Tang Center Symposium

Myths and Orthodoxies in East Asian Art and Art History

Graduate Student Symposium

3 March 2012, 9:30 am–5:30 pm
101 McCormick Hall, Princeton University

Organized by the P.Y. and Kinmay W. Tang Center for East Asian Art and cosponsored by the Princeton University Art Museum

symposium Program

Myths and orthodoxies have given rise to compelling beliefs and canonical lineages in the arts and art histories of East Asia. The narratives of myths and orthodoxies uphold certain "truths" at the expense of others, to serve the needs of those who perpetuate them. But only certain histories become "orthdox," and only particular stories take on the title of "myth." The "myths" and "orthodoxies" of historiography exert a further force that shapes the history of art. How do these stories sustain their power, and when do they lose power? Who decides? Do visual materials create, communicate, and maintain myths and orthodoxies in certain ways that texts can never accomplish?


This program brings together graduate students of East Asian art history from across the U.S. and Europe to discuss such questions. The keynote speaker, Professor Donald F. McCallum of UCLA, sets the stage for a diverse program of topics that cover all areas of East Asia geographically and span a broad range of topics: from textual orthodoxies of calligraphic replication to conflicting orthodoxies of vision and rhetoric in Chinese painting, orthodoxies of iconographic Buddhist transmissions, mythologizing effects of secred Buddhist images, myths of the distant other, and political uses of the mythological past.

symposium schedule

Saturday, 3 March 2012
101 McCormick Hall


Registration and Coffee, 8:30–9:30 a.m.


Morning Session 9:30–12:45


Miriam Chusid, Princeton University


Keynote Lecture: Asuka Myths and Orthodoxies: Ikarugadera—Umayado no ôji— Hôryûji

Professor Donald McCallum, Department of Art History, UCLA


Charming Maiden or Churlish Demon: Representations of the Mountain Spirit in the

Nine Songs

Anne Feng, Department of Art History, University of Chicago


How One Scroll of Paper Altered Ten Stone Drums: Xianyu Shu's (1246–1302)

Song of the Stone Drums (1301)

Ingrid Yeung, Department of the History of Art, Yale University


The Myth of the Orthodox and Individualist Schools in Qing Dynasty Landscape Painting

Michael Hatch, Department of Art & Archaeology, Princeton University



Discussant: Professor Donald F. McCallum

Moderator: Miriam Chusid, Princeton University


Afternoon Session 2:15–5:30

From Myth to Orthodox Icon? The Medieval Chinese Reception of the Buddha Statue at the Mahâbodhi Temple of Bodhgayâ, India

Sun-ah Choi, Department of Art History, University of Chicago


The Power of Concealment: The Hidden Icon of Gohôzenshin at Miidera

Holly N. Rubalcava, Department of Art History, University of Wisconsin


The Backward Glance: Beautiful Women and Liminal Spaces in Seventeeth-Century Japan

Radu Leca, Department of the History of Art, School of Oriental and African Studies,

University of London


Nativist Root Sought in the Hinterlands: Chen Danqing's "Tibetan Series" (1980)

Yao Wu, Department of Art & Art History, Stanford University


To Fly When Others Run: Art, Politics, and the Myth of the Thousand-Mile-Horse in the North Korean Chollima Movement of 1957

Peter Sukonek, Department of the History of Art, Yale University


Discussion and Conclusion

Discussant: Professor Donald F. McCallum

Moderator: Michael Hatch, Princeton University


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