The 2014 Hogue-Sponenburgh Art Lecture Series

Transplanting China on the Global Stage

Dr. Patricia Berger, Professor of Chinese Art, University of California, Berkeley


Friday, January 31, 7:30 p.m.

College of Law
Paulus Lecture Hall, E-201
245 Winter St. SE
Truman Wesley Collins Legal Center
Willamette University

Free and open to the public

Chinese porcelain was the first global brand and its impact on Western taste and social thought in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries went beyond merely setting the table. The images fired into porcelain—exquisite paintings in cobalt blue or multicolored enamels of exotic birds and flowers, courtly life, and idyllic landscapes—created an exportable image of China as a productive land of grace and moderation, where industry and technology artfully combined to serve the goals of a harmonious society. This carefully crafted vision stirred the imaginations of social reformers in Europe and the United States, among many others, the architect Sir William Chambers, who lived briefly in Canton in the mid-eighteenth century. This lecture will focus on why and how Chambers ultimately came to advocate a figurative and literal transplanting of China to Britain, calling for no less than a complete reshaping of the entire kingdom into a continuous garden, joining urban and rural spaces into a productive and uplifting landscape that would both obscure and highlight the new realities of industrialization.

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Dr. Patricia Berger, Professor of Chinese Art, University of California, Berkeley