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Kristen Loring Brennan

Associate Professor II of Art History
Fine Arts Division, Seaver College
CAC 206

Biography

Kristen Loring Brennan is associate professor of art history at Pepperdine University. She earned her BA from Middlebury College, MA from Harvard University, and PhD from University of California, Los Angeles. An expert on eighteenth-century Chinese painting, her publications examine gender and social status in late imperial China. She recently published the monograph, Hua Yan (1682–1756) and the Making of the Artist in Early Modern China (Brill, 2020), and also co-edited a volume with Lara C.W. Blanchard, Gender, Continuity, and the Shaping of Modernity in the Arts of East Asia, 16th­­–20th Centuries (Brill, 2017). Her research appears in journals including Word & Image, Archives of Asian Art, Artibus Asiae, Visual Resources, and Art History Pedagogy and Practice. She is currently working on a project concerning gender and ethnicity in contemporary couture. In addition to courses on East Asian art, she teaches in the foundational World Art History curriculum as well as seminars exploring global topics in art history. She is also a contributing editor for East Asia at the not-for-profit Smarthistory.org, an open educational resource that aims to make art history accessible to all.

Education

  • PhD in Art History, University of California, Los Angeles, 2011
  • MA in Regional Studies, East Asia, Harvard University, 2003
  • BA in International Studies, Middlebury College, 2000
  • Kristen Loring Chiem, Hua Yan (1682–1756) and the Making of the Artist in Early Modern China (Leiden: Brill, 2020).
  • Kristen L. Chiem, "Possessing the King of Flowers, and Other Things at the Qing Court," Word & Image, no.4 (2018): 388–406.
  • Kristen L. Chiem and Lara C. W. Blanchard, eds. Gender, Continuity, and the Shaping of Modernity in the Arts of East Asia, 16th­­–20th Centuries (Leiden; Boston: Brill, 2017).
  • Kristen L. Chiem and Lara C. W. Blanchard, Introduction to Gender, Continuity, and the Shaping of Modernity in the Arts of East Asia, 16th­­–20th Centuries, edited by Lara C. W. Blanchard and Kristen L. Chiem (Leiden; Boston: Brill, 2017).
  • Kristen L. Chiem, "Beauty under the Willow Tree: Picturing Virtuous Women in Nineteenth-Century China," in Gender, Continuity, and the Shaping of Modernity in the Arts of East Asia, 16th­­–20th Centuries, edited by Lara C. W. Blanchard and Kristen L. Chiem (Leiden; Boston: Brill, 2017).
  • Kristen Chiem, "Painting, Peonies, and Ming Loyalism in Qing Dynasty China, 1644-1795," Archives of Asian Art 67, no.1 (2017): 83-109.
  • Kristen Chiem, "Reconsidering Gender Realms: The Garden as Site and Setting in Late Imperial Shanghai," in Women, Gender, and Art in Asia, 1600-1900, edited by Melia Belli Bose (Oxon and New York: Routledge Press, 2016): 297-321.
  • Aditi Chandra; Leda Cempellim; Kristen Chiem; Abigail Lapin Dardashti; Radha J. Dalal; Ellen Kenney; Sadia Pasha Kamran; Nina Murayama; and James P. Elkins, "Looking Beyond the Canon: Localized and Globalized Perspectives in Art History Pedagogy," Art History Pedagogy & Practice 1, no. 1 (December 2016): 1-48. http://academicworks.cuny.edu/ahpp/vol1/iss1/2
  • Kristen Chiem and Cynthia S. Colburn, "Global Foundations for a World Art History," Visual Resources 31, no. 3-4 (2015): 177-199.
  • Chiem, Kristen. "Picturing Common Ground: Art beyond Eighteenth-Century Yangzhou," Artibus Asiae 73.1 (2013), 181-218.
  • Wu Hung and Peggy Wang. Contemporary Chinese Art: Primary Documents. New York: Museum of Modern Art, 2010. Translation.
  • Lin, Lina. "From Sitting on Mats to Sitting on Furniture: The Evolution of Chinese Furniture from the Han and Tang Periods through the Five Dynasties." Bulletin of the Oriental Ceramic Society of Hong Kong 15 (2007-2012): 30-40. Translation.
  • Kristen E. Loring, "Illustrious Icons and Flower Garlands: Defining Buddhist Imagery in Eighteenth-Century Yangzhou Painting." In The Lifestyle and Entertainment in Yangzhou, edited by Vibeke Børdahl and Lucie Olivova. Copenhagen: The Nordic Institute of Asian Studies Press, 2008.
