Are artists anthropologists /Are anthropologists artists?
Speaker：Michael Oppitz Time：July 2, 2019 19:00 – 21:00 Venue: South Hotel (77 Hanzhongmen St, Jianye District, Nanjing) Hosted by Moonchu Foundation and South Hotel
At the beginning of the 20th century, visual artists in Europe stormed the newly established ethnographic museums. They were fascinated by the forms and shapes of indigenous peoples' artistic expressions, which for these usually were part of ritual or religious practice. This fascination had been termed primitivism. But the fascination for African, Oceanic and North American Indian aesthetics is in fact as old as the discovery of these regions by western explorers. European artists of the 15th - 18th centuries were thus already dealing in their works with anthropological and ethnographical subjects. The lecture presents a few examples of this relationship and continues to take a glance at such influences down to the late 20th century.
Speaker: Michael Oppitz
Born in Silesia, classical education in Cologne; studies in Berkeley, Bonn and Cologne; PhD on the history of structural anthropology; habilitation on kinship theory; teaching at Sorbonne University Paris, University of Texas, University of Berlin, professor of anthropology at Zurich University；Director of Ethnographic Museum Zurich, emeritus since 2008.
Field work in Nepal 1965-2010 on social and religious life of hill tribes; research in Yunnan with Naxi and in Sichuan with Qiang; many books on kinship, local history, religion and mythology of these tribal societies; documentary films; articles on avant-garde art movements. Special fields of interest: ethnography, visual anthropology, mythology, art, semiology.