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Art, Where East Meets West at Seton Hall  

China Its Marvel and Mystery

The third in a series of linked international workshops and symposia, "Beyond Chinoiserie: Artistic Exchanges between China and the West during the late Qing Dynasty (c1795-1911)," will be held at Seton Hall University on Oct. 30-31. The location of the symposium could not be more apt, as Seton Hall, in China, is called "Xi-Dong," which means East-West.

The workshop-symposium at Seton Hall will bring together some of the world's leading experts on the history of artistic relations between China and the West to investigate what happened to these relations in the nineteenth century when the political relationship between China and the West soured, leaving artistic contacts no longer situated at the courts, but instead left largely to international commerce and middle-class culture.

China Its Marvel and Mystery #2Ultimately, in the context of China and the Western world, the international series of symposia has looked at the formation of one culture's perception of the other as shaped by its art - reciprocally.

An earlier symposium in the series at Peking University, Beijing, was sponsored by the J Paul Getty Foundation through a grant to Seton Hall professor of art history and director of graduate studies in Museum Professions, Petra Chu and Ding Ning, Dean of the School of the Arts at Peking University. A collection of essays resulting from that symposium, " Qing Encounters: Artistic Exchanges between China and the West," was published by Getty Publications in 2015.

Another symposium in the series, "The Other Orient," was a program of research events hosted by the Sydney Intellectual Research Network, and featured "The Other Orient Reading Group," a "Dialogue between East and West Roundtable," and public lectures by Professor Chu at the University of Sydney and the National Gallery of Victoria. The event was sponsored by the University of Sydney through an International Research Collaborative Award to Drs. Chu and Jennifer Milam (University of Sydney).

The workshop-symposium to be held at Seton Hall in October will be produced under the auspices of the American Council of Learned Societies, with funding from the Chiang Ching-kuo Foundation for International Scholarly Exchange, the Confucius Society of Rutgers University and the Seton Hall Center of Excellence. The event is organized in collaboration with the Newark Museum and is co-sponsored by the University of Sydney and Seton Hall; its steering committee is comprised of Petra Chu, Yachen Ma (National Tsing Hua University) and Jennifer Milam.

In addition to Seton Hall faculty and the steering committee, the workshop-symposium will feature presentations and discussion from preeminent scholars from the Royal College of Art, London; Columbia University; NYU; the Massachusetts Institute of Technology; College of the Holy Cross; University of California, Irvine; University of California, Berkeley; University of Missouri; Southern Illinois University; Hunter College; Temple; Montclair State; Rutgers; the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Newark Museum.

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Categories: Arts and Culture

For more information, please contact:

  • Michael Ricciardelli
  • (973) 378-9845
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