The Institute for Chinese Studies is pleased to co-sponsor the Department of History of Art's "Recent Ph.D. Lectures" series speaker:
Michael J. Hatch
Assistant Professor, East Asian Art History
"The Senses of Painting in China, 1790-1840"
Abstract: What have art historians tended to value most in the history Chinese painting? How have those values led to the celebration of some periods of painting and to the neglect of others? Taking the under-studied period of early nineteenth-century painting in China as a starting point, this lecture examines some of the core values of Chinese painting scholarship in order to consider the possibilities for experiencing Chinese paintings anew. In particular, a sensory history of Chinese painting is proposed, one that shifts attention to the bodily appeals that paintings were designed to make to their audiences, not just in terms of vision, but also in terms of touch, smell, and sound.
Bio: Michael J. Hatch teaches the history of East Asian art. He specializes in research on the history of Chinese painting from the 18th century to the 21st century, with interests in: theories of painting, concepts of modernity, the historiography of painting, contemporary Chinese art, and inter-material relationships between painting and other visual cultures.
This Department of History of Art lecture is supported by OSU's Institute for Chinese Studies and by a U.S. Department of Education Title VI grant to The Ohio State University East Asian Studies Center.