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The Making of a Medium: Borrowing Views from Painting and Fiction in Early Modern Chinese Garden Design

The Huntington Library hosts a talk on the first Chinese works to consider garden design an art.

February 20, 2020 7:30pm to 8:30pm

S.E. Kile, assistant professor of Chinese literature at the University of Michigan, examines the first two Chinese works that considered garden design as an art: Ji Cheng's Yuanye (Fashioning Gardens, 1631–34) and Li Yu's Xianqing ouji (Leisure Notes, 1671). By excavating the garden's relationship to other art forms, Kile presents an account of the garden as a medium of artistic expression in early modern China.