Shi-yee Liu and Tamara Bentley on Chen Hongshou

Lecture: Center for Chinese Studies: Institute of East Asian Studies | October 28 | 1 p.m. | Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive, Auditorium

 Shi-Yee Liu, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; Tamara Bentley, Colorado College

 Institute of East Asian Studies (IEAS), Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive, Center for Chinese Studies (CCS)

Scholars Shi-Yee Liu and Tamara Bentley, both contributors to the Chen Hongshou exhibition catalog, illuminate different periods in the artist's career. Liu, assistant research curator of Chinese art at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, considers the role of popular culture in the artist’s early work, demonstrating possible inspiration from woodblock illustrations of novels and plays, popular and functional paintings and prints, and cult and theatrical imagery. Bentley, associate professor of Asian art history at Colorado College, explores enigma and intertextuality in Chen’s late work.

 ieas@berkeley.edu, 510-643-6492

Chen Hongshou: Su Wu and Li Ling with Attendants, c. 1635 (detail); hanging scroll: ink and colors on silk; 50 × 19 in.; BAMPFA, purchase made possible through a gift by an anonymous donor.