【Arts and Humanities Conversations at CUHK】Episode 1 – Hong Kong Impressions: Re-imagine Our City through Art and Stories


24 Oct 2020


10am HKT


Online via Zoom

Prof. Josh Yiu, Director, Art Museum, CUHK Mr. Mark R. Barnekow, Executive Director, The University of Chicago Francis and Rose Yuen Campus in Hong Kong
Biography of Speaker:

Prof. Josh Yiu
Prof. Josh Yiu is the Director of the Art Museum, The Chinese University of Hong Kong. He received his B.A. in Art History from the University of Chicago, and completed his doctorate at Oxford University. From 2006 to 2013, he served as the Foster Foundation Curator of Chinese Art at the Seattle Art Museum. At CUHK, he has supervised over thirty special exhibitions, acquired over 400 artworks, digitized the collection, launched online education programs, and initiated the museum expansion project. A scholar in late imperial and modern Chinese art with over twenty publications in books and articles, he also serves as an advisor to the Hong Kong Arts Development Council and international consultant to the National Art Museum of China.

Mark R. Barnekow
As Executive Director of the University of Chicago Francis and Rose Yuen Campus in Hong Kong, Mark is the primary liaison to the University of Chicago and Chicago Booth for all aspects of the Yuen Campus in Hong Kong. He coordinates with the University of Chicago and Centers in Beijing and Delhi to drive overall strategy for the Asia Pacific Region. Always active in the arts, Mark founded Contempor’ati, a non-profit arts organization based in San Francisco, which shares the lives and works of international artists from Asia, Europe, South American and the United States with arts institutions globally. Contempor’ati has a unique expertise in the Chinese diaspora artists in the United States.


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Free and open to public, the Arts and Humanities Conversation at CUHK series bring academics and researchers together to explore our diverse cultures, languages, traditions and heritages. The conversations engage students, educators, researchers, and anyone who are interested in arts and human culture in Hong Kong and beyond.

Once known as the 'Riviera of the Orient,' Hong Kong's natural scenery inspired generations of artists. Trekking to rural areas without the modern convenience of subway, artists of yesteryear also contributed to the rise of local tourism with their unconventional perspectives on various sites. Join Mark Barnekow and Josh Yiu to look at incredible paintings of Hong Kong by both renowned and forgotten artists, and check out their instagram-worthy hideouts.


Moderator: Prof. Ian Morley
Ian Morley is an Associate Professor based in the Department of History at the Chinese University of Hong Kong. His research focuses upon the design of the built fabric in the Philippines during the American colonial era. His publications include Cities and Nationhood: American Imperialism and Urban Design, 1898-1916 (University of Hawai’i Press, 2018) and American Colonisation and the City Beautiful: Filipinos and Planning in the Philippines, 1916-35 (Routledge, 2019), the latter being awarded the 2020 International Planning History Society Koos Bosma Prize in Planning History Innovation. He currently serves as a member of the editorial board for the journal Planning Perspectives.