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An-yi Pan


Indonesian Clay Dolls

The dream and lies of franco

Detail: The Dream and Lie of Franco

Fields-in-the-Month-of-June

Fields in the Month of June

Amazon Cast Danielle Mericle

aids-for-the-deaf

Detail: Aids for the Deaf

battle

Detail: Battle between the conquering Mongols and the Muslim population of Iran

Beyond-the-Taj

Detail: Beyond the Taj

Eave-hanging

Detail: Eave hanging (ider-ider) with scenes from Butterfly L

japan detail

Detail: Three Laughers of the Tiger Glen

Le-Ventre-Legislatif

Detail: Le Ventre Legislatif

Macrobiotico

Detail: El Regreso del Canibal Macrobiotico

mcpaintforgotdream

Forgotten Dream

Mochepanel

Detail: Moche Panel Fragment with Four Figur

sea gods

Detail: Battle of the Sea Gods

Tapestry by Pieter van Aelst

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An-yi Pan

Associate Professor

email: ap76@cornell.edu
phone: 607-255-6784
room: Goldwin Smith Hall, GM06

An-yi Pan

Painting Faith: Li Gonglin...

Contemporary Taiwanese Art in the Era of Contention

Pan book

Nature Observed and Imagined - 500 Years of Chinese Painting

Education:

Ph.D., University of Kansas

Research Interests

An-yi Pan researches Buddhist Art with special interest in the relation between Chinese intellectual participation in Buddhism and Buddhist painting, Buddhist architecture in relation to precepts, monastic hieratical structure, liturgical as well as spiritual spaces, and trans-continental blossoming of Buddhist teachings and art. He also devotes research to Modern Chinese art and Contemporary Taiwanese art, investigating the impact of colonialism and current geo-political influence on Chinese and Taiwanese art from the late 19th century to now.

Recently Taught Courses

Introductory courses

ARTH 3800 Introduction to the Arts of China

ARTH 3805 Representation and Meaning in Chinese Painting

ARTH 3820 Introduction to the Arts of Japan

Seminars

ARTH 4810 Art of the Tang Dynasty

ARTH 4813 Arts of the Song Dynasty, with Focus on Tea Cultures in East Asia

ARTH 4815/6815 Buddhist Arts of China

ARTH 4816 Modern Chinese Art

ARTH 4817/6817 Contemporary Chinese Art

ARTH 4818/6818 Exhibition Seminar

Current Research

Chinese Chan Architecture and Culture of the Song and Yuan Dynasties (working title, book project)

Pictorializing Emptiness: Examining How the Concept of Emptiness is Rendered in Visual Arts (working title, article)

Select Publications

Books and Exhibition Catalogues

Nature Imagined and Observed - 500 Years of Chinese Painting, exhibition catalogue written in conjunction with the exhibition Nature Imagined and Observed- 500 Years of Chinese Painting at the Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art, (Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art, 2010)

Painting Faith: Li Gonglin (1049-1106) and Northern Song Buddhist Culture (Leiden: Brill, 2007)

Contemporary Taiwanese Art in the Era of Contention. Editor and main author, book-length exhibition catalogue; other contributors: Grace Yen, Ch’iung-jui Hsiao. (Taipei: Taipei Fine Arts Museum, 2004).  Bilingual text in English and Chinese.

Articles

“History Remaking and Cultural Identity: Subjectivity Transformation in Taiwan’s Visual Culture,” published in a special International Symposium volume for the 6th International Conference of the Asian Society of Art in Taipei, 2009, pp. 29-46.

“Painting History and Chinese Modernization at the Turn of the Twentieth Century” in the symposium volume The International Symposium: Turmoil, Representation, and Trend: Modern Chinese Painting, 1796-1949, Kaohsiung, Taiwan, May 2007 (article in Chinese), pp. 59-80. <pdf>

“Memory and History: Patriarch Pictures and Disputes between Northern and Southern Chan,” in Proceedings of the Conference on Visuality, Memory, and Collection, Tai-chung University of Education, Taiwan, 2006, pp. 45-56 (in Chinese).

“The Zhang Ji Version of White Lotus Society Picture and its Significance in Chinese Pure Land Buddhism,” in Proceedings of the International Symposium on Chinese Painting and Calligraphy, (Liaoning Provincial Museum China, 2006), pp. 248-276 (in Chinese).

