Wu Hung

Harrie A. Vanderstappen Distinguished Professor of Chinese Art, Department of Art History, The University of Chicago

Date
Monday, October 23, 2017
Time
7:30 p.m.
Description
This talk studies photographs that subtly disrupt the classification of portraits and self-portraits. These are studio portraits that bear the sitters’ inscriptions. Using a group of images related to the “queue-cutting” movement in early 20th-century China as examples, Wu Hung suggests that when an inscription is imbued with a distinct “I” voice and expresses the sitter’s personal feeling, experience, and aspiration, it transforms the anonymous portrait into a “self-image.”
Contact
263-3412, info@humanities.wisc.edu