Professor Blanchard to Reflect on Song Dynasty Artwork – Hobart and William Smith Colleges \
The HWS Update

Professor Blanchard to Reflect on Song Dynasty Artwork

Professor of Art and Architecture Lara Blanchard will give a lecture in conjunction with the Oriental Ceramic Society of Hong Kong on gender and emotions in premodern Chinese paintings.

In collaboration with the Oriental Ceramic Society of Hong Kong, Professor of Art and Architecture Lara Blanchard will give an online lecture on Making Images of Feelings: Interiority, Passion, and Meaning in Song Dynasty Paintings of Women, on Tuesday, March 22 at 7 a.m. EDT (The talk is based in Hong Kong and is a morning talk for those at HWS.)

The talk will focus on constructions and analyses of gender in various artworks made during China’s Song Dynasty. Blanchard proposes “that such images address the concerns of artists, patrons, as well as viewers and can be understood as political allegories, representations of the artist’s or patron’s interior feelings, or models of idealized femininity.” 

Established in 1974, the Oriental Ceramic Society of Hong Kong is a collective of individuals with an interest in Asian art and culture. Through published works, hosted exhibitions and events, the group promotes the open exchange of ideas and information. Blanchard’s talk serves as the 2021 K.S. Lo Memorial Lecture.

Blanchard is the Luce Professor of East Asian Art and the Lloyd Wright Professor in Conservative Studies at HWS. She is the author most recently of Song Dynasty Figures of Longing and DesireGender and Interiority in Chinese Painting and Poetry, which won the prestigious 2020 Joseph Levenson Pre-1900 Book Prize from the Association for Asian Studies (AAS).  Blanchard is the coeditor of Gender, Continuity, and the Shaping of Modernity in the Arts of East Asia, 16th – 20th Centuries, and coauthor of the textbook Asian Art, which illuminates the diversity of Asian artistic traditions from the prehistoric period through the 21st century. She holds a M.A. and Ph.D. in art history from the University of Michigan.

The online lecture is free of charge. To attend the talk, contact ocs@orientalceramics.org.hk