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12:00 pm | 4/29/2022 | 308A Doe Library | Until 1:30 pm | 4/29/2022

Marci Kwon, Assistant Professor of Art History, Stanford University

This lecture considers Martin Wong’s pictures of San Francisco Chinatown alongside the rich legacy of Asian American artists working in post-earthquake San Francisco Chinatown. For Wong and others, the neighborhood’s orientalizing architecture staged questions about the role of aesthetics and material culture in the construction of race, community, and cultural authenticity.  Ultimately, this lecture asks: What does it feel like to live within someone else’s fantasy?

Marci Kwon is Assistant Professor of Art History at Stanford University, and co-director of the Cantor Art Center’s Asian American Art Initiative. At Stanford, she is a faculty affiliate of Modern Thought and Literature, the Center for Comparative Studies in Race and Ethnicity, Asian American Studies, American Studies, and Feminist and Gender Studies. She is the author of Enchantments: Joseph Cornell and American Modernism (Princeton, 2021), and her work has appeared in Third Text, Modernism/Modernity Print +, Panorama: Journal of the Association of Historians of American Art, and edited volumes on social art history, self-taught art, race and representation, and the early history of the Museum of Modern ... [show more]

12:10 pm | 4/26/2022 | Live on Zoom | Until 2:00 pm | 4/26/2022

Stephen Whiteman, Courtauld Institute of Art, University of London

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In the webinar, we will discuss Dr. Whiteman’s Editorial in the June, 2021, issue of The Art Bulletin: “Beyond the Perspective Paradigm: Early Modern Pictorial Space and Digital Challenges to the Field.” Broadening an existing approach to generating three-dimensional reconstructions of the spaces depicted in pictures organized according to the rules of early modern European perspectival projection, Whiteman investigates the problems and possibilities of the approach with respect to early modern Chinese, Japanese, and Indian visual cultures, focusing on their “strategic and highly sophisticated” incorporation of linear perspective techniques as “selectively integrated into locally legible compositions, genres, and techniques.” He presents a detailed study of a monumental hanging scroll produced in the Qing court around1709 by the artist Leng Mei. Beginning with an examination of Leng Mei’s diverse amalgam of local perspectival techniques, which he and other court painters adapted from those taught by Jesuit missionaries to China, Whiteman introduces several digital approaches aimed at understanding the artist’s methods. His essay concludes with... [show more]

5:00 pm | 4/25/2022 | In-Person and Zoom Event: 308A Doe Memorial Library | Until 6:30 pm | 4/25/2022

David Gissen, Georgina Kleege, and Carmen Papalia

ASL Interpretation and CART Captioning Services will be provided for this event.
David Gissen is a writer, designer, and educator who works in the fields of architecture, landscape, and urban design. David is the author of the forthcoming book, The Architecture of Disability (University of Minnesota Press); Subnature: Architectureʼs Other Environments (2009); and Manhattan Atmospheres (2014). David’s design work has been exhibited at the Venice Biennale, the Canadian Centre for Architecture, Montreal and the Center for Architecture, New York. David has held academic appointments as the Eero Saarinen Visiting Professor of Architecture at Yale University and University Professor at the Institute for Art and Architecture, Academy of Fine Arts, Vienna, Austria. He is currently Professor of Architecture and Urban History at the Parsons School of Design and the New School University in New York City.
Georgina Kleege teaches creative writing and disability studies at the University of California, Berkeley. Her books include Sight Unseen and Blind Rage: Letters to Helen Keller. Kleege’s most recent book, More than Meets the Eye: What Blindness Br... [show more]

11:00 am | 4/23/2022 | San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Phyllis Wattis Theater, Floor 1 | Until 4:30 pm | 4/23/2022

Keynote Speaker: Kenneth Tam

The concept of the non-finito, or unfinished artwork, has been a crucial concept in art history and visual culture since the 16th century. The sculptures lining the Hall of the Prisoners in the Galleria dell’Accademia in Florence — works left unfinished by Michelangelo at the time of his death — stand as exemplary cases of artworks that have remained perpetually in progress. Unfinished or partially completed artworks retain a critical purchase within and outside of the Western canon, and central to the understanding of the non-finito are questions of intent. This discrepancy between works of art deliberately left incomplete and those that must remain unfinished due to social, political, and aesthetic circumstances is among the many salient questions for art historians, curators, artists, and viewers today — questions that challenge ideas about temporality, labor and value, and techniques of appreciation and assessment.

Work in Progress, the Sixth Annual Berkeley-Stanford Symposium, takes on these questions across a range of disciplines, styles, periods, and geographies to draw connections between the unmade, unfinished, and the yet-to-be uncovered. Our Keynote Speaker... [show more]

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