Chinese Calligraphy: History and Culture
Dr. Lei Xue, Art History, Oregon State University
October 3, 2015
9:30 - 11:30 am
Graffiti usually refers to illicit marks that confront and contradict
the ordered and ordering space of institutionalized life. To the
contrary, writings on public space in traditional China have often been seen as not only a
way to demonstrate mastery of calligraphy, the most revered art, but also to reassure the status of cultural and political elite. With a focus on Jiaoshan, a famous island in the Yangzi River where hundreds of inscriptions accumulated from the sixth to twentieth century, Dr. Xue’s research traces the origin of these elegant graffiti and discusses their significance in Chinese visual/literary culture.