Lecture: The Walled Grove – Chinese Gardens in History (Xin Conan-Wu)

Date of event:   19/03/2021 − 19/03/2021

Title: The Walled Grove – Chinese Gardens in History
Lecturer: Xin Conan-Wu (Associate Professor, William & Mary)
Date: 19 March 2021, 3:00 – 4:30 p.m EST
Organized by: East Asia Center, College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, University of Virginia, USA

We hope you will join us for an event with Xin Conan-Wu, Associate Professor of East Asian Art History at William & Mary, as she presents her research on “The Walled Grove: Chinese Gardens in History.” The event will be held March 19, 2021, from 3:00 – 4:30 p.m. This online event will be broadcast via Zoom Webinar. To register, please visit here.

The talk will zoom in on the history of Chinese gardens beyond the well-known sites of the Ming and Qing dynasties – the Jiangnan gardens in Suzhou and the imperial gardens around Beijing. Drawn from developments in art history, garden archaeology and cross-cultural studies, it presents new perspectives on the changes and continuities in Chinese garden art. The subject of garden studies is not individual objects, but interwoven systems and places that are living and lived in. New issues surface when gardens are studied in history, as complexes of materiality, meanings and activities.

Xin Conan-Wu is an associate professor of East Asian art history at William & Mary. Focusing on landscape, her research interest develops along three strands – the history of representation of nature (paintings and gardens), the artistic encounters between East Asia and the West, and contemporary environmental art. Her publications include four books, articles and two columns. She is currently completing a new book project on the interaction between landscape, pedagogy, and philosophy in the Southern Song dynasty of China and the Joseon dynasty of Korea, titled Lure of the Supreme Joy: Pedagogy and Place-Making in the Neo-Confucian Academies of Zhu Xi.

For more information please visit the website here.