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?

The idea behind 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 in 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, a graduate student workshop and presentation, and a living repository site for research data, please scroll down, or visit Events.

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

We thank the following organizations for support.

The University of Delaware
The Terra Foundation for American Art
Winterthur Museum, Garden and 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 of San Francisco
Barnard College, New York
Carleton University, Ottowa
The Freer|Sackler, Smithsonian’s Museum of Asian Art
The Guggenheim Museum, New York City
The Kunsthistorisches Institut in Florenz, Florence
The Massachusettes Institute of Technology, Cambridge
The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York City
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 Netherlands
The School of Oriental and African Studies, London
The University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia
The University of Warwick, Coventry
The Universidade Federal de Sao Paulo, Sao Paulo
Tsinghua University, Beijing
Yale University, New Haven

EVENTS (October 10-14, 2018)

  1. October 10, 2018: Official openning of the Project.
  2. October 11-12, 2018: International Workshop for Graduate Students (Call for Applications)
  3. October 12-14, 2018: Symposium with researchers of American and Asian art working together in pairs to present their research (Speakers and Panelists) (Attendee’s REGISTRATION)
  4. 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, New York City)
Nasser Rabbat (MIT, Cambridge)
Moderated by Vimalin Rujivacharakul (University of Delaware, Art History, Newark)

Speakers (by the order of team members’ last names)

Team 1
Glenn Adamson (New York & London)
Ming Tiampo (Carleton University, Ottawa)

Team 2
Jens Baumgarten (Universidade Federal de Sao Paulo, Brazil)
Dennis Carr (Museum of Fine Arts, Boston)

Team 3
Ned Cooke (Yale, New Haven)
Dorothy Ko (Barnard/Columbia, New York City)

Team 4
Karina Corrigan (Peabody Essex Museum, Salem)
Femke Diercks (Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam)

Team 5
Linda Eaton (Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library)
Giorgio Riello (University of Warwick, England)

Team 6
Lee Glazer (Freer|Sackler Galleries, Washington DC)
Stacey Pierson (School of Oriental and African Studies, England)

Team 7
Medill Harvey (American Wing, Metropolitan Museum, New York City)
Forrest McGill (Asian Art Museum, San Francisco)

Team 8
Liu Chang (Tsinghua University & Palace Museum, Beijing)
Greg Landrey (Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library, Winterthur)

Team 9
Darielle Mason (Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia)
Asma Naeem (National Portrail Gallery, Washington DC)

Team 10
Marco Musillo (Kunsthistorisches Institut in Florenz, Florence)
Catharine Dann Roeber (Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library, Winterthur)


LODGING  (The following 3 hotels have room available, at a conference rate, for registered attendees.)


Marriott Courtyard, Brandywine 320 Rocky Run Parkway, Wilmington, DE 19803, Tel: (302) 477-7500

Book your group rate for the Global Impact of Asian Aesthetics on American Art and Material Culture events


Homewood Suites, Wilmington Brandywine (breakfast inclusive)

350 Rocky Run Blvd., Wilmington, DE 19803 (Room accommodate up to 4 people)

Book your group rate for the Global Impact of Asian Aesthetics on American Art and Material Culture events


Inn at Wilmington (breakfast inclusive)

300 Rocky Run Parkway, Wilmington, DE 19803, Tel: (302) 479-7900

Call and reference: The University of Delaware Global Aesthetic Symposium



[Detailed Schedule will be available in June, 2018]

Living Depository Site  [Information and WebLinks will be available in October 2018]


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