Global Impact/ Asian Aesthetics/ American Art/ Material Culture


How do design ideas, patterns, and aesthetics travel across the globe, even when objects themselves do not?

Asian Aesthetics Poster
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This project’s question grew out of a string of provocative inquiries that emerged following exhibitions and recent projects that our alumni and faculty members of the University of Delaware have worked on over the past 10 years (Collecting China [UD-Winterthur, DE], Asia in Amsterdam [PEM, MA], Made for the Americas [MFA Boston, MA], among others). While existing scholarship has recognized the global circulation of objects, artistic forms in the American field sometimes have less to do with the mobility of actual objects from Asia than with translations of Asian aesthetic influences that create new forms in new regions. This project therefore explores ideas about transcultural circulation beyond the concept of objects as commodities, by urging researchers to collaboratively study ideas and influences, across time and space, which have inspired, integrated, and re-generated new aesthetics in and beyond America.

“Asia” and “America” are taken in this project as pointers to encourage a mapping of global and multi-directional flow of aesthetics and aesthetic translation, not merely an exchange between Asia and North America. Our long-term goal is to generate a multi-level investigation that comprehensively encompasses Asia, Europe, the Americas and other related world regions into the study of American art and material culture.

For details about the symposium, graduate student workshop and presentation, and living repository site for research data, please scroll down, read the announcement, or visit Events.

All events are free and open to the public, but registration is required. Lodging is also available at a discounted price for registered participants.

We thank the following organizations for their support

The University of Delaware
The Terra Foundation for American Art
Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library
Office of Professional and Graduate Studies of the University of Delaware
Center for Material Culture Studies at the University of Delaware
The National Endowment for the Humanities
The Unidel Foundation Inc.

We also thank the following museums and institutions for supporting their representatives and curators to participate in this project

Asian Art Museum, San Francisco
Barnard College, New York
Carleton University, Ottawa
The Freer|Sackler, Smithsonian’s Museum of Asian Art, Washington DC
The Guggenheim Museum, New York
The Kunsthistorisches Institut in Florenz, Florence
The Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge
The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
The National Portrait Gallery, Washington DC
The Palace Museum, Beijing
The Peabody Essex Museum, Salem
The Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia
The Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam
The School of Oriental and African Studies, London
The University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia
The University of Warwick, Coventry
The Universidade Federal de São Paulo, São Paulo
Tsinghua University, Beijing
Yale University, New Haven

EVENTS (October 11-14, 2018)

  1. October 11-12, 2018: International Workshop for Graduate Students (Call for Applications)
  2. October 12-14, 2018: Symposium with researchers of American and Asian art working together in pairs to present their research (Speakers and Panelists)
  3. October 2018: A living repository, open to to both public and academic audiences.

See SCHEDULE for details


Roundtable Panelists
J. Ritchie Garrison (University of Delaware, Winterthur Program, Newark)
Michael Leja (University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia)
Partha Mitter (University of Sussex, emeritus, Oxford)
Alexandra Munroe (Guggenheim Museum, New York)
Nasser Rabbat (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge)
Moderated by Vimalin Rujivacharakul (University of Delaware, Art History, Newark)


Linda Eaton (Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library, Winterthur)
Giorgio Riello (University of Warwick, Coventry)

Darielle Mason (Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia)
Asma Naeem (National Portrait Gallery, Washington DC/Baltimore Museum of Art, Baltimore)

Edward Cooke (Yale University, New Haven)
Dorothy Ko (Barnard College/Columbia University, New York)

Jens Baumgarten (Universidade Federal de São Paulo, São Paulo)
Dennis Carr (Museum of Fine Arts, Boston)

Medill Harvey (Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York)
Forrest McGill (Asian Art Museum, San Francisco)

Marco Musillo (Kunsthistorisches Institut in Florenz, Florence)
Catharine Dann Roeber (Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library, Winterthur)

Karina Corrigan (Peabody Essex Museum, Salem)
Femke Diercks (Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam)

Liu Chang (Tsinghua University/Palace Museum, Beijing)
Greg Landrey (Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library, Winterthur)

Lee Glazer (Freer|Sackler Galleries, Washington DC)
Stacey Pierson (School of Oriental and African Studies, London)



(The following 3 hotels have rooms available for registered attendees.)
Marriott Courtyard, Brandywine 320 Rocky Run Parkway, Wilmington, DE 19803, Tel: (302) 477-7500
Homewood Suites, Wilmington Brandywine (breakfast inclusive) 350 Rocky Run Blvd., Wilmington, DE 19803 (Room accommodate up to 4 people)
Inn at Wilmington (breakfast inclusive) 300 Rocky Run Parkway, Wilmington, DE 19803, Tel: (302) 479-7900



University of Delaware

The first day of the Graduate Student Workshop will take place in Old College, Room 211 on UD’s campus. Old College Hall is on the north side of campus at 18 East Main Street, Newark, DE 19716-2516. Please refer to this campus map.

