Issues about materiality and reception have informed my teaching and research, due partly to the experience of working in museums. My research interests are in the art of late imperial China and contemporary art. My current project is on the artist Fei Danxu and how the historical dimension of his paintings of women and male portraiture may contribute to the understanding of gender relationship and the practice of collecting in early nineteenth-century China.
Selected Presentations, Publications, and Workshops:
“The intersection of painters of women, women artists, and literate women in late imperial China,” Mid-West Conference on Asian Affairs, Ohio State University, October 1-3, 2010.
“Pictorial narratives about women in Ming and Qing China—The interplay of meaning and familiarity,” Rethinking Visual Narratives from Asia: Intercultural and Comparative Perspectives, University of Hong Kong, June 8-9, 2009
“The matrix of collecting: Fashioning identity in early nineteenth-century China,” College Art Association Annual Conference, Dallas, TX February 20-23, 2008.
Lee, Marion and Thomas Beischer, “Plasti(City) of Material and Meaning: Shirley Tse’s Forms of Identity,” Global Babel: Questions of Discourse and Communication in a Time of Globalization, ed. Samir Dayal and Margueritte Murphy. Newcastle-upon-Tyne, UK: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2007.
“Pleasure and Pain,” Phoebus 9. Tempe: Arizona State University, Department of Art, 2006.
Workshop co-convened: Icons of Complexity: Ritual Art Collections and the Questions of History, Ohio University, June 22-24, 2008.