“The Emergence and Ideology of the Three Laughers Story and Its Derivative: the Two Laughers,” in Tradition and Transformation, Studies in Chinese Art in Honor of Chu-tsing Li (Spencer Museum of Art, University of Kansas, 2005), pp. 111-135.

“Paradise with Strings Attached: Pure Land Death Ritual and Matrons’ Predestined Male Birth,” in Oriental Art, vol. XLVII, no. 4 (2001), pp. 32-37.

“Painting and Friendship, Political and Private Life: The Case of Li Gonglin,” in Journal of Sung-Yuan Studies 30 (September 2000), pp. 97-113.

“A Southern Song Dynasty Amitabha Triad Painting Reconsidered,” in The Bulletin of the Cleveland Museum of Art, vol. 81, no. 9 (November 1994), pp. 350-365.

Reviews

Eugene Y. Wang’s Shaping the Lotus Sutra: Buddhist Visual Culture in Medieval China, in Journal of Chinese Philosophy, March 2008.

Jason C. Kuo’s Transforming Tradition in Modern Chinese Painting: Huang Pin-hung’s Late Work, in China Review International, vol. 12 (no. 1), pp. 29-52.

Curatorial Projects

Curator, “Nature Imagined and Observed – 500 Hundred Years of Chinese Painting,” Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art, Cornell University, 2010.

Curator, “Dances with Water: Charles Liu’s Ink Painting,” Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art, Cornell University, 2008.

Curator, Moving Memory exhibition on Contemporary Taiwanese Art held in conjunction with Asian New Humanities Net Third Conference, National Central University and Academia Sinica, Taiwan, 2006.

Curator, “Contemporary Taiwanese Art in the Era of Contention,” Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art, Cornell University, 2004.

Conferences Organized

Co-organizer of the International Symposium on Taiwanese Art in Commemoration of Yin-tang Tsai’s 100th Year Anniversary, Taipei, November 2009.

Co-organizer of “Aesthetics and Theories in Chinese Ink Painting” International Conference at the Asia Society, New York City, 2008.

Co-organizer, “Turmoil, Representation, and Trend: Modern Chinese Painting, 1796-1949” International Symposium, Taiwan, 2007.

Co-organizer, “Symposium in honor of University of Kansas Professor Emeritus Chu-tsing Li,” Arizona State University, 2005.

Organizer, “Contemporary Taiwanese Art in the Era of Contention,” Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art, Cornell University; international symposium on contemporary Taiwanese art, 2004.

Academic Presentations

“Landscape versus Shanshui, an Issue of Identity and Painting History,” Unrolling the Scrolls: Chinese Paintings in Context, Symposium organized by the Institute of Humanities Research at Arizona State University and the Roy and Marilyn Papp-ASU-Phoenix Art Museum-Asian Arts Council Chinese Painting Program, 2010.

“Running on Emptiness – Pictorializing Emptiness in Buddhist Art,” CCCC (Cornell Classical Chinese Colloquium), 2010.

“Deconstruction and Construction – Rebuilding of Taiwan’s Visual Sphere during the Post-war Era,” International Symposium on Taiwanese Art in Commemoration of Yin-tang Tsai’s 100th Year Anniversary, 2009.

“History Remaking and Cultural Identity: Subjectivity Transformation in Taiwan’s Visual Culture,” International Symposium: The 6th International Conference of Asian Society of Art in Taipei, 2008.

“Ink Painting and Modernity: Reflection on a Half Century of Development,” International Symposium on Ink Painting held in conjunction with the Second Taipei Biennial of Ink Painting, 2008.

“Taiwan Modern: Rapid Shifts from the Late 1940s to the 1970s,” International Symposium held in conjunction with the exhibition “A Tradition Redefined: Modern and Contemporary Chinese Ink Painting from the Chu-tsing Li Collection, 1950-2000,” Phoenix Art Museum/ Arizona State University, 2008.

“The Transformation of Guanyin in the Context of Chan and the Sinification of Buddhism,” National Taiwan University, Taiwan, 2008 (invited lecture).

