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EALC 219: Modern and Contemporary East Asian Art & Visual Culture (HC/BMC)

East Asian Languages & Cultures 219: Modern and Contemporary East Asian Art & Visual Culture (Schoneveld) Fall 2016

Getting Started

This library guide is meant to help you with your assignments for EALC 219, introduce you to some resources on Contemporary East Asian Art and Visual Culture, and help you locate materials in the Special Collections at Haverford College for your Archival assignment. 

A good place to start is to look at the following book (see link below), particularly pages 77-133. In it, you will find a selection of questions to ask yourself when analyzing artwork. 

Voice Thread help

Your VoiceThread presentation from the Archive will require working with the program, VoiceThread. is a wonderful resource with online tutorials on how to use various apps and software. 

Develop your literature review

Literature reviews are a particularly useful kind of article when doing research. They address the issues involved in a particular question and the debates among scholars. They map out the intellectual terrain succinctly and give you the major landmarks in terms of key authors and significant titles.

The Oxford Bibliographies Online   Connect from Bryn Mawr College    Icon     Icon   provides literature reviews for a variety of fields including Asian Studies (they specify the following subject areas: Chinese Studies, Buddhism, International Relations, etc. You can take a look at their subjects and complete a few searches to find what you are interested in).  There are also Art History  Connect from Bryn Mawr College      Icon     Icon  bibliographies. The essays take the form of an annotated bibliography.  It gives you the benefit of expert advice when identifying what to read for your research. 

Relevant articles that might interest you:

  • Contemporary Chinese Art Since 1976 by Amanda Wright
  • Women, Art and Art History: Gender and Feminist Analyses by Griselda Pollock
  • Anime by Thomas Lamarre

Museum Curation and Art Dealing

Your Attribution Problem (8-10 pages) asks you to identify an unknown work by a modern/contemporary East Asian artist and attribute it to a particular artist. You are asked to discuss the piece of art as though you were a curator or dealer. The following resources will help you get a sense for how specialists in the Art world discuss museum curation and art dealing. Browse some of the following books and journals to learn more about how this is done. 

  • Curator: The Museum Journal  Connect from Bryn Mawr College     Icon     Icon  This periodical explores a variety of museum environments, including fine arts. Browse through some of the articles to see how people talk about museum curation and art. 
  • Manifesta Journal: Journal of Contemporary Curatorship  Connect from Bryn Mawr College     Icon     Icon  Another periodical focusing on curating the art world. 

Another important resource to consider are museums themselves. Here are a few museums to consider looking into: see how the curators describe works of art, for example. Not all have huge contemporary collections, but they should still help with your project.