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Please print out this schedule of Japanese Art Society events for reference. (Click on Print icon at right and use the print function of your browser.) You may also refer to the Newsletter's listing of JASA events. If you wish to receive reminders by E mail, please contact our Membership Coordinator, Christy Laidlaw. Lectures are open to the public and free of charge. Please note: The New York University Institute of Fine Arts requests that all members who plan to attend its events contact its hotline at (212) 992-5803 or E-mail IFA.Events@nyu.edu. For all regional events, we would appreciate advance notice of attendance. Please contact the Membership Coordinator.


January

WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 13, 6 p.m.

The Marymount School
1026 Fifth Avenue, between 83rd and 84th Streets

New York, New York

Daughters of the Samurai: A Journey from East to West and Back

Join us for a talk by noted author, Janice P. Nimura, on how she found her way to this story, its historical background, the selections of the young women, their journey, their childhoods in Georgetown and New Haven, their educations at Vassar and Bryn Mawr, the challenges they faced when uprooted once again and returned to Japan, and the eventual triumph of founding Tsuda College.

If you would like to attend, please register at JASA 011316 Nimura Lecture; click the Register Now! button and fill out the registration form. If you have any questions. please contact Christy Laidlaw, Membership Coordinator, at japaneseartsoc@yahoo.com or (917) 658-3955.


WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 20, 6:30 p.m.

Rubin Museum of Art Theater
150 West 17th Street

New York, New York

The Face of Heaven, the Face of Hell: the Iconography of Noh Masks 

Collector and author Stephen Marvin will speak on the symbolism and iconography of Noh masks, specifically on how the individual features and stylistic devices of each mask type define its persona for the stage. The lecture will be preceded by a private tour of the special exhibition, “Becoming Another, The Power of Masks,” with exhibition curator, Jan van Alphen. See more information about the exhibition at the Rubin Museum of Art web site.

Reservations are required and limited to JASA members. Fee: $15 per person. If you would like to attend, please register at 012016 Rubin Museum Lecuture and Tour; click the Register Now! button and fill out the registration form.If you have any questions, please contact Christy Laidlaw, Membership Coordinator, at japaneseartsoc@yahoo.com or (917) 658-3955.


February

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 12

Los Angeles, California

LOS ANGELES EVENT

JASA is pleased to announce a one-day excursion to Los Angeles to see an important Japanese print exhibition at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) and two fascinating Japanese photography shows at the Getty Center.

The day will begin at the Getty, where photography curator Amanda Maddox will take us through “Ishiuchi Miyako: Postwar Shadows,” the first U.S .exhibition of this pioneering photographer’s seminal oeuvre. We will also tour the accompanying photography exhibition, “The Younger Generation: Contemporary Japanese Photography.”

In the afternoon, we will visit LACMA, where Japanese art curator Hollis Goodall will take us through “Living for the Moment: Japanese Prints from the Barbara S. Bowman Collection.” Over 100 prints are featured in this exhibition of transformative promised gifts of Japanese works to LACMA. Included are examples of rare early ukiyo-e prints; superior works from the golden age of that art form at the end of the 18th century by Suzuki Harunobu, Kitagawa Utamaro, and Katsukawa Shunshō; and 19th-century prints by such great masters as Utagawa Hiroshige, Katsushika Hokusai, Utagawa Kuniyoshi and others.

It is being organized by San Diego–based JASA board member Wilson Grabill. There is no charge for the trip; however, attendees are responsible for museum admissions, lunch on their own at the Getty and making their own travel and transportation arrangements. Ride sharing is encouraged. Hotel recommendations will be provided on request. There is an optional prix-fixe dinner for participants at Ray's, a fine-dining restaurant at LACMA. Cost is $95. Sign-up and payment in advance is necessary for the dinner. 

Reservations required. Tour limited to 20 JASA members, first come, first served. Register at 021216 LA EVENT; click the Register Now! button and fill out the registration form.If you have any questions, please contact Christy Laidlaw, Membership Coordinator, at japaneseartsoc@yahoo.com or (917) 658-3955.


THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 18, 6 p.M.

Please note: This venue address has changed.

