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Elizabeth Kindall

Associate Professor
B.A., Missouri State University
M.A., Ph.D., University of Kansas
44 N. Cleveland Ave.
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Specialization: Chinese Art

Elizabeth Kindall's research focus is Chinese art, specifically Chinese painting from the fourteenth to the eighteenth centuries. Her current projects investigate the functional visual experiences captured in certain paintings of real places through examinations of their distinctive topographical vocabulary and site-specific views.



Geo-Narratives of a Filial Son: The Paintings of Huang Xiangjian (1609-1673), Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Asia Center, forthcoming, 2015.


"Experiential Readings and the Grand View: Mount Jizu by Huang Xiangjian (1609-1673)," The Art Bulletin (September 2012), no. 3: 412-436 .

"Envisioning a Monastery: A Seventeenth-Century Buddhist Fund-Raising Appeal Album," T'oung Pao 97 (2011) 104-159.

"Visual Experience in Late-Ming Suzhou 'Honorific' and 'Famous Sites' Paintings," Ars Orientalis 36 (2009) 137-177.

"The Paintings of Huang Xiangjian's Filial Journey to the Southwest," Artibus Asiae 67 (2007), no. 2: 297-357.

Works in Progress

“Geo-Narrative in Seventeenth-Century China.” In The Itineraries of Art: Topographies of Artistic Mobility in Europe and Asia 1500-1900. Edited by Karin Gludovatz, Juliane Noth, and Joachim Rees. Berliner Schriften zur Kunst. Munich: Wilhelm Fink Publishers, forthcoming.

“Painting a Dual Biography.” In Representing Lives in East Asia: Biography in Korea and China, 1400-1900Edited by Ihor Pidhainy, Adam Bohnet, Roger DesForges, and Grace Fong. Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press, forthcoming.


Co-curator, "The Lady at the Window: Figure Painting in the Qing Dynasty," Berkeley Art Museum, University of California, Fall 2001.

Papers, Conferences and Symposia

"Huang Xiangjian (1609-1673):  Painting a Dual Biography," Biography in East Asia, 1400-1900," Institute of Asian Research, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, British Columbia, June 28-29, 2013

"Geo-Narrative in Seventeenth-Century China," DFG Research Group "Transcultural Negotiations in the Ambits of Art," International Conference "The Itineraries of Art."  Topographies of Artistic Mobility in Europe and Asia, 1500-1900," Freie Universität Berlin, May 23-25, 2013

"A Geo-Narrative of Southwest China as Pictorial Biography" in the panel "Place, Praxis and Representation in Ming China," Association for Asian Studies Annual Conference, San Diego, California, March 24, 2013

Discussant, "Place, Memory, and Visuality in Chinese Painting," Association for Asian Studies Annual Conference, Toronto, Canada, March 16, 2012.

"Art Historical Field Notes: The Experience of 'The Site'." College Art Association Annual Meeting, New York City, February 10, 2011

"The Filial Son of Suzhou: Huang Xiangjian," Suzhou Museum, Suzhou China, June 20, 2009.

"The Filial Campaign of Huang Xiangjian," Midwest Conference on Asian Affairs, St. Olaf College and Carleton College, October 11, 2008.

"Recreating the Pilgrimage Experience in Seventeenth-Century Chinese Painting: Circumambulating Mount Jizu," guest lecture, Missouri State University, April 20, 2007.

"Local Geography in a 1656 Painting of Mount Jizu," paper delivered at the International Symposium on Chinese Local History, Salt Lake City, Utah, November 5, 2004.

Research Grants

James P. Geiss Foundation Publication Subvention Award, 2014.

Association for Asian Studies First Book Subvention Award, 2014.

CAA Millard Meiss Fund Subvention Award, 2014.                                    

Research Grant, University of St. Thomas, 2011.

Graduate Research Team Grant, University of St. Thomas, 2011.

Junior Scholar Grant, Chiang Ching-kuo Foundation for International Scholarly Exchange, 2010 

Research Travel Grant, Universitiy of Utah Department of Art and Art History, 2005

Dissertation Research Grant, Asian Cultural Council, 2004

Dissertation Research Grant, Metropolitan Center for Far Eastern Art Studies, Tokyo, 1999-2000

Louise Wallace Hackney Fellowship for the Study of Chinese Art, American Oriental Society, 1998-1999

Courses Offered

Chinese Painting; Buddhist Art; Chinese Sculpture and Architecture.

Sample Seminars: Shanghai Modern!; Chinese Pictorial Narrative; Painting and Place in China; Art and Politics in China


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