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Felicity Lufkin, "Things Fit for Use," lecture

"Things Fit for Use: Sorting Out Modern China's Artistic Heritage," complements Ancient Masters exhibition.

Date: Friday, March 1st, 2013

Time: 4:30 pm

Duration: 1 hour

Location: Weitz Cinema

Contact: Laurel Bradley

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Things Fit for Use: Sorting Out Modern China's Artistic Heritage

Felicity Lufkin, lecturer in folklore and mythology, Harvard University

Ink and brush painting, while among the most esteemed of Chinese art forms, is hardly the only tradition contributing to the modern Chinese artistic canon. This talk explores shifting ideas about China’s artistic heritage in the early 20th century, embodied in the complex figure of Xu Beihong (1895-1953), who was an effective promoter of brush and ink painting and a French-trained advocate of realism, and who also contributed to debates over the place of folk and popular traditions in the new Chinese Republic.

Courtesy of the Edwin L. Weisl Jr. Lectureship sponsored by the Robert Lehman Foundation and the John W. Nason Fund for East Asian Arts.