The Marymount School
2 East 82nd Street
New York, New York

Streams and Mountains without End: The Legacy of Sherman E. Lee

Marjorie Williams, Senior Director for Endowment Development in the Division of Institutional Advancement, Cleveland Museum of Art, to lecture on Sherman Lee and Japanese art that will feature the legacy of Sherman E. Lee on the Cleveland Museum of Art during his directorship (1958–1983) and the importance of Japan in his career as a connoisseur, scholar and museum director. 

Reservations required. If you would like to attend, please register at JASA 021816 Williams Lecture; click the Register Now! button and fill out the registration form. If you have any questions, please contact Christy Laidlaw, Membership Coordinator, at japaneseartsoc@yahoo.com or (917) 658-3955.


March

SUNDAY, MARCH 13, 12 p.m.

The Marymount School
1026 Fifth Avenue, between 83rd and 84th Streets

New York, New York

ANNUAL MEETING AND SPECIAL LECTURE: Discovering Japanese Ceramics: Charles Lang Freer and adventures of collecting circa 1900

Special guest lecturer Louise Cort, Curator of Ceramics at the Freer and Sackler Galleries, Smithsonian Institution, will speak about American industrialist Charles Lang Freer (1854–1919), who formed his collection of Asian art at a time when few resources were available to guide him. To acquire Japanese ceramics, one of his earliest interests, he relied upon his direct experience of Japan through several extended sojourns, the advice of a few trusted dealers and experts, and above all his own aesthetic sense, shaped by his interest in the Aesthetic Movement and his conviction that beauty was universal. This talk will consider Freer's collecting of Japanese ceramics—both successes and pitfalls—and ask how his choices stand up to a century of hindsight.

This is a free ticketed event; no tickets will be offered at the door. Advance ticketing required. For tickets, go to 031316 Annual Meeting and Lecture; click the Register Now! button and fill out the registration form. Or contact Christy Laidlaw, Membership Coordinator, at japaneseartsoc@yahoo.com or (917) 658-3955.


TUESDAY, MARCH  15, 11A.M. or WEDNESDAY, MARCH 16, 4:30 P.M.

Asia Society
725 Park Avenue, near 70th Street
New York, New York

GUIDED EXHIBITION TOUR

Join JASA board member Emily Sano for a guided tour of “Kamakura: Realism and Spirituality in the Sculpture of Japan,” Buddhist sculpture from North America and Europe, which is on exhibition at Asia Society February 9–May 8.

Our Tuesday JASA tour will be conducted by Asia Society Curator, Adriana Proser, with Emily Sano, former Director, Asian Art Museum, San Francisco. Emily co-curated the remarkable exhibition of Japanese Buddhist sculpture for the Japan Society, “The Great Age of Japanese Buddhist Sculpture, 1987.” 

The Wednesday JASA tour will be conducted by exhibition’s guest curator, Ive Covaci and Emily Sano.

Reservations required and is first come, first served;. Each tour is limited to 25 JASA members.  Tour fee to be determined. Register for TOUR 1 -TUESDAY, 3/15 at 11:00am or TOUR 2 -WEDNESDAY, 3/16 at 4:30pm; click the Register Now! button and fill out the registration form. If you have any questions, please contact Christy Laidlaw, Membership Coordinator, at japaneseartsoc@yahoo.com or (917) 658-3955.


April

TuesDAY, April 7, 11 A.m.-12 p.m.

MoMA
11 West 53rd St. between Fifth Ave. and Ave. of Americas

New York, New York

EXHIBITION TOUR: A Japanese Constellation: Toyo Ito, SANAA, and Beyond

Our tour will be led by MoMA assistant curator Phoebe Springstubb. A Japanese Constellation focuses on the network of architects and designers that has developed around Pritzker Prize winners Toyo Ito and SANAA. Exploring a lineage of influence and cross-pollination that has become particularly relevant at the start of the 21st century, the exhibition highlights the global impact and innovation of contemporary architecture from Japan since the 1990s.

12:30–1:30 p.m.
OPTIONAL LUNCH WITH AMY POSTER

An extra luncheon fee would apply.

1:45–3 P.M.
Japan Society
333 East 47th St.
New York, New York
EXHIBITION TOUR: In the Wake: Japanese Photographers Respond to 3/11

 Our tour will be led by Dr. Michael Chagnon, the Japan Society’s curator of exhibition interpretation, with a welcome by gallery director Yukie Kamiya. In the Wake focuses on the artistic responses of seventeen of Japan’s most acclaimed veteran and emerging photographers to the catastrophic earthquake and tsunami that struck the Tohoku region on March 11, 2011, triggering nuclear power plant failure and a human and environment crisis that persists to this day. With some 100 works on display, the exhibition leads visitors through a stunning range of artistic practice as Japan continues to rebuild in the post-3/11 era.

