The Asian Studies Program of the University of Hawaii School of Pacific and Asian Studies and the East-West Center will present a lecture by art historian Virginia H. Moon Thursday, May 5, 2011. The title of Moon’s lecture is “The Grafting of a Canon: The Politics of Korea’s National Treasures and the Formation of an Art History.” It will take place in the East-West Center Art Gallery from 12:00 noon to to 1:30 p.m.
Virginia Moon is an adjunct professor of the history of Asian art at Mt. San Antonio College in Walnut, California. She earned her B.A. in art history at Yale University, her master’s degree in East Asian regional studies at Harvard University, and her Ph.D. in art history at the University of Southern California. She is a candidate for a Korea specialist position in the Asian Studies Program.
Moon’s lecture, based on her dissertation research, will deal with the development of today’s Korean art canon and in particular the transformation of the National Treasures system established under the Japanese colonial government. That system, used in an attempt to validate Japanese interpretations of Korean history, was retained by South Korean officials after the occupation in an effort to further their own political goals. The system of National Treasures has thus been inherently political since its inception and has, Moon argues, “shaped the perception of history, defined Korean art history, molded the way museums present the art objects, and contributed to defining national identity itself.”
The lecture is free and open to the public. For further information, contact Tess Constantino at the Asian Studies Program: telephone (808) 956‑6085 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.