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Stanley Abe

Associate Professor of Art and Art History
Art, Art History & Visual Studies
Box 90766, Durham, NC 27708-0766
114 S. Buchanan Blvd., Smith Warehouse Bay 9, Room A289, Durham, NC 27708
Office hours Monday 2:45-4:00pm and by appointment  

Selected Presentations & Appearances


Moving Things - Freud's Chinese Things: Contexts and Interpretations, International Symposium · 2022 Lecture Freud Museum, London
The Beginnings of Chinese Sculpture - Exhibiting East Asian Art in the West · 2021 - 2021 Lecture The Center for the Art of East Asia, Department of Art History, University of Chicago

https://caea.lib.uchicago.edu/eeaaw/

Imagining Sculpture - Bettman Lecture · 2020 - 2020 Keynote/Named Lecture Department of Art History and Archeology, Columbia University, New York, NY
Before Sculpture - Toward the Future: Museums and Art History in East Asia · 2019 - 2019 Lecture Comite International d'Histoire de l'Art Colloquium, Tokyo National Museum, Tokyo
What is Chinese Sculpture? - Historical Chinese Sculptures and the Ann Paludan Archive · 2019 - 2019 Keynote/Named Lecture National Museum of Scotland, Edinburgh
Moving Things - Freud's Chinese Things: Contexts and Interpretations, International Symposium · 2022 Lecture Freud Museum, London
The Beginnings of Chinese Sculpture - Exhibiting East Asian Art in the West · 2021 - 2021 Lecture The Center for the Art of East Asia, Department of Art History, University of Chicago

https://caea.lib.uchicago.edu/eeaaw/

Imagining Sculpture - Bettman Lecture · 2020 - 2020 Keynote/Named Lecture Department of Art History and Archeology, Columbia University, New York, NY
Before Sculpture - Toward the Future: Museums and Art History in East Asia · 2019 - 2019 Lecture Comite International d'Histoire de l'Art Colloquium, Tokyo National Museum, Tokyo
What is Chinese Sculpture? - Historical Chinese Sculptures and the Ann Paludan Archive · 2019 - 2019 Keynote/Named Lecture National Museum of Scotland, Edinburgh
Imagining Sculpture - VMPEA Workshop, Department of Art History · 2019 - 2019 Instructional Course, Workshop, or Symposium University of Chicago, Chicago
New Approaches to Contemporary Asian Art - Annual Conference · 2018 - 2018 International Meeting or Conference College Art Association, Los Angeles
Imagining Sculpture in China - Center for Chinese Studies Colloquium · 2018 - 2018 Lecture University of California, Berkeley,
Faithful Copies: On Replication and Creative Agency in Buddhist Art, Part II - Annual Conference · 2018 - 2018 International Meeting or Conference College Art Association, Los Angeles

