National and Court Collections: the Politics of Display in Museum Spaces
In late March, we highly appreciated to have Prof. Stacey Pierson, Professor of the History of Chinese Ceramics at SOAS, University of London, to visit CUHK and provide us a public lecture. All are welcome to attend this fruitful academic exchange activity.
The public lecture will be held on 28 Mar (Tue). Please find the details below:
Date: 28th Mar 2023 (Tue)
Time: 6:30pm – 8:30pm
Venue: Lai Chan Pui Ngong Lecture Theatre (LPN LT), Y. C. Liang Hall, CUHK
(MAP: https://goo.gl/maps/HuVHAnp5SJ3x4FNu6 )
(Please take the free CUHK Shuttle Bus no.1A or 1B at the University Station, Exit A, to “Sir Run Run Shaw Hall” bus stop. Shuttle Bus information could be found here: https://transport.cuhk.edu.hk/route/1a/ )
For those interested, please register via the following link by 27 Mar 2023 (Mon):
About the Lecture:
This lecture examines the history and role of museum and court collections in defining and representing ideas of power and nationhood. Beginning with a history and analysis of court art collections in Europe and Asia, the formation, contents and functions of collections such as those of the Medici princes and the Qianlong court will be considered from the perspective of audiences and viewers. The lecture then considers the development of government spaces that were open to the public by design, in the form of national museums that first emerged in Britain in the 18th century, alongside Enlightenment ideas about knowledge and public education. The important role such museums played and continue to play in defining national identities will be explored, revealing the often tangled politics of display and representation in the museum space.
About the Speaker:
Prof. Stacey Pierson is Professor of the History of Chinese Ceramics at SOAS, University of London. In addition to teaching and supervising research students in the School of Arts, she is President of the Oriental Ceramic Society (London) and series editor for the Routledge title Histories of Material Culture and Collecting, 1550-1950. Previously, from 1995 – 2007, she was Curator of the Percival David Foundation of Chinese art, also at the University of London, which housed the world-renowned Percival David collection of Chinese ceramics. She has published widely on aspects of Chinese ceramics and the history of collecting and exhibitions, including Collectors, Collections and Museums: the Field of Chinese Ceramics in Britain: 1560-1960 (2007), Chinese Ceramics: a Design History (2009), From Object to Concept: Global Consumption and the Transformation of Ming Porcelain (2013), Private Collecting, Exhibitions and the Shaping of Art History in London: the Burlington Fine Arts Club, 1866-1950 (2017) and the edited volume Visual, Material and Textual Cultures of Food and Drink in China, 200 BCE – 1900 CE (2022), Colloquies on Art and Archaeology in Asia, no. 25 (2022). Her most recent research project focused on Dr. Johnson’s Chinese teapot, which is on display in the British Museum.
Our Programme is organizing a 6-Day Japan Cultural Exchange Tour with the focus of “日本古都雙城記 Japan-Tale of Ancient Capital” on 7-12 May 2023, which will be led by Prof. Pedith Chan. During the tour, students will be offered the opportunities to explore the ancient side of Japan through visiting various historical & archaeological sites, public museums, cultural performances/ workshops in Nara, Uji & Kyoto, including Ishibutai Ancient Tomb, Byodoin, Nijo Castle, Sanjusangendo, Maiko Performance etc., as well as getting the chance to have academic exchange with local cultural practitioners so as to gain more insights & reflection on the antiquities & heritage management, and cultural development in Hong Kong.
日期：2023年5月7日 - 2023年5月12日
地点：奈良 ‧ 宇治 ‧ 京都
Virutal Exhibition curated by students from the course of CUMT3005 Design Your Exhibition – Curatorial Planning and Practice (2022)
As the worst pandemic we have seen in a century, COVID-19 has affected nearly every aspect of life. In response to how people have reacted under the new normal, the Cultural Management Programme is presenting its first online interactive exhibition, “____ing”. The exhibition is co-curated by 11 students from the course CUMT3005 Design Your Exhibition – Curatorial Planning and Practice offered by the Cultural Management Programme in 2022.
Supervised by Professor Isaac Leung, Assistant Professor of the Cultural Management Programme, the curators brings together thirteen groups of artists to present our life experience during the pandemic. The exhibition consists of four parts: “Normal Temperature” uses “temperature” as a clue to explore how technology intervenes in everyday life; “M i k 6” reveals the tension between individuals’ desire for freedom and the search for solace; “So Close, So Far” makes use of creativity to push spatial boundaries; and “Let’s Call It A Day” challenges the definition of time and happiness. They seek to explore the processes of change and adaptation that continue to intertwine with normality.
Uncertainty brings inspiration
The exhibition responds to the ever-changing normality and complex restrictions. It all sprang from unexpected challenges in life. Originally, the final course work for CUMT3005 was in the form of a physical exhibition. Due to the fifth wave of COVID-19, all courses in Term 2 of 2021-22 had to be taught online. Physical events had to be cancelled. The uncertainty in life inspired students to ponder how the pandemic affected the everyday life of Hong Kong people. They explored how the terms, such as “new normal,” had brought new meaning to people’s lives. “The unexpected challenges during moments of crisis, on the one hand, brought disruption; on the other hand, they encouraged students to critically reconsider people’s lives from different perspectives,” said Professor Leung. “During the brainstorming sessions, students came up with a list of potential works, then looked for relevant theories to frame their ideas. Despite the challenges the pandemic brought, students also discovered that people were able to come up with creative ideas to deal with the hardship.”
Curated by students from the course of CUMT3005 Design Your Exhibition – Curatorial Planning and Practice, the virtual exhibition “____ing” is open to the public until August 2023. The project is supported by the Funding Scheme for Virtual Teaching and Learning.
__ing | CUHK Exhibition (ingart.co)
LINK | Details on Faculty of Arts
日期：2022年11月1日 - 2023年8月31日