In the Spring of 1938, an Indian dancer, Ram Gopal, posed in a variety of fantastical costumes for the American photographer, Carl Van Vechten, in New York City. Professor Ajay Sinha’s lecture will discuss the resulting series of 100 remarkable, large-size photographs, to build an illustrated story of mutual fascination and transcultural exchanges triggered by the camera placed between the dancer and the photographer during the photoshoot.
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? Register for this lunchtime seminar; Tales, Fables, and Anecdotes: Narrating Anonymity in Chinese Art with Professor Winnie Wong
We often think of artists and artworks as having stable identities, yet the historical reality of art is far messier, and far more exciting, as objects, artists, and ideas moved across national and cultural boundaries, created between and from multiple cultures. This year’s Sydney Asian Art Series explores examples of such movement and multiplicity from across Asia and the world.