Discussant

Xu Bing in North Carolina - Xu Bing Thought and Method Symposium · 2018 - 2018 Lecture Ullens Center for Contemporary Art, Beijing, China
Duplication in Chinese Sculpture - Burke Lectures · 2017 - 2017 Invited Talk Department of Art History, Indiana University, Bloomington
Towards a Theory of the Substitute in Chinese Sculpture - East Asia Art & Archaeology Research Seminar · 2017 - 2017 Invited Talk Department of Art & Archaeology, School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London
Duplicates and Copies in Chinese Sculpture - Percival David Foundation Annual Lecture · 2017 - 2017 Invited Talk British Museum, London
Duplication in Chinese Sculpture - Goldberg Lecture · 2017 - 2017 Invited Talk Department of Art History, Vanderbilt University
Sculpture: A Comparative History · 2016 Invited Talk Asia Art Archive, Hong Kong
Sculpture: A Comparative History · 2016 Invited Talk Asia Art Archive, Hong Kong,
Copies and Duplication in Chinese Sculpture · 2016 Invited Talk Department of Fine Arts, Chinese University of Hong Kong,
Locating World Art, Again - World Studies: Approaches, Paradigms, and Debates · 2016 - 2016 Invited Talk University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong
Copies and Duplication in Chinese Sculpture - New Perspectives on Buddhist Visual and Manuscript Cultures of the Silk Road · 2016 Invited Talk Georgetown University, Washington, D.C.
Discussant - "Dredging the Deep End: Expanding the Parameters of Chinese Art History" · 2016 Other Annual Meeting, Association for Asian Studies, Seattle
Moderator and Respondent - "Modernities in Korean Art" workshop · 2016 Other Nam Center for Korean Studies and History of Art Department, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor,
Imagining Sculpture in China · 2016 Invited Talk University of Texas, Austin,
Copies in Chinese Sculpture · 2016 Invited Talk Christie's Education, London,
Convernor, "Dislocations: Remapping Art Histories" - Tate Research Centre: Asia-Pacific · December 2015 Other Tate Modern, London
Bringing Asian Art to Berlin · August 19, 2015 Lecture Museum of Asian Art, Berlin, Germany
Eduard von der Heydt and the Museum Rietberg · August 16, 2015 Lecture Museum Rietberg, Zürich, Switzerland
Necessary Fictions: Imagining Sculpture in China · August 14, 2015 Lecture Museum of East Asian Art, Cologne, Germany
Osvald Sirén and Stockholm · August 11, 2015 Lecture Museum of Far Eastern Antiquities, Stockholm, Sweden
Problems of Small Northern Wei Stele from Shaanxi in Foreign Collections - Art, Archaeology and History: New Horizons in Researching and Rethinking Images · November 2014 Invited Talk National Institute for Advanced Humanistic Studies, Fudan University (Shanghai), Xi’an, China
The Copy in Chinese Buddhist Images · February 12, 2014 Lecture Leiden University
Innumerable Contexts · December 30, 2013 Lecture Buddhist Gallery Initiative Workshop, Freer Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.
Moving Buddha: Imagining Sculpture in China · November 10, 2013 Lecture Courtauld Institute of Art, London
Necessary Fictions: Imagining Sculpture in China · November 10, 2013 Lecture University of Minnesota–Twin Cities
Imagining Chinese Sculpture · June 5, 2013 Lecture Department of Art Research, Archives and Information Systems, National Research Institute for Cultural Properties, Tokyo, Japan
Moving Buddha: Chinese Sculpture and Global Modernity · May 14, 2013 Lecture Department of Fine Arts, National Taiwan Normal University, Taipei, Taiwan
Moving Buddha: The Discovery of Chinese Sculpture · April 18, 2013 Lecture Ellen Bayard Weedon Lecture, Fralin Museum of Art, University of Virginia
Earliest forms of Buddhist Imagery in China · October 19, 2012 Lecture Asian Art Museum, San Francisco
The Modern Moment of Chinese Sculpture · October 17, 2012 Lecture Seattle Art Museum
The Early Silk Road and Beyond · October 12, 2012 Lecture Asian Art Museum, San Francisco
Discussant for “The Reception of Antiquity” Conference · September 28, 2012 Lecture Institute for the Study of the Ancient World, New York University
Sculpture in the Golden Age of East Asian Art Collecting · March 16, 2012 Lecture “The Dragon and the Chrysanthemum: Collecting Chinese and Japanese Art in America” Symposium, The Frick Collection and Art Reference Library, New York
Discussant for "500 Luohan" Workshop · February 18, 2012 Lecture Center for Chinese Studies, Harvard University
Discussant for Symposium on the Conservation and Display of Buddhist Art · February 1, 2012 Lecture Pulitzer Foundation, St. Louis
The Modern Moments of Chinese Sculpture - Silberger Lecture · 2012 Invited Talk Institute of Fine Arts, New York
Moderator and Discussant for “Buddhist Art: Objects and Contexts” · November 10, 2011 Lecture Pulitzer Foundation of the Arts, St. Louis
The Modern Moment of Chinese Sculpture · November 6, 2011 Lecture National Museum of Korea, Seoul
Rockefeller Collecting: China and Beyond · October 17, 2011 Lecture Oberlin College
Discussant, "Art and Material Culture of the Northern Qi Period" symposium · June 4, 2011 Lecture Freer and Sackler Galleries of Art, Washington, D.C.
Discussant for panel “Revisiting Alexander Soper,” Association for Asian Studies Annual Meeting, Honolulu · April 3, 2011 Lecture
Order and Things: The Transformation of Chinese Objects into Sculpture · March 16, 2011 Lecture Cleveland Museum of Art
Order and Things: The Transformation of Chinese Objects into Sculpture · March 10, 2011 Lecture Ackland Art Museum
Déjà Vu Once Again: Old Collections and New Discoveries from Shaanxi Province · 2010 Lecture Institute of East Asian Art History, Universität Heidelberg,

Invited Lectures

Déjà Vu All Over Again: Old Collections and New Discoveries from Shaanxi · 2010 Lecture University of Chicago,

Invited Lectures

Locating World Art - Asia and Europe in a Global Context · 2010 Lecture Universität Heidelberg,

Invited Lectures

A Modern Taste for Chinese and Japanese Art - Forgotten Japonisme: The Taste for Japanese Art in Britain and the USA, 1920s–1950s · 2010 Lecture Research Centre for Transnational Art, Identity, Nation, Victoria and Albert Museum, London,

Invited Lectures

The Fuxian Style Once More · 2010 Lecture School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London,

Invited Lectures ; Lecture and seminar

Duplicates in Chinese Stone Sculpture - New Research on Buddhist Sculpture · 2010 Lecture Victoria and Albert Museum, London,

Invited Lectures ; International symposium

Order and Things: Art History and Chinese Sculpture · 2010 Lecture Institute of Art History, University of Glasgow,

