Dr. James Cahill Lecture

Dr. James Cahill
Professor Emeritus of the History of Art
University of California at Berkeley

will be addressing the Vancouver Institute on April 2, 2005 at 8:15 p.m., Lecture Hall No. 2 in the Woodward Instructional Resources Centre, University of British Columbia.

Chinese Painting:
The Realities Behind the Ideals

Professor Cahill is one of the world's most distinguished scholars in Chinese art. The question of how painters in traditional China made their livings has been a more or less taboo subject for centuries in the Chinese literature of art; artists were supposed to work for Confucian self-fulfillment, and to present their works to friends without thought of recompense. The realities of their lives were more earthy and more interesting than that, and can be partially reconstructed from scattered informal sources: letters, inscriptions, recorded anecdotes. This lecture will sum up the new understanding of Chinese artists' lives that is revealed in these neglected sources, and will show how it affects our readings of particular paintings.

Spring Program 2005
Jan 22, Jan 29, Thursday Feb 3, Feb 12, Tuesday Feb 22, Feb 26, Mar 5, Mar 12, Mar 19, Apr 2, Apr 16.