定海谈 | 土山湾孤儿院的历史与艺术意义

定海谈 定海桥 2017-11-24

定海谈 Dinghai Talk · 085




Its history and artistic significance


讲述 Speaker:Julie Chun


Hosts: Liang Jie, Chen Yun

时间:2017年11月26日周日15:00 - 17:00

Time: 15:00 - 17:00, November 26 Sun, 2017


Venue: No. 252, Dinghaigang Road, Yangpu District, Shanghai


Lanuage: English with Chinese Translation


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Wooden gateway made by Tushanwan orphans for the 1915 Panama-Pacific Exhibition.

Photo courtesy of Tushanwan Museum 

With the exception of Shanghai history specialists and the curious wayward wanderer, even some of the city’s local residents have never entered the small building inscribed ‘T’ou-se-we Museum’ (also known as Tushanwan 土山湾 Museum) on its red façade. Located at 55 Puhuitang Lu (蒲汇塘路off the busy Caoxi Bei Lu (漕溪北路), the remnant of the former Spanish-styled compound of dormitories, classrooms, and workshops on a sprawling 5.5 hectares is now but a mere shadow which once housed, fed, and taught destitute young Chinese boys. While rich in history, the quaint and well-kept museum unfortunately possesses only a few actual artefacts produced during the period when the orphanage was instituted in 1864 until its formal closure in 1962. 

The craft school, which was distinctly tied to the identity of the orphanage, served a crucial social and artistic need in Shanghai for about 80 years during times of both political turmoil and commercial prosperity. Regrettably, the few available books in the English language, especially those published by Shanghai’s Xuhui District (徐汇区) tend to be outdated and offer a static narrative. This talk strives for a renewed examination of the Tushanwan orphanage craft school. By incorporating the evidence of recent scholarship, as well as a critical assessment of the artworks produced, this continuing research seeks to re-address and re-evaluate the legacy of Xuhui’s understudied history which remains relatively insular to the world- at-large.

Julie Chun

— 讲述人介绍 —

Julie Chun是一位韩裔美国艺术史学者和讲师,2011年起居住在上海。她是亚洲协会在上海的艺术召集人,在美术馆和画廊举办讲座以拓宽公众对艺术品、过去和现在的理解。她是上海财经大学全球教育联盟的艺术史兼职教授,YISHU当代中国艺术杂志的撰稿人。她在工作之余研究19世纪东亚现代艺术的发展。

Julie Chun is a Korean-American art historian and lecturer based in Shanghai since 2011. She serves as the Art Convener of the Royal Asiatic Society (RAS) China in Shanghai where she lectures regularly at museums and galleries to widen the public’s understanding of artistic objects, past and present. She is an adjunct professor of Art History for Alliance for Global Education at Shanghai University of Finance and Economics and is a regular contributor to Yishu Journal of Contemporary Chinese Art. In her spare time, she conducts research on the development of modern art in 19th century East Asia.