past Talks and Presentations

Papers Presented

Performing Zhenwu: Material and Immaterial Dimensions of Daoist Experience in an Early Ming Album
Vision and Visualization in Art, Alchemy, and Ritual: Exploring Daoist Modes of Perception
American Academy of Religion Annual Conference, Denver, November 2018

Traversing Zhenwu’s Sacred Terrain in Bronze
12th International Daoist Studies Conference, Beijing, June 2018

An American Epicenter: Collecting and Exhibiting Chinese Paintings in the 1940s and 1950s 
Chinese Calligraphy and Painting Studies in Postwar America, May 2018

Visual and Imaginative Pilgrimages Amidst Zhenwu’s Sacred Terrain
Views from the Sunflower Terrace Symposium, University of Kansas, Oct 2017

Traversing Zhenwu’s Sacred Terrain: Sculptural Journeys of Transmission, Pilgrimage and Authority in the Wudang Mountains
Association for Asian Studies Annual Conference, April 2016

Landscapes of Opportunity in Postwar America: Sherman E. Lee’s 1954 Chinese Landscape Painting in Cleveland
Ideas of Asia in the Museum Symposium
Los Angeles County Museum of Art and the University of Southern California, 2015

Missives, Index Cards, and Invoices: Reconstructing the History of Sherman E. Lee’s Chinese Painting Collecting in Postwar America
Maintaining the Past: Collecting and Collectors in Twenty-First Century Museums
College Art Association Annual Conference, 2014

Ideas of Asia in the Museum
Discussant
Association for Asian Studies Annual Conference (AAS), 2014

Cleaning Up and Coming Out:  Sherman E. Lee’s Collecting and Exhibitions of Chinese Painting in the 1950s
Re-presenting Asian Art in American and European Museums
Indo-Pacific Prehistory Association Congress, Siem Reap, Cambodia, 2014

Coming Out in Cleveland:  Sherman E. Lee’s Chinese Landscape Painting and Early Acquisitions (1952-57)
Collecting East Asian Art in North America
Midwest Conference on Asian Affairs, 2013

Imagining Immortal Patriarchs: Portraits of Xu Xun and Lü Dongbin in Ming and Qing China
Strategies and Discourses:  Exploring the Complexities of Figural Portrayals in Chinese Art
Association for Asian Studies Annual Conference, 2013

Numinous Responses, Celestial Registers and Visualization Journeys: Exploring Daoist Visual Experiences of Zhenwu, the Perfected Warrior, in Ming China
Icons, Charts, and Talismanic Scripts: Daoist Visual Culture Workshop
Leslie Center for the Humanities, Dartmouth College, 2012

Separating Sheep from Goats: Sherman Lee’s Collecting, Connoisseurship, and Canon of Chinese Painting in the 1950s-60s
Midwest Art History Society Annual Conference, 2012

Grottoes, Exorcism, and the Northern Dipper: Representing the Daoist Master Zhang Daoling in Ming and Qing China 
Association for Asian Studies and International Convention of Asia Scholars Conference, 2011

Revisiting Grottoes and Springs: Daoist Narrative Paintings of the Ming and Early Qing 
Telling Images of China:  Narrative and Figure Paintings from the Shanghai Museum Colloquium, Dublin, 2010

Before and Beyond: Exhibiting and Expanding the Chinese Collection of Charles Lang Freer, 1910s and 1924-42
The Roles of Acquisition: Collecting Chinese and Japanese Art in Europe, the United States, Britain, and Australia during the Early to Middle Twentieth Century
College Art Association Annual Conference, 2010

Ascension and Intervention: Visual Narratives of Zhenwu 
International Daoist Studies Conference, Mt. Wudang, China, 2009

Theophanies, Miracles, and Conversions: Constructing Visual Narratives for Zhenwu
Southeast Conference of the Association for Asian Studies, 2009

Teaching Asia: Images and Material Culture in the Classroom and Beyond 
New York Conference of the Association for Asian Studies, 2008

Building Luna Insight Collections for Teaching Chinese Visual Culture
Teaching with Technology Forum, Vassar College, 2008

Investigating the Appeal of Images of Zhenwu [the Perfected Warrior]: A Study of the British Museum’s Bronze Sculpture
Continuity and Change: The Evolution of Daoist Art  
College Art Association Annual Conference, 2005

Oracle Bone Script in the Twentieth Century 
Fresh Ink Symposium in conjunction with the exhibition Brushed Voices: Contemporary Chinese Calligraphy
Spencer Museum of Art, University of Kansas, 2000

In the Service of the Tangut Xia: Conscious Heterogeneity in the Buddhist Murals of Cave 3 at Yulin
Midwest Art History Society Annual Conference, 1999


Invited Talks

Episodes in the History of Studying and Exhibiting Chinese Art in Postwar America
Brandeis University, November 2018

Sherman E. Lee and Collecting Chinese Art in Postwar America

Cleveland Museum of Art, November 2018

Separating Sheep from Goats: Sherman Lee and Chinese Art Collecting in Postwar America
Asia Week, Christie’s, New York, March 2018

Daoist Visual Culture of the Ming in the Wudang Mountains and Beyond
John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art, November 2015

Silent Poetry: Masterworks of Chinese Painting
Friends of Art Gallery Talk, Cleveland Museum of Art, November 2015

Sherman Lee’s Collecting of Chinese Art for Cleveland
Division of Institutional Advancement, Cleveland Museum of Art, July 2015

Bringing Home the Five-Legged Cow: Sherman E. Lee as a Collector of Chinese Art
Allen Memorial Museum of Art, Oberlin College, February 2015

Separating Sheep from Goats: Sherman E. Lee’s Collecting of Chinese Art
Asia Week, Sotheby’s, New York, September 2014

Sherman Lee’s Collecting of Chinese and Japanese Art for Cleveland
Centennial Gallery Talk, Cleveland Museum of Art, January 2014

Landscapes of Opportunity: Sherman E. Lee’s Collecting of Chinese Painting for Cleveland
Lifelong Learning Program, CWRU, 2014

An Inner History of Collecting Chinese Painting:  Sherman E. Lee and Walter Hochstadter
Center for Asian Studies, University of South Carolina, 2013

An Inner History of Collecting Chinese Painting in Cleveland: Sherman E. Lee and Walter Hochstadter
Faculty Work-in-Progress Lecture, Baker Nord Center for the Humanities, 2013