Event Details

Apr 10, 2015
9:00am - 5:00pm
Wing lecture room

The Johnson Museum’s strong collection of Vietnamese ceramics is currently supplemented by the long-term loan of the exceptional Menke Collection. Over the last two decades, significant research has attested to the vitality of Vietnamese ceramics as both objects of aesthetic appreciation and important elements of historical material culture and trade relations in Asia. In dialogue with recent developments in scholarship on Vietnamese art, culture, and history, this symposium will bring together established and emerging international specialists to present insights and inquiries.

Registration is free but seating is limited; please contact Elizabeth Saggese at eas8@cornell.edu or 607 254-4642 to reserve a space.

Symposium schedule

9:00 AM
Registration (coffee and tea provided)

9:30 AM
Welcome and Introduction

10:00 AM

“Protohistoric Crossroads: Co Loa, State Formation, and Early Vietnam”
Nam Kim, Assistant Professor of Anthropology, University of Wisconsin, Madison

“Vietnam, the Beginnings of the Glazed Ceramic Tradition”
Béatrice Wisniewski, École Pratique des Hautes Études (EPHE)

“Ly and Tran Dynasty White and Brown-and-White Wares: A Visual Declaration of Independence”
Eric Zetterquist, Zetterquist Galleries, New York 

11:30 AM

12:00 PM
Lunch break (on your own) and free time to view the Asian art galleries on Floor 5

2:00 PM

“Pots in High Places: Ceramics in the Zomian Economy”
Louise Cort, Curator for Ceramics, Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, Smithsonian Institution, Washington DC

“Following the Rising Dragon: Production, Models and Markets in Medieval Vietnamese Ceramic Production”
John Guy, Curator of South and Southeast Asian Art, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

“Vietnamese Ceramics from Vân Đồn to Trowulan: Chasing Clouds in a Majapahit Sky”
Kaja McGowan, Associate Professor of the History of Art, Cornell University 

3:30 PM

3:45 PM
Stanley J. O’Connor, Professor Emeritus of the History of Art, Cornell University

4:00 PM
Keith Taylor, Professor of Asian Studies, Cornell University


This symposium is funded in part by a generous gift from Judith Stoikov ’63, and cosponsored by the Department of Asian Studies, the Department of the History of Art and Visual Studies, the Southeast Asia Program, and the East Asia Program.