Winnie Wong is a historian of modern and contemporary art and visual culture at UC Berkeley Department of Rhetoric, with a special interest in fakes, forgeries, frauds, copies, counterfeits, and other non-art challenges to authorship and originality. Wong will be in Sydney for her Sydney Asian Art Series Lecture, and during her stay will also be presenting an open lunchtime seminar. The seminar will take her essay ‘Lover of the Strange, Sympathizer of the Rude, Barbarianologist of the Farthest Peripheries‘ as a point of departure for considering the study of Chinese Art in a Eurocentric art historical paradigm.
ABOUT THE SEMINAR
From the term “art” to the term “painting,” the study of Chinese Art in a Eurocentric art historical paradigm is marked by absences and unequivalents. This renders the historian’s task of reconstructing the facticity of the past fairly difficult. What do we imagine in our hopes of finding the perfect missing document, or the perfect missing voice? What kind of narrative must we construct in order to write the Chineseness of Chinese art history?
ABOUT THE SPEAKER
Winnie Wong is a historian of modern and contemporary art and visual culture, with a special interest in fakes, forgeries, frauds, copies, counterfeits, and other non-art challenges to authorship and originality. Her research is based in the southern Chinese cities of Hong Kong, Guangzhou and Shenzhen, and her writing engages with Chinese and Western aesthetics, anthropology, intellectual property law, and popular culture. She is the author of Van Gogh on Demand: China and the Readymade (University of Chicago Press, 2014), which was awarded the Joseph Levenson Book Prize in 2015. Her articles have appeared in positions: asia critiques, the Journal of Visual Culture, Yishu: Journal of Contemporary Chinese Art, and she has written for Omagiu, Third Text Asia, and Artforum. Winnie was a Senior Fellow at Dartmouth College, and received her SMArchS and PhD in History, Theory and Criticism from MIT. She was elected a Junior Fellow of the Harvard Society of Fellows. She is currently associate professor of Rhetoric and History of Art at the University of California, Berkeley.
Thursday 26 April, 2018
Schaeffer Seminar Room (Room 210), RC Mills Building
The University of Sydney
Camperdown, NSW 2006
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