Department of Asian Studies
Department of Asian Studies

Text(s) to Image(s): Six Maoist‐Era Propaganda Oil Paintings (1957-­79)

Fri, October 27, 2017 | Meyerson Conference Room (WCH 4.118), UT Austin Campus

3:30 PM - 5:00 PM

Text(s) to Image(s): Six Maoist‐Era Propaganda Oil Paintings (1957-­79)

This talk shows the role that printed texts played in inspiring but also constraining visual memory, cultural production, and Maoist-era propaganda oil paintings. By texts, I mean explicit, intentional, and publicly available printed works specifically designed to inspire, persuade, or invoke historical experience that itself is intended to motivate readers. The inclusion of one film adds a sense of convertibility of media. Two subjects—Chinese Communist Party history, particularly that associated with Jinggangshan; and heroism plus martyrdom, both before and after 1949—seen through the post-1949 lens of six of Maoist China’s most iconic oil paintings figure in this discussion of the relationship between texts and images created by elite, state-supported artists.

Sponsored by: Center for East Asian Studies

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