Invited Lectures

Moving Buddha, Making Sculpture · 2010 Lecture Department of Art History and Archaeology, Seoul National University,

Invited Lectures

Duplicating and Reproducing Chinese Buddhist Sculpture · 2010 Lecture Department of Art History and Archaeology, Seoul National University,

Invited Lectures

Order and Things: Art History and Chinese Sculpture · 2010 Lecture School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London,

Invited Lectures ; Keynote lecture for the Training Workshop in Chinese Art and Archaeology

Figures of China—Transnational Perspectives - Global History and East Asia conference · 2009 Invited Talk Duke University,
Circa 1909: Moving Japanese and Chinese Sculpture to the United States - Circa 1909 Symposium, Museum für Ostasiatische Kunst, Köln · 2009 Invited Talk

Invited Lectures

China and Japan in Early Rockefeller Collecting · 2009 Lecture Research Centre for Transnational Art, Identity, Nation, University of the Arts, Chelsea College of Art & Design, London,

Invited Lectures

Discussant for panel “Bringing Chinese Art to the West: Duanfang and an Early 20th-Century Network of Dealers, Collectors, and Scholars” - Association for Asian Studies Annual Meeting, Atlanta · 2008 Invited Talk
Introduction and discussant at the preview for the exhibition "Treasures Rediscovered: Chinese Stone Sculpture from the Sackler Collections at Columbia University" · 2008 Invited Talk Miriam and Ira D. Wallach Art Gallery, Columbia University
Locating World Art - (World) Art? Art History and Global Practice · 2008 Lecture Northwestern University,

Invited Lectures

Service to the Profession


Member, Advisory Board - Sculpture Journal · 2022 - 2026 Editorial Activities Liverpool University Press,
Member - External Review Committee, Art History Program · 2017 - 2017 Committee Service University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN
Member - Peer Review Panel, NEH Fellowships · 2017 - 2017 Committee Service National Endowment for the Humanities,
Member - Academic Advisory Committee · 2016 - 2019 Committee Service Tate Modern Research Centre: Asia,
Member - Academic Advisory Committee · 2013 - 2016 Other Tate Modern Research Centre: Asia Pacific,

Professional Activities

Member, Advisory Board - Sculpture Journal · 2022 - 2026 Editorial Activities Liverpool University Press,
Member - External Review Committee, Art History Program · 2017 - 2017 Committee Service University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN
Member - Peer Review Panel, NEH Fellowships · 2017 - 2017 Committee Service National Endowment for the Humanities,
Member - Academic Advisory Committee · 2016 - 2019 Committee Service Tate Modern Research Centre: Asia,
Member - Academic Advisory Committee · 2013 - 2016 Other Tate Modern Research Centre: Asia Pacific,

Professional Activities

Reviewer - Mellon/ACLS Dissertation Completion Fellowship · 2013 - 2015 Consulting American Council of Learned Societies,

Professional Activities

Editor in Chief and Chair of the Editorial Board · 2011 - 2018 Other Archives of Asian Art,

Professional Activities ; Archives of Asian Art, founded in 1945 and published by the Asia Society, is one of three major scholarly journals of Asian art in English. As Editor as well as Chair of the Editorial Board. I am responsible for the contents and organization of two issues per year as well as the overall operation of the journal and its publication by the University of Hawai'i Press.

Member : Editorial Board, Cross-Currents: East Asian History and Culture Review · 2011 - 2016 Other

Service to Duke


Director of Graduate Studies (Program) · 2023 - 2024 Committee Service
Director · July 2020 - December 2020 Other MFA in Experiemtal and Documentary Arts,
Director of Graduate Studies · 2020 - 2021 Other Department of Art Art History and Visual Studies,
Director of Graduate Studies . Department of Art, Art History & Visual Studies · 2016 - 2019 Other
Executive Committee of the Graduate Faculty (School) · 2014 - 2016 Committee Service Graduate School,
Director of Graduate Studies (Program) · 2023 - 2024 Committee Service
Director · July 2020 - December 2020 Other MFA in Experiemtal and Documentary Arts,
Director of Graduate Studies · 2020 - 2021 Other Department of Art Art History and Visual Studies,
Director of Graduate Studies . Department of Art, Art History & Visual Studies · 2016 - 2019 Other
Executive Committee of the Graduate Faculty (School) · 2014 - 2016 Committee Service Graduate School,
University Priorities Committee (University) · 2010 - 2012 Committee Service Office of the President,
Director . MFA in Experimental and Documentary Arts · 2010 - 2011 Other
Executive Committee (School) · 2008 - 2010 Committee Service Arts & Sciences Council,
Director . Arts of the Moving Image · 2008 - 2012 Other
Arts & Sciences Council (School) · 2007 - 2011 Committee Service
Editorial Advisory Board (University) · 2002 - 2008 Committee Service Duke University Press,
Director of Graduate Studies · 2002 - 2003 Other Department of Art and Art History,