“Pluralism and Singular Vision: Traditional Aesthetics and Modern/Contemporary Chinese Art,” presented at the international conference “Aesthetics and Theories on Chinese Ink Painting,” Asia Society, New York City, 2008.

“Chan and Chinese Figure Painting,” presented at the International Symposium on Chinese Figure Painting, Shanghai Museum, China, 2008.

“The Contemporary Role of the Museum,” presented to museum directors in the Nanjing region, Nanjing, China, 2008 (invited lecture).

“Inside and Outside: Issues of Cultural Representation,” presented at the Panel on Taiwanese Art held in conjunction with the exhibition “Outside In: New Taiwanese Art,” Weatherhead East Asian Institute, Columbia University, 2008.

“Memory and Culture: Reality and Unreality of History in Contemporary Taiwanese Art,” presented at the International Conference on Contemporary Taiwanese Art, Vancouver, Canada (Due to a scheduling conflict, I sent the paper to be read by a scholar at the conference, while I was in Chengdu, China, delivering another paper.), 2007.

“National Identity and Artistic Form: Introspection on Modern and Contemporary Chinese Art,” presented at the International Symposium in Conjunction with Reboot: The Third Chengdu Biennale, China, 2007.

“Past is Not a Foreign Country: Looking Back as a Means of Leaping Forward – the Historiography of Modernity in Chinese Art,” in The International Symposium: Turmoil, Representation, and Trend: Modern Chinese Painting, 1796-1949, 2007.

“Concerning International Cooperation in Exhibiting Past and Present Cultural Heritage,” in the Annual Conference on Cultural Preservation, Cultural Council of the Executive Yuan, Taiwan, 2007.

“Cultural Analysis of Gu Wenda’s Forest of Stone Steles,” symposium in conjunction with the exhibition Forest of Stone Steles, Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art, Cornell University, 2007.

“Memory and History – Patriarch Pictures and Disputes between Northern and Southern Chan,” in Conference on Visuality, Memory, and Collection, Taichung, Taiwan, 2006.

“Connections between the White Lotus Society Pictures in the Shanghai Museum and the Nanjing Museum,” in International Symposium on Chinese Painting and Calligraphy, Shanghai Museum, 2005.

“The Foundation for Re-establishing the Study of Li Gonglin’s Buddhist Art,” Institute of History and Philology, Academia Sinica, Taiwan, 2005 (invited lecture).

“Picture of Transmitting the Dharma and Bestowing the Garment,” Symposium in honor of University of Kansas Professor Emeritus Chu-tsing Li, Phoenix, Arizona, 2005.

“Reexamining the Studies of the Qingming Scroll,” International Symposium on Chinese Painting and Calligraphy, Palace Museum, Beijing, 2005.

“The Pitfalls of Historical Documentation in Researching Chinese Art,” Department of Archaeology, Beijing University, 2005 (invited lecture).

“The Predicament of Contemporaneousness–Symptom and Strategy in Postmodern Taiwanese Art,” International Symposium on Contemporary Taiwanese Art, Vancouver, Canada, 2005.

“Multi-media Art in Contemporary Taiwanese Culture,” in Symposium on Contemporary Chinese Art, Phoenix Art Museum, 2005.

“Revisiting the Authorship of the Zhang Ji Version of the Lotus Society Picture,” International Symposium Celebrating the Opening of the New Liaoning Provincial Museum, China, 2004.

“Contemporary Taiwanese Art in Response to the Techno-era and Globalization,” in International Symposium on Contemporary Taiwanese Art, Cornell University, 2004.

“Tang and Song Pure Land Buddhism: The Case of Li Gonglin’s Lotus Society Picture,” National Taiwan University, 2003 (invited lecture).

“Earthly Paradise: Song Pure Land Architecture and Tiantai Pure Land Buddhist Practice,” College Art Association Annual Meeting, Philadelphia, 2002.

“Beneath the Facets of Mountains and Water: Painting as a Medium for Negotiating Cultural Ideology,” Visual Culture Colloquium, Department of the History of Art, Cornell University, 2000.

“Paradise with Strings Attached: Matrons’ Predestined Male Birth,” interdisciplinary symposium on Chinese textiles in conjunction with the exhibition Weaving China’s Past: The Amy S. Clague Collection of Chinese Textiles, Phoenix Art Museum, 2000.