Wu Hung to Deliver 2018 Nuveen Lecture

Thursday October 18, 2018 | 4:30pm | Swift Lecture Hall (3rd floor)
Reception to follow

Wu Hung, the Harrie A. Vanderstappen Distinguished Service Professor in Chinese Art History, Director of the Center for the Art of East Asia, and Consulting Curator of the Smart Museum of Art at the University of Chicago, will deliver the 2018 Nuveen Lecture at The Divinity School: "Miraculous Icons and Dynastic Time: Narrating Buddhist Images in Medieval China."

Prof. Wu HungWu Hung is an elected member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the American Philosophical Society, and sits on the boards and advisory committees of many research institutes and museums in the US and China.  He has published widely on both traditional and contemporary Chinese art. His major works on traditional art include The Double Screen: Medium and Representation in Chinese Painting (1996), and The Art of the Yellow Springs: Understanding Chinese Tombs (2010). His major publications on contemporary art include Transience: Chinese Experimental Art at the End of the Twentieth Century (1999), Exhibiting Experimental Art in China (2000), Contemporary Chinese Art: Primary Documents (2010), and Contemporary Chinese Art: A History(2014). He is interested in working with museums and artists, and has curated many exhibitions, including The First Guangzhou Triennial (2002, China), Between Past and Future: New Photography and Video from China (2004, with Christopher Phillips; New York and Chicago), The Sixth Gwangju Biennale (2006, Korea), and Re-imagining Asia (2009, Berlin). 

Wu Hung has received many awards for his publications and academic services, among which he is most proud of the Faculty Award for Excellence in Graduate Teaching at the University of Chicago (2007) , the Distinguished Teaching Award from the College of Art Association (2008), and the Distinguished Scholar Award from the College of Art Association (2018). 

His interest in both traditional and modern/contemporary Chinese art has led him to experiment with different ways to integrate these conventionally separate phases into new kinds of art historical narratives, as exemplified by his Remaking Beijing: Tiananmen Square and the Creation of a Political Space (2005) and A Story of Ruins: Presence and Absence in Chinese Art and Visual Culture (2012). Several of his ongoing projects follow this direction to explore the interrelationship between art medium, pictorial image, and architectural space, the dialectical relationship between absence and presence in Chinese art and visual culture, and the relationship between art discourse and practice. 

John S. Nuveen was one of Chicago’s most influential business leaders and an active civil and cultural leader with ties to many educational institutions. At the University of Chicago, he served as chairman of the University’s Alumni Association and as a trustee of the Baptist Theological Union, who established the Nuveen lecture in 1972 and manage an endowment that supports the University of Chicago Divinity School.  Each year, a prominent member of the University's faculty is invited by the BTU and the Divinity School to deliver the lecture. Past lecturers have included Janet Rowley, Jonathan Lear, and Leon Kass.


This year’s lecture will be held on Thursday, October 18, 2018, at 4:30 pm in Swift Hall's third-floor Lecture Hall. This event is free and open to the public. A reception will follow at 6 pm, which will also feature the awarding of the inaugural Alumni Citations.

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