Cultural Melting Bath: New Work on Contemporary Art and the Environment in Japan and Beyond

January 29, 2016
Room 157, Cochrane-Woods Art Center
5540 S Greenwood Ave
Chicago, IL 60637

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This event is sponsored by the Center for East Asian Studies, Adelyn Russel Bogert Fund of the Franke Institute for the Humanities, and the Department of Art History.

In September 2015, the Art History Department's Gold-Gorvy Traveling Seminar enabled a group of PhD seminar students and instructors to travel to Osaka, Kurashiki, and Naoshima, Japan. This interdisciplinary symposium presents our findings as we consider the relations between art/architecture and place, site, or environment; and between contemporary art, local communities, and so-called "tradition-based contemporary art." In addition to being a much noted stop on the itineraries of contemporary art lovers and critics, Naoshima and neighboring islands have been contending with environmental pollution, declining populations, and vacant properties as they see their fates caught between tourism, preservation, and industry.

Keynote Speaker

Joan Kee is Associate Professor of History of Art at the University of Michigan. Her writing has appeared in a range of journals, including Art History, Art Bulletin, the Oxford Art Journal, Archives of Asian Art, Art Margins, the Journal of Law, Culture, and the Humanities and Artforum, for which she is a contributing editor. Her current research considers how American artists from the early 1970s to the mid-1990s engaged with legal structures, doctrines, ideas, and agents. A related project explores how methods of interpretation employed in the discipline of art history might be productively applied to legal cases involving visual analysis.

Participating Faculty

Chelsea Foxwell
Michael Fisch
Paola Iovene
Richard Neer
Miriam Wattles (UCSB)

Graduate Student Presenters

Mengna Da
Luke Fidler
Hanne Graversen
Tessa Handa
Nancy Lin
Sandy Lin
Melanie Lukas
Zhiyan Yang

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