  • National Endowment for the Humanities, Pilot Course Grant, 2015-2017
  • Smarthistory at Khan Academy Travel Fellowship, funded by Andrew A. Mellon Foundation, 2016
  • Seaver Research Council, Research Grant, 2015-2016
  • Fine Arts Division Endowed Fellow, Pepperdine University, 2013-2014 & 2014-2015
  • Dean's Research Grant, Pepperdine University, 2012
  • Summer Undergraduate Research Program, Pepperdine University, 2012 & 2014
  • Lenart Internship, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, Summer 2008
  • Edward A. Dickson History of Art Fellowship, UCLA, 2007-2008
  • Fulbright-IIE Fellowship, Taipei, Taiwan, 2006-2007
  • Edward A. Dickson History of Art Fellowship, UCLA, 2005-2006
  • UCLA Graduate Summer Research Mentorship Fellowship, Summer 2005
  • Title VI National Resource Fellowship, Classical Chinese Language Level V, Summer 2004
  • Andrew Mellon Fellowship, 2003-2004
  • Institute of Connoisseurship in Chinese Painting and Calligraphy Fellowship, Washington D.C., sponsored by the Henry Luce Foundation, Summer 2003
  • Title VI National Resource Fellowship, Japanese Language Level II, Summer 2002
  • International Studies Award, Middlebury College, Spring 2000
  • Kristen Loring Chiem, "Recasting the King of Flowers in Late Imperial China," invited lecture at The Center for East Asian Garden Studies, The Huntington Library, Art Museum, and Botanical Gardens, October 17, 2019.
  • Kristen Chiem, "Seditious Words, Innocuous Images? Qing Literary Inquisitions and the Visual Realm," for the panel, "Circumventing Censorship in Global Eighteenth-Century Visual Culture," at the Annual Meeting of the College Art Association, February 2018.
  • Lauren Kilroy-Ewbank and Kristen Chiem, co-chairs: "Circumventing Censorship in Global Eighteenth-Century Visual Culture," conference panel at the Annual Meeting of the College Art Association, February 2018.
  • Kristen Chiem, "Mediating the West/Non-West Divide: What is the Significance of Art to Humanity?" conference paper for the panel entitled, "Teaching Western and Non-Western Art and Art History: Starting a Global Conversation," at the Annual Meeting of the College Art Association, February 2016.
  • Kristen Chiem, "Lessons from the Garden: Discussing Gender in Eighteenth-Century Chinese Art," conference paper for the panel entitled, "Classroom as Coffeehouse: Encouraging Critical Thinking and Debate in Discussion of Primary Sources," at the Annual Meeting of the American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies, March 2015.
  • Kristen Chiem, "Pleasures of the Past: Reconstructing a Garden Pavilion in Shanghai," conference paper for the panel entitled, "Constructions and Representations of Space in Qing and Republican China," at the Annual Meeting of the Association for Asian Studies, March 2013.
  • Kristen Chiem and Cynthia Colburn, "Globalization and the Art History Survey," conference paper for the Art Historians of Southern California panel entitled, "State of the Field: Non-Western Art," at the Annual Meeting of the College Art Association, February 2013.
  • Kristen Chiem and Cynthia Colburn, co-chairs: "The State of the Discipline: Non-Western Art," conference panel of the Art Historians of Southern California panel at the Annual Meeting of the College Art Association, February 2013.
  • Kristen Chiem, invited participant at the workshop, "International 18th Century and the History of Art," held at the Getty Research Institute, October 2012.
  • Kristen Loring, "Revisiting Sites, Localizing Memory: Hua Yan's (1682–1756) Landscape Paintings," presented at the panel entitled, "Lieux de Mémoire in Asian Art," at the Annual Meeting of the Association of Asian Studies, 2010.

Topics

  • Chinese garden imagery 
  • Early modern painting in China
  • Gender and social status in Chinese visual culture

Courses

  • Art and Faith in Asia GSFA 199
  • Why Art? GSFA 199
  • World Art History II ARTH 300
  • Chinese Art ARTH 446
  • Korean Art ARTH 448
  • Senior Thesis ARTH 490
  • Special Topics: Japanese Art ARTH 492