Reservations for both tours are required. Limited to 25 JASA members. Fee is $35 per person, not including lunch.  Optional luncheon fee: to be determined. If you would like to attend, please register by clicking this link: 04/07/16 Exhibition Tours,  then click the Register Now button and fill out the registration form.

If you have any questions, please contact Christy Laidlaw, Membership Coordinator, at japaneseartsoc@yahoo.com or (917) 658-3955.


May

Friday, May 20
Japanese Friendship Garden
Balboa Park

2215 Pan American Rd. E.
San Diego, California

JASA EXCURSION TO SAN DIEGO

Join JASA President (and San Diego resident) Wilson Grabill for a one-day excursion to San Diego on Friday, May 20, for a fascinating immersion in Japanese art and culture! All events will take place in Balboa Park, home to many of San Diego’s cultural attractions.

First we’ll visit the Japanese Friendship Garden, which has recently completed a significant expansion. In addition to viewing the exquisite flora and structures in the garden, we'll tour a small show there called “Threaded, Traveled, Treasured: Kimonos from Japan in San Diego Collections.” After that, we'll walk over to the Mingei International Museum for a tour of “Mingei of Japan: Treasures New and Old from the Museum's Collection,” led by museum director Rob Sidner.

The Mingei Museum has one of the largest and finest collections of Japanese folk art in the country, and more than 100 objects are on display, including recent donations of stunning folk textiles and charming votive plaques called “ema.” At the end of the afternoon, independent curator Meher McArthur will present a lecture on “Painted Prayers: Japanese Ema Votive Plaques,” followed by an optional gala dinner for JASA members at the Prado Restaurant in Balboa Park.

Limited to 15 JASA members. Registration is first come, first served. Fee to participate is $20 per person, which covers all entrance and lecture fees. Optional dinner is $85 for three-course prix fixe and one glass of wine. Sign up and pay by Friday, May 13. No refunds for dinner cancellation after Tuesday, May 17. Hotel suggestions can be provided on request.

If you would like to attend, please register by clicking this link: 5/20/16 San Diego Excursion, then click the Register Now button and fill out the registration form. If you have any questions, please contact Christy Laidlaw, Membership Coordinator, at japaneseartsoc@yahoo.com or (917) 658-3955.


Saturday, May 21
Royal Ontario Museum
100 Queens Park
Toronto, ON M5S 2C6, Canada
Exhibition Tour,  lecture and priVate viewing

Dr. Asato Ikeda, Assistant Professor of Asian Art at Fordham University and the Bishop White Postdoctoral Fellow of Japanese Art at the Royal Ontario Museum (ROM), and Dr. John Carpenter, Mary Griggs Burke Curator of Japanese Art, Metropolitan Museum of Art, have planned an exciting day at ROM in Toronto in conjunction with the groundbreaking exhibition “A Third Gender: Beautiful Youths in Japanese Prints.”

The day begins with a special guided tour by Dr. Ikeda of the permanent gallery, the “Tattoos: Ritual. Identity. Obsession. Art” exhibition and the “Third Gender”exhibition.  After lunch, Dr. Carpenter will present a lecture titled Amusements in a Samurai Mansion: Wakashu Entertainers in Early-Edo Paintings and Prints. Following the lecture, Dr. Ikeda will take attendees to museum storage for a private viewing of paintings and prints.

Registrations are required, first come, first served. Limited to 25 JASA members. Museum fee is $25, not including lunch, airfare, travel, and hotel. If you would like to attend, please register by clicking this link: 5/21/16 ROM Visit, then click the Register Now button and fill out the registration form. If you have any questions, please contact Christy Laidlaw, Membership Coordinator, at japaneseartsoc@yahoo.com or (917) 658-3955.


Past JASA programs

January–December 2015
January–December 2014
January–December 2013
January–December 2012
January–December 2011
January–December 2010
January–December 2009
January–December 2008
January–December 2007
January–December 2006
January–December 2005
September–December 2004