Winston C Kyan portrait
  • Director of Graduate Studies, Asian Studies
  • Associate Professor, Art/Art History Department

Research Summary

I am currently engaged in researching and publishing on three distinct, but interrelated areas within my field of art history, including traditional Buddhist art of Asia, Buddhist visual culture of the Asian diaspora, and Buddhism inspired contemporary Asian art.

Education

  • PhD, Art History, University of Chicago
  • MA, Art History, University of Chicago
  • BA, Comparative Literature, Brown University

Selected Publications

Book Manuscript

Debts of the Body: Filial Figuration and Chinese Buddhist Art, Late 5th to Early 13thCenturies.

In preparation for review.

 

Peer Reviewed Publications

Journal Articles  

1)   “The Buddhist Resistance of Zhang Huan’s Pagoda(2009).” Art Journal Open, published by the College Art Association (7,200 words). http://artjournal.collegeart.org

Published

 

2)   “Electric Pagodas and Hyphenate Gates: Folklore, Folklife, and the Architecture of Chinatown,” Amerasia Journal 39: 2 (July 2013): 25-47. 

Published

 

3)   “Family Space: Buddhist Materiality and Ancestral Fashioning in Mogao Cave 231,” The Art Bulletin92: 1-2 (March/June 2010): 61-82.

Published

 

Book Chapters

1)    “Female Bodily Sacrifice and the Absence of Men: Representing Filial Offspring in Song, Jin, and Liao Tombs,” in Refiguring East Asian Religious Art: Buddhist Devotion and Ancestor Veneration. Chicago: Center for the Art of East Asia, University of Chicago; and Art Media Resources. (12,916 words)

In production with expected publication date of Winter 2019

 

2)   “Representing Childhood in Chinese Buddhism: The SujatiJatakain Text and Image.” In Little Buddhas, edited by Vanessa Sasson, 157-182. New York: Oxford University Press, 2013.

Published

 

3)   “Folklore and the Visual Culture of Burmese America: Domestic Buddhist Practices and the Dhammananda Monastery,” in Asian American Identities and Practices: Folkloric Expressions in Everyday Life, edited by Jonathan H.X. Lee and Kathleen Nadeau, 15-25. Lanham, MD: Lexington Books/Rowman and Littlefield, 2014.

Published

 

Essays, Catalogs, and Interviews        

1)   “Ancestor Portraits in Mogao Cave 231, Dunhuang, Gansu Province, People’s Republic of China.” Object Narrative, Initiative for the Study of Material and Visual Cultures of Religion, Yale University. Sally Promey, director. Peer reviewed website (posted December, 2013, http://mavcor.yale.edu/conversations/object-narratives/ancestor-portraits-mogao-cave-231). 1,147 words. Published

 

2)   Zhang Huan: 49 Days.Text by Winston Kyan, 5-8. Los Angeles: Blum and Poe, 2011. Published

 

3)   “Folklore and Asian American Visual Culture.” In Encyclopedia of Asian American Folklore and Folklife(3 vols.), edited by Jonathan H.X. Lee and Kathleen Nadeau, (vol. 1) 54-58. Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-CLIO, 2011. Published

 

4)   “Artist, System, Culture – On the Anthropology of Contemporary Chinese Art: An Interview with Wu Hung,” Yishu: A Journal of Contemporary Chinese Art9, no. 2 (March/April 2010): 65-73. Published

 

5)    “Historiography of Chinese Art.” In Grove Art Encyclopedia, Oxford Art Online. Judith Rodenbeck, editor-in-chief. New York: Oxford University Press. Peer reviewed bibliographic essay. @6000 words. In preparation for review.

 

6)    “Dunhuang Caves.” In Oxford Bibliographies Online: Buddhism. Richard Payne, editor-in-chief. New York: Oxford University Press. Peer reviewed bibliographic essay. @6000 words. In preparation for review.

 

7)    “Buddhism and Filial Piety.” In Oxford Bibliographies Online: Buddhism. Richard Payne, editor-in-chief. New York: Oxford University Press. Peer reviewed bibliographic essay. @6000 words. In preparation for review.

 

Book Reviews

1)   Review of Pattern and Person: Ornament, Society, and Self in Classical China, by Martin J. Powers. Cambridge, Mass: Harvard University Asia Center, 2006. In Journal of Asian Studies68, no. 1, (February 2009): 277-278. Published

 

2)   Review of Reinventing the Wheel: Paintings of Rebirth in Medieval Buddhist Temples, by Stephen F. Teiser. Seattle: University of Washington Press, 2007. In caa.reviews(posted January 31, 2008: http://www.caareviews.org/reviews/1079). 1,575 words. Published

 

3)   Review of Mirror of Morality: Chinese Narrative Illustration and Confucian Ideology, by Julia K. Murray. Honolulu: University of Hawai’i Press, 2007. In Journal of Chinese Religions, no. 35 (2007): 178-180. Published

 

Reprinted and Translated Publications

1)   “Arts and Crafts in Burmese America.” In the Encyclopedia of Asian American Folklore and Folklife(3 vols.), edited by Jonathan H.X. Lee and Kathleen Nadeau, (vol. 1) 134-35. Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-CLIO, 2011. (Reprinted from “Folklore and Asian American Visual Culture” with permission of the editors and publisher)

 

2)   “Domestic Religious Practices in Burmese America.” In the Encyclopedia of Asian American Folklore and Folklife(3 vols.), edited by Jonathan H.X. Lee and Kathleen Nadeau, (vol. 1) 135-36. Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-CLIO, 2011 (Reprinted from “Folklore and Asian American Visual Culture” with publisher’s permission)