The HKU Museum Society is pleased to co-present a special lecture “Reading and Regarding: Book Illustrations in Late Ming Print Culture”. The lecture and dinner are jointly presented with The Ink Society with support from the University Museum and Art Gallery.
Unprecedented numbers of books were published and in circulation in sixteenth and seventeenth century Ming China. This talk examines the remarkable and varied nature of late Ming book illustration and its impact on society and culture during this period, as well as its extraordinary legacy. It will also consider the development and proliferation of book illustration in light of technological changes, regionalisation, urbanisation, and literacy during the late Ming.
Dr. Kevin McLoughlin is currently the Curator at the Hong Kong University Museum and Art Gallery. His previous professional roles have included serving as Interim Curator of Asian Art at the University of Chicago’s Smart Museum of Art; as Lecturer in the Arts of China postgraduate course at Christie’s Education London; as Senior Curator of the Chinese and Korean Collections and later Principal Curator for East & Central Asia at the National Museum of Scotland in Edinburgh. Prior to this, he held positions as Deputy Curator of University Museums at the University of Durham; as Assistant Curator of the Barlow Collection of Ceramics, Bronzes and Jades at the University of Sussex; and East Asian Collections research assistant at the Chester Beatty Library, Dublin.
He holds a PhD in Art History from the University of Sussex; an MA in Chinese Art & Archaeology from the University of Durham; and a BA in Fine Art from the National College of Art and Design, Dublin. He also studied at the Beijing Language and Culture University.
Detail from the Qingming shanghe tu 清明上河圖 showing a book store 書坊
Qiu Ying (c. 1495-1552)
Handscroll, ink and colour on silk
Liaoning Provincial Museum
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