For Parking, visitors can use meters, pay-to-park lots or obtain a visitor pass online or directly from Parking Services. Pay kiosk or PassPort app upon arrival at gateless hourly lots. The closest hourly parking lot to Old College Hall is the Trabant Parking Garage on E Main Street. Please visit Parking Services for more details.

Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library

On Friday, October 12, the Graduate Student Workshop, as well as the Panel Discussion will take place in the Winterthur Rotunda. The symposium on October 13 and 14 will take place in Winterthur’s Copeland Hall.

The Rotunda is in the main Museum building just off the atrium to the Galleries. Guests are welcome to inquire at the Visitor’s center and take a shuttle over to the Museum Building or walk through the Garden. Copeland Lecture Hall is at the Visitors’ Center just down the hill from the Visitors Parking lot and behind the bookstore.

For directions and parking information, please visit Winterthur’s website.



October 11-12, 2018

Thursday, October 11: Graduate Student Dissertation Workshop (first day)
Old College Hall, University of Delaware, 8:30am-5:30pm (For invited participants only)

Friday, October 12: Graduate Student Dissertation Symposium (second day)
Winterthur, Rotunda, 8:30am-2:00pm (Open to the public)
For a full schedule events, see Graduate Student Symposium

October 12-14, 2018
Winterthur (Open to the Public, Registration Required)

Friday, October 12, 2018
Winterthur, Rotunda, 3:30pm-5:00pm (Open to the public)
Ritchie Garrison, University of Delaware, Professor and Director of Winterthur Program of American Material Culture
Michael Leja, University of Pennsylvania, James and Nan Wagner Farquhar Professor of History of Art
Partha Mitter, University of Sussex, Professor of History of Art, emeritus
Alexandra Munroe, Guggenheim Museum, Samsung Senior Curator of Asian Art and Senior Advisor of Global Arts
Nasser Rabbat, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Aga Kahn Professor, Aga Khan Program of Islamic Architecture
Vimalin Rujivacharakul, University of Delaware, Associate Professor, and Tsinghua University, Visiting Professor, 2018-2021

Saturday, October 13 and Sunday, October 14, 2018
Winterthur, Copeland Hall, 8:45am-5:00pm (Open to the public)
(Each team consists of two presenters who have been working together on a project that examines Asian and American art and material culture)

Team Cloth
Giorgio Riello, University of Warwick, Professor of Global History and Culture
Linda Eaton, Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library, John L. & Marjorie P. McGraw Director of Collections and Senior Curator of Textile

Team Dislocation
Darielle Mason, Philadelphia Museum of Art, Stell Kramrisch Curator of Indian and Himalayan Art
Asma Naeem, Baltimore Museum of Art, Chief Curator

Team Eco-Aesthetics
Edward Cooke, Yale University, Charles F. Montgomery Professor of American Decorative Arts
Dorothy Ko, Barnard College, Professor and Chair, Department of History

Team Flow
Jens Baumgarten, Universidade Federal de São Paulo, Professor
Dennis Carr, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Carolyn and Peter Lynch Curator of American Decorative Arts and Sculpture

Team Fusion
Forrest McGill, Asian Art Museum, Wattis Senior Curator of South and Southeast Asian Art and Director of the Research Institute for Asian Art
Medill Harvey, Metropolitan Museum of Art, Curator of American Decorative Arts and Director of the Henry R. Luce Center for the Study of American Art

Team Screen
Catharine Dann Roeber, Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library, Assistant Professor of American Material Culture and Chief Editor of Winterthur Portfolio
Marco Musillo, Kunsthistorisches Institut in Florenz, Senior Research Associate

Team Shiny
Karina Corrigan, Peabody Essex Museum, H. A. Crosby Forbes Curator of Asian Export Art
Femke Diercks, Rijksmuseum, Head of Decorative Arts Department

Team Taste
Greg Landrey, Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library, Head of Academic Program and Deputy Director
Liu Chang, Palace Museum and Tsinghua University, Associate Professor and Director of the Craft Project of the Palace Museum

Team Translation
Lee Glaser, Lunder Institute, Colby College, Director and Chief Curator
Stacey Pierson, School of Oriental and African Studies, Senior Lecturer



[Information and weblinks will be available in October 2018]


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