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What does art do? by Prof Jonathan Hay
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Event Type: Public Lecture/Forum/Seminar/Workshop/Conference/Symposium
Event Nature: Culture and Arts

Event Details

Have you ever thought about how to look at art? Or how art looks at you?

THE ARTICULATE ARTWORK: Whether out of bafflement or curiosity, the modern world has insistently wanted to know what artworks mean. Today, though, the question "What does it mean?" is rapidly being displaced by a more complex question: "What does the artwork do?" To understand what an artwork does, new interpretative skills are needed. By focusing on a single Chinese artwork, this lecture will test out some of those skills, and reflect on the significance of this shift away from the question of meaning to one of ‘doing’.

About the speaker:
Jonathan Hay is Ailsa Mellon Bruce Professor at the Institute of Fine Arts, New York University. He has published widely on Chinese art from the Tang dynasty to the present, and on the theory and method of art history.

Date/Time25/10/2012 18:15-19:30
VenueRayson Huang Theatre, HKU

Registration Instruction

Registration is open from 09/10/2012 16:00(HKT) to 25/10/2012 12:00(HKT) on a first-come-first-served basis. The registration quota for this event is 380.

* Registration is now closed.

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