Keeper of Asia, The British Museum
"Timely Images: Chinese Art and Festival Display"
Innovation/Adaptation: 5,000 Years of Making Art in China
This lecture examined the close bond between a wide range of pictorial arts and their temporal conventions, exploring the role of art in marking the passage of the yearly cycle of festivals that are folded into the abiding rhythms of nature and human culture in China. Important occasions, including the New Year and Dragon Boat festivals, and less well-known events, such as the Birthday of Flowers, serve as examples to explore the interplay between festivals and China’s rich visual culture during the last two dynasties, the Ming (1368-1644) and Qing (1644-1911), and help us recover lost meanings in China’s artistic repertoire.
Poster for Jan Stuart Lecture