Xin  Wu

Associate Professor

Office : Andrews Hall 209
Phone: (757) 221-2530
Email: : [[xwu]]
Areas of Specialization: East Asian Art, garden & landscape studies, intellectual history and historical geography

Professor Conan-Wu’s teaching and research bridge art history and contemporary inquiries, with a focus on the visual arts and landscape cultures of East Asia and their exchange with the Western traditions from a comparative perspective. The main interest of her scholarship rests upon the representation of nature, in its two-dimensional forms of paintings, prints and maps, and three-dimensional forms of gardens, environmental art and designed landscapes. She is the author of Reconstruction of Modernity: the House & Garden Commission (Dumbarton Oaks / Harvard University Press, 2007) and Patricia Johanson and the Re-Invention of Public Environmental Art, 1958–2010 (Routledge, 2013 & 2017), which explore how the engagement with the visual arts, and Chinese philosophy of and Native American attitudes to nature, achieved a breakthrough in post-WWII art. Her two edited volumes purposefully connect historical studies with present-day concern in The Realm of Mountain-and-Water: Gardens and Landscapes in Chinese Culture (SDX Joint Publishing, 2015) and The New Art of Landscape: Conversations between Xin Wu and Contemporary Designers (China Architecture & Building Press, 2012). She has received research awards from the Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts (National Gallery), John W. Kluge Center (Library of Congress) and Graham Foundation, and is now completing a new single-authored book: The Lure of Supreme Joy: Pedagogy and Place-making in the Neo-Confucian Academies of the Southern Song. She is a member of Asia and Middle East Studies (AMES) and Environmental Studies (ENSP). Student research on East Asian art and global environmental art are welcome.

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