February 24, 2017
Williamstown, Massachusetts—In an ongoing series of lectures presented by fellows at the Clark Art Institute, Kress Fellow in the Literature of Art Jeehee Hong presents “Framing Affect and Vision in Middle-Period China” on Tuesday, march 7 at 5:30 pm. The free lecture will be held in the Michael Conforti Pavilion.
The lecture addresses how emotional expressions were shaped in material form through various modes of visual and spatial experiences in middle-period China (ninth–fourteenth centuries). Primary examples include images of grieving figures in funerary contexts.
Jeehee Hong is the Gretta Chambers Chair in East Asian Art History at McGill University. A specialist in the ritual art and visual cultures of middle-period China, she is the author of Theater of the Dead: A Social Turn in Chinese Funerary Art, 1000–1400 (University of Hawai'i Press, 2016). At the Clark, she is tracing the formations of boundaries, including religious and social boundary-making, as communicated through treatises on artistic practices and theories of reception from the middle period.

The Clark Art Institute, located in the Berkshires of western Massachusetts, is one of a small number of institutions globally that is both an art museum and a center for research, critical discussion, and higher education in the visual arts. Opened in 1955, the Clark houses exceptional European and American paintings and sculpture, extensive collections of master prints and drawings, English silver, and early photography. Acting as convener through its Research and Academic Program, the Clark gathers an international community of scholars to participate in a lively program of conferences, colloquia, and workshops on topics of vital importance to the visual arts. The Clark library, consisting of more than 270,000 volumes, is one of the nation’s premier art history libraries. The Clark also houses and co-sponsors the Williams College Graduate Program in the History of Art.
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