Chinese Landscapes: Explorations in Literature, Poetry, Film, and the Visual Arts


LIU Guosong (Keynote)

Please note: this is a two-day symposium.

Historically one of the most prominent artistic subjects in China, landscape painting has often evolved in tandem with the social and political changes experienced by Chinese artists. In conjunction with the Within and Without: Transformations in Chinese Landscapes exhibition at the Cantor Arts Center, this symposium will use the landscape tradition in the visual arts as a springboard to discuss larger, interdisciplinary issues surrounding Chinese art, literature, history, economy, and culture during the last one thousand years, with an emphasis on the modern and contemporary periods. Leading artists and scholars in various fields will deliver their presentations.


9:00 – 9:20 | OPENING REMARKS

9:20 – 10:00 | KEYNOTE SPEAKER

LIU Guosong, “Innovation through Challenge: The Creation of My Landscapes”
Introduction by Xiaoneng Yang

10:00 – 10:15 | COFFEE BREAK

10:15 – 12:15 | SESSION 1: ANCIENT ART

Ronald Egan, “Poetic Inscriptions on Landscape Paintings: The Special Interest of a ‘Ma Yuan’ Album”

Heping Liu, “Traveling Along the River at First Snow and the Making of Landscape of Exile”

KONG Lingwei, “Between Desolation and Hasty: Some Reflections on the Secular Landscape Paintings of the Late Ming Dynasty”

Peter Sturman, “Projecting Mortality: Views from Shen Zhou’s Orchard”

Moderated by Richard Vinograd

12:15 – 1:15 | LUNCH

1:15 – 3:15 | SESSION 2: 20TH CENTURY ART

WU Hongliang, “The Falling of One Leaf Heralding the Autumn—The Study and Exhibition of Chinese Traditional Landscape Paintings in the 20th Century by the Art Museum of Beijing Fine Art Academy”

Christine I. Ho, “Retracing the Long March: Landscape Before and After the Revolution”

Yao Wu, “Pan Tianshou’s Riverbank Paintings: From Landscape of Desolation to Laudation of the Land”

Michelle Yeh, “Allegoresis and Eco-Perspectivism: Landscape in Modern Chinese Poetry”

Moderated by Ban Wang



LU Fusheng. “Perspectives on Contemporary Landscape Painting in China”

Richard Vinograd, “Lost Landscapes”

Britta Erickson, “Chinese Photography and the Landscape”

Xiaoze Xie, “Contradiction, Dissonance and Ambiguity: Landscapes of Contemporary China through the Lenses”

Moderated by Gordon H. Chang

11:00 – 11:15 | COFFEE BREAK

11:15-12:30 | SESSION 4: FILM

Ban Wang, “Landscape, Home, and Morality in Chinese Film and Literature”

Weihong Bao, “What is a Backdrop? On the Question of huanjing (the Surrounding World) in Chinese Film and Drama Theory”

Moderated by Ronald Egan

12:30 – 1:30 | LUNCH

1:30 – 3:00 | SESSION 5: ART AND ECONOMY

LU Huan, “Collecting, Exhibiting, and Marketing Landscape Painting in China”

Elizabeth Hammer, “Art Patronage in Our Times: Peaks and Valleys in the Current Chinese Paintings Market”

Nicholas Hope, “What Might Chinese Economic Growth Mean for China’s Art Market?”

Moderated by Nicholas Hope


Ronald Egan with Ban Wang and Xiaoneng Yang

Thursday, May 01, 2014 | 9:00 am — 3:00 pm
Clark Center, Seminar Room S360

The Confucius Institute at Stanford; Confucius Institute Center for International Development; East Asian Languages and Cultures; Center for East Asian Studies; Cantor Arts Center; Stanford Humanities Center