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International Symposium – The World of Flower-and-Bird Painting


March 25, 2023
9:00 AM - 6:15 PM EDT

This one-day international symposium will offer an extraordinary opportunity to see cultural treasures from China for the first time in the U.S. More than 100 masterworks by 59 artists will present some of the most important examples in the history of Chinese flower-and-bird painting. Spanning 500 years during the Ming and Qing dynasties, the exhibition will highlight the academic, literati, and individual styles of the artists.

Featured Speakers:
David Sensabaugh – Former Ruth and Bruce Dayton Curator of Asian Art and Head of the Department of Asian Art at the Yale University Art Gallery, current Research Associate at the Yale Council on East Asian Studies
Hui-Shu Lee – Professor of Art History, University of California, Los Angeles
Shou-chih Yen – Professor of History of Art, Massachusetts College of Art and Design (MassArt)
Quincy Ngan – Assistant Professor in Art History and Research Fellow, Yale University
Zhang Jigang – Deputy director and professor in calligraphy and painting, Renmin University of China
Frank Feltens – Associate Curator of Japanese Art, the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Asian Art
Elizabeth Hammer – Executive Director of the Hammond Museum and Japanese Stroll Garden
Ben Wang – Senior Lecturer in Language and Humanities at China Institute
Matthew Edlund – Collector and Poet
Jonathan Chaves – Professor of Chinese Literature, the George Washington University
Mansheng Wang – Artist
Qingxiang Wang – Professional artist and researcher in modern and contemporary art
Featuring renowned scholars, curators from China and the United States, lectures will majorly be in English, and one session will be in Chinese (with interpreting).

Seating is limited. $25 Members/ $40 Non-members/ $20 Students/ Free for exhibition sponsors (Symposium ticket includes complimentary admission to the exhibition)

Please bring a photo ID to enter

For more information or questions, please contact (212) 744-8181 ext.117, or

The World of Flower-and-Bird Painting 花鸟画的大千世界

Morning Session

8:30 AM Registration with light breakfast
9:00 AM Welcome remarks
9:05 AM Hosted by Willow Weilan Hai, Lead Curator of the Exhibition, SVP, Director, and Chief Curator of China Institute Gallery, introduces the morning moderator
9:15 AM Morning Moderator, David Sensabaugh, introduces speakers
9:30 AM Hui-Shu Lee: Bada’s Flowers on a River Decoding Bada Shanren’s “Flowers on a River”: Singing Lotus, Weeping Tree, and Still Pond
10:00 AM Shou-chih Yen: Reconfiguring the Order of the Seasons: Xu Wei’s Nanjing Zahua Scroll
10:30 AM Quincy Ngan: Overtones of Indigo in Two Chinese Paintings of Plant Life from the Fifteenth Century
11:00 AM Zhang Jigang: Ink Painting and Calligraphy (Interpreter, Jim Zhang, China Institute Teacher)
11:45 AM Frank Feltens, Changing Ecologies: Bird-and-Flower Painting in China and Japan
12:15 PM Q&A
12:30 PM – 1:45 PM Lunch Break

Afternoon Session

1:45 PM Willow Weilan Hai introduces the afternoon moderator
1:50 PM Afternoon Moderator, Elizabeth Hammer, introduces speakers
2:10 PM Ben Wang: The Timeless Jin Nong: A Master of Eight Eccentrics of Yangzhou
2:45 PM Matthew Edlund: Shanghai–Paris: Impressionism and the Shanghai School
3:15 PM Jonathan Chaves: Chinese Poets Sing of Birds and Flowers
3:45 PM Mansheng Wang: Lotus in Close Succession
4:15 PM Qingxiang Wang: Re-Defining Traditional Flower-Bird Painting: My Personal Approach
4:45 PM Q&A
5:15 PM Conclusion by Willow Weilan Hai
5:30 PM Reception
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