Receptions, Transformations and Innovations: Transcultural Discourses in Korean Art


Friday, December 9, 2016 (All day)


Thomas Chan-Soo Kang Room (S050), CGIS South Building, 1730 Cambridge Street, Cambridge, MA 02138

Korean Art History Workshop 2016, co-sponsored by the Asia Center, Edwin O. Reischauer Institute of Japanese Studies, and Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies, Harvard University and the Northeast Asia Council of the Association for Asian Studies

Organized by Sun Joo Kim, Harvard-Yenching Professor of Korean History; Director, Korea Institute, Harvard University, Maya Stiller, ACLS/The Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation Postdoctoral Fellow in Buddhist Studies, Department of Art and Architecture, Harvard University; Fellow, Korea Institute, Harvard University; Assistant Professor of Korean Art and Visual Culture, University of Kansas, and Nancy Lin, Assistant Professor of East Asian Art History, Lawrence University


9:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. Opening Remarks

10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. SESSION I: Late Chosǒn Period Korean Art & Visual Culture

Moderator: Yukio Lippit, Harvard University
Discussants: Sunglim Kim, Dartmouth College & Michele Matteini, New York University

10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. Presentations

Sooa Im McCormick, Cleveland Museum of Art
“Re-reading the Imagery of Farming and Weaving of Eighteenth-Century Korean Genre Painting in the Context of the Little Ice Age”

Yoonjung Seo, Freie Universität Berlin
“The ‘Exotic’ Others and Foreign Curiosities in Visual Culture of the Late Chosŏn Dynasty”

Maya Stiller, University of Kansas
“Avataṃsaka Buddhist Art of the Late Chosŏn Period and Its Possible Antecedents”

11:30 a.m. – 11:50 a.m. Coffee Break

11:50 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Discussion

1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. LUNCH

2:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. SESSION II: Twentieth Century Korean Art and Architecture

Moderator: Seung Yeon Sang, Harvard Art Museums
Discussants: Aida Yuen Wong, Brandeis University & Yurika Wakamatsu, Harvard University

2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. Presentations 

Joan Kee, University of Michigan
“Studies in Material Action, or Experimental Art for a Para-Yushin Korea”

Suzie Kim, Hofstra University
“Constructivist Ideas in Korean Architecture: Modern Housing Prototypes in the Late 1930s”

Nancy Lin, Lawrence University
“Chang U-sŏng’s Returning Home (1935) and the Transcultural Debate on Local Color”

3:30 p.m. – 3:50 p.m. Coffee Break

3:50 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. Discussion