Art History Lecture | Dramatizing Architectural Space

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Conrad A. Elvehjem Building, L140
@ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

“Dramatizing Architectural Space: The Case of a 14th Century Chinese Temple”
Wei-Cheng Lin, University of Chicago
Chinese timber-frame architectural tradition underwent a drastic change in its spatial conception during the Song-Yuan period, also known as China’s Middle Period. This is best exemplified in religious architecture, which produced megastructures with unprecedentedly large interior spaces. Using the early 14th-century main hall of the Water God’s Temple in Hongdong, Shanxi, as an example, this talk by Prof. Wei-Cheng Lin (University of Chicago) will demonstrate that architectural modifications orchestrated a multisensorial experience of the interior that is structurally counterintuitive but spatially dramatized. The dramatic quality of the timber-frame architecture during the Song-Yuan period was not so much ignited by the ritual performance or building technology as by the broader visual culture and drama tradition of the period.
This talk is co-organized by the Center for East Asian Studies and the Department of Art History and will take place in Elvehjem Room L140.