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Lecture: “Blood, Sweat, and Innovation: Stories from porcelain artisans in China”
May 2 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
In this talk, Dorothy Ko adopts an “eco art history” approach to study a group of stories that circulates in the artisanal communities in Jingdezhen in south-central China. Prominent in these tales is the entanglement of clay, rocks, mineral pigments, and firewood with the artisan’s body (parts), especially sweat and blood. Into this volatile mix two other ingredients—an exploitative boss and corrupt government—round off the recipe for artisanal creativity and material transformation.
Sponsors: Center for East Asian Studies, Center for the Humanities with support from Nancy and David Borghesi and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, Department of Art History, Material Culture Program
Dorothy Ko IS Professor of History and Women’s Gender and Sexuality Studies at Barnard College of Columbia University.