About

Vision and Objective

构想与目标

Harvard Visual China is dedicated to the study and promotion of Chinese art. We are interested in all kinds of visual materials, including but not limited to painting, calligraphy, architecture, photography, film, design, and theater. By overcoming the boundaries of medium and time, we hope to pursue the “ideas” encoded in these visual forms --- the spirit and essence of Chinese culture.

Our mission is two-fold: to study and to promote (education) Chinese art. We aim to provide a platform for students and scholars from all around the world to engage in academic discussion of both traditional themes and contemporary developments in Chinese visual culture. Planned activities include a series of lectures by invited scholars and artists, topic-oriented workshops where students of art history (theory) and design (practice) can interact and work together, field trips, student exchange programs, annual symposiums/conferences, etc. We also hope to share the fruit of these activities with anyone who is interested in Chinese art. Currently we are working on an online platform where videos of our activities and theme-based interviews of scholars are posted and made available to everyone, which we hope to eventually integrate with a smartphone application, bringing Chinese art to the fingertip.

With the arrival of digital age, accessing visual materials has become easier than ever. This means that “image” is no longer reserved for art historians, but an open source of information for scholars of all humanities disciplines. Harvard Visual China hopes to help more students and scholars from different fields to engage in the interdisciplinary study of Chinese art, so that we could collectively unpack the “ideas” stored inside them and achieve a better understanding of Chinese art and culture.


哈佛视觉中国是隶属于哈佛大学艺术与科学研究生院的一个组织。我们的兴趣不限媒介,涵盖了绘画、书法、建筑、摄影、电影、设计、戏剧等诸多艺术形式。通过跨越媒介与时间的界限,我们希望探寻这些视觉形式背后所共通的观念 — 中国文化的精神核心。

我们有两个层面的目标,即对中国艺术的研究与推广(教育)。我们希望为全球的学生与学者创建一个学术平台,共同研讨中国视觉艺术的传统主题与现代发展。我们策划的活动包括系列讲座、专题研讨会、实地考察、学生交换项目、年度论坛/会议,等等。在系列讲座中,我们邀请全球著名的学者与艺术家来哈佛分享研究与创作成果;在专题研讨会等活动中,我们鼓励不同背景(如艺术史、设计等)的学生展开交流与合作,让理论与实践充分地沟通与碰撞。

同时,我们希望将以上活动与全球的中国艺术爱好者共享。目前,我们正在创建一个网络平台,让所有人都能方便地分享“哈佛视觉中国”的活动录像、学者访谈等珍贵资料。此外,我们还将建立相关的手机应用平台,让中国艺术近在指尖。

数字时代的来临使得视觉资料的获取极为简便。这就意味着“图像”不再是艺术史家们的专有课题,而是所有人文学科的研究者所共享的信息资源。“哈佛视觉中国”期望帮助更多不同领域的学生与学者参与到对中国艺术的跨学科研究中。如此,我们将共同揭示中国艺术中所蕴涵的观念,从而带来对中国艺术与文化更深刻的理解。

Contact: harvardvisualchina@gmail.com

Official Website: www.harvardvisualchina.com