Dr. Boreth Ly, Rockefeller Resident Fellow, Simpson Centre for the Humanities, University of Washington, Seattle
Tuesday, February 27, 2007
Museum of Anthropology, U.B.C.


2006 Art of the Steppes
Dr. Hsingyuan Tsao
October 17, 2006 7:00 pm
Museum of Anthropology, U.B.C.
Hsingyuan Tsao holds a Ph.D. in Art History from Stanford University and is currently Assistant Professor of Art History, Visual Art, and Theory at UBC. Her area of special interest is the art of China’s Middle Period (10th-12th c.), the ruling period of the Liao and Song Dynasties. She is also interested in Chinese contemporary art and film.

2006 At the Centre of the Shogun’s Realm: The ‘Bridge of Japan’ and its Symbolic Meaning
Dr. Timon Screech
September 19, 2006 7:00 pm
Museum of Anthropology, U.B.C.
Timon Screech received his Ph.D in Art History from Harvard University in 1991, and has since been a reader at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London.He has published widely on many aspects of Edo period art and culture.