The international journal Kritika Kultura will feature University of the Philippines-Diliman art studies scholar Dr. Patrick Flores’s “Ornaments of Interior in the Orient and the Possessions of Painting” on March 11, 2013, 4:30 p.m., at SEC-C 201, Ateneo de Manila University. This is the sixth installment of Kritika Kultura’s Global Classroom Series.
Flores’s abstract reads: “This paper is an iconographic study of Southeast Asian painting in the nineteenth century as a vessel of objects which circulated across the globe and as object itself which marked the prestige of persons who enabled this circulation. It draws the link between the image of the object, the facture of the object, and the maker of the object as moments of becoming or emergence in the world at this time. It tries to reflect on how the aesthetic of painting is intimately related to the ethic of belonging to this global passage and the affect of possession that is its co-incident in an orient of patrons and painters who were becoming visible through art and its many modes of exposition.”
Flores is Professor of Art Studies at the Department of Art Studies at the University of the Philippines, which he chaired from 1997 to 2003, and Curator of the Vargas Museum in Manila. He is Adjunct Curator at the National Art Gallery, Singapore. He was one of the curators of Under Construction: New Dimensions in Asian Art in 2000 and the Gwangju Biennale (Position Papers) in 2008. He was a Visiting Fellow at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC in 1999 and an Asian Public Intellectuals Fellow in 2004. Among his publications are Painting History: Revisions in Philippine Colonial Art (1999); Remarkable Collection: Art, History, and the National Museum (2006); and Past Peripheral: Curation in Southeast Asia (2008). He was a grantee of the Asian Cultural Council (2010) and a member of the Advisory Board of the exhibition The Global Contemporary: Art Worlds After 1989 (2011) organized by the Center for Art and Media in Karlsruhe, and member of the Guggenheim Museum’s Asian Art Council (2011). He co-edited the Southeast Asian issue with Joan Kee for Third Text (2011).
The lecture is the sixth of a series of eight, featuring top-tier scholars in the humanities and the social sciences who will address compelling questions around the topic “Contingencies of Meanings” which concern university students and scholars alike in today’s fast-changing and globalizing world.
The Global Classroom Series, which began last November 2012 and will run to March 2013, promises to be both international and interdisciplinary. Aside from Flores, the following scholars will be featured in succeeding sessions: Prof. Vicente Rafael (University of Washington, Seattle), and Prof. Oscar Campomanes (Ateneo de Manila University).
Prof. Joel David, who lectured on “Phantoms from Paradise: Philippine Presences in Non-Pinoy Cinemas,” kicked off the series last November 23, 2012. Following him were Prof. Richard Chu, who delivered the paper, “From ‘Sangley’ to ‘Tsinoy’: What it Means to be ‘Chinese’ in the Philippines,” and Dr. Ramon Guillermo, who delivered the lecture, “A Discussion of Some Approaches in Computer-Aided Translation Analysis: Jose Rizal’s Translation of Schiller’s Wilhelm Tell.” Film scholar Bliss Cua Lim of University of California, Irvine delivered “From Pito-Pito to Indie: Neoliberal Rationality in Two Films by Jeffrey Jeturian.” Last Feb. 11, 2013, Kyoto University’s Caroline Hau lectured on the topic “Transnational Flows and Movements in the Making of Nation and Region in East Asia.”