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Learn about Chinese art

01/13/14

Learn about Chinese art

Learn about Chinese art, culture during NEH workshop Feb. 13-15 at JCCC 

OVERLAND PARK, Kan. – How is cultural identity signified? One common way is through art. Performing arts, literature, film, music and the visual arts tell not only the story of the creator but also the culture of that art’s time and place. 

The art of China as a cultural indicator will be the subject of the workshop “Cultural Interactions: Chinese Arts and Chinese Identities” from Feb. 13 to 15 at Johnson County Community College. 

The workshop is part of the National Endowment for the Humanities’ Bridging Cultures Faculty Development Workshops. Though educators are the target audience, the workshop is open to the public. 

Registration is $25 (which includes two lunches) and is available online.  

“The world is no longer flat; we all know that. However, it is not only politics and trade that bridge cultures. Art has been doing it for centuries,” said Tom Patterson, director of international education at JCCC. 

“This NEH workshop will show how cultural interactions have influenced identity in China over the years.” 

The workshop begins at 6 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 13, with an opening reception, followed by a 7 p.m. address by Stanley Murashige, an associate professor of art history, theory and criticism of the School of Art Institute of Chicago. 

His “Rhythms of Social Exchange: The Human Figure in Early Chinese Art” will visually explore how the human figure in early Chinese art was not necessarily just a collection of bones, flesh and muscle. 

Before the conference closes out at 4:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 15, Lingchei Letty Chen will present “Memory and Identity Politics in Contemporary China: Perspectives from Literature and Film” at 12:45 p.m. that day. 

Chen is an associate professor of modern Chinese language and literature at Washington University in St. Louis. She has studied the memoirs and autobiographies of Chinese expatriates who lived through the socio-political upheavals of the Mao era and are now living in the United States. 

A full schedule of the workshop is available at http://www.jccc.edu/internationaleducation/cultural-interactions.html.

The workshop will examine the complex effects of cultural interaction on identity in China through four key periods:

  • The Tang Dynasty, when Buddhist traditions from Central and South Asia became firmly infused into Chinese cultural identity
  • The first half of the 20th century, when interactions with global colonial and imperial powers spurred intensive efforts to construct modern Chinese national and cultural identities
  • The Maoist era, culminating in the Great Proletarian Cultural Revolution
  • The post-Mao era of economic liberalization and integration into global circuits of trade and cultural exchange

For more information on “Cultural Interactions: Chinese Arts and Chinese Identities,” contact Tom Patterson at 913-469-8500 ext. 3496.

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