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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 8, 6:15 P.M. (tour), 7 p.m. (LECTURE)

Rubin Museum of Art
Theater Level
150 West 17th Street
New York, New York

Japanese Priest Sculptor Enku

Jan Van Alphen, Chief Curator, Rubin Museum of Art, will present a lecture on the Japanese priest sculptor Enku (1632–1695), a subject that was featured in his 1999 exhibition on the subject at the Antwerpen Etnografisch Museum, where he was Curator and Director. This event will be co-sponsored by JASA and the Rubin Museum of Art.  JASA Member and Vice President Amy Poster will conduct a gallery tour at the Rubin at 6:15 p.m., prior to the talk.

If you would like to attend, please contact Christy Laidlaw at japaneseartsoc@yahoo.com or (917) 658-3955 to reserve a place.


February

WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 26, 6 p.m.

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

Underground Buddhism: the Hidden History of the Ise Shrines

D. Max Moerman, Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Asian and Middle Eastern Cultures, Barnard College, Columbia University will speak on Underground Buddhism.

Today the Ise Shrines are assumed to represent the oldest and purist form of “native” Japanese Shinto untouched by the “foreign” influence of Buddhism.  This representation, however, dates only from the late 19th century. For most of the previous millennium, Ise was understood in Buddhist terms: its deities seen as local manifestations of the Cosmic Buddha, its shrines as embodying the Dual Mandala of the Esoteric Buddhist tradition. As early as the 10th century the priests of the Ise Shrines built Buddhist temples to gain salvation after death, took the tonsure and became Buddhist monks in the final years of their life, and received Buddhist funerals and memorial services. This talk explores this hidden history of Buddhist Ise by examining the burial of hundreds of Buddhist scriptures, inscribed on paper scrolls and ceramic tiles, in the 12th century by the priestly families of the shrines. The excavated materials from the sutra burials at Ise provide physical evidence of the depth of their Buddhist faith and tell us the names, dates, and motivations of those involved.

If you would like to attend, please contact Christy Laidlaw at japaneseartsoc@yahoo.com or (917) 658-3955 to reserve a place.


March

FRIDAY, MARCH 14, 11 a.m.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Japanese Galleries
1000 Fifth Avenue

New York, New
York

The Flowering of Edo Period Painting: Japanese Masterworks from the Feinberg Collection

Private gallery tour for JASA members presented by John Carpenter, Curator of Japanese Art, of The Flowering of Edo Period Painting: Japanese Masterworks from the Feinberg Collection, currently on view, until September 7, in the Japanese Galleries of the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Please note this tour will be during the first rotation of the exhibition.

Participation requires $9 fee paid to JASA, which includes museum admission. Space is limited. Registration is first come first serve. Please contact Christy Laidlaw at japaneseartsoc@yahoo.com or (917) 658-3955 to reserve a place.


SUNDAY, MARCH 16, 2 P.M.

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

JASA Annual Meeting and Special 40th Anniversary Program,
Picture Mirrors: Traditional Japanese Prints in Their Own Time and Today

“A picture,” the artist Hokusai wrote, “is a mirror where heartmind meets heartmind.” What could this mean? To celebrate the fortieth anniversary of the Ukiyo-e Society of America, now the Japanese Art Society of America, Roger Keyes will focus on a few key works by Japanese print artists from the 17th through the 19th centuries and show how they managed to transform sorrow to joy, fear to courage, affliction into benefit, and pleasure into fulfillment. These qualities shine through their pictures regardless of one's background, and the ease of well-being that informs them still makes people smile with pleasure today.

Roger Keyes first visited Japan in 1958 and has been studying and writing about Japanese prints since the 1960s. His first book, The Theatrical World of Osaka Prints (with the late Keiko Mizushima), was published in 1973. Since then Roger has published many other books and articles and completed in 2007 an illustrated but still unpublished catalogue raisonné of Hokusai’s 3000 single-sheet prints begun in 1972 with the late Peter Morse. In addition he has taught and lectured widely in Europe, Japan, and the United States, most recently about the transformative aspects of seeing and art.  He and his wife Elizabeth Coombs relocated to England in 2010 and now live directly across the street from the cathedral church of York Minster.

If you would like to attend, please contact Christy Laidlaw at japaneseartsoc@yahoo.com or (917) 658-3955 to reserve a place.


MONDAY, MARCH 17, 2:15 P.m or 3:30 P.M.

New York Public Library Print Viewing Room
New York Public Library
41st Street and 5th Avenue
New York, New York

ukiyo-e masterpieces of the New York Public Library Collection

Print viewing session of the collection with Roger Keyes and New York Public Library Curator Madeleine Viljoen. The library’s holdings of Japanese illustrated books and manuscripts, housed in the Spencer Collection, are comparable to those in only a handful of institutions in the world, and surpass any collection in the United States. They encompass books created by Japanese artists from the years 764 through the present day. 

The library likewise has an important collection of ukiyo-e prints, a large number of which was bequeathed to the Print Collection by Charles Stewart Smith in 1901. Originally assembled by English military man, journalist and author Frank Brinkley, this collection comprises a celebrated group of woodcuts by Kitagawa Utamaro, as well as examples of the work of Harunobu, Koryusai, Sharaku and Hokusai. Later additions to the Japanese print collection include ten woodcuts acquired from the Louis V. Ledoux collection, as well as a complete set of the first edition of Hiroshige’s Fifty-three Stations of the Tokaido.

Group limited to 2 sessions of 20 each. Registration is first come first serve. Please contact Christy Laidlaw at japaneseartsoc@yahoo.com or (917) 658-3955 to reserve a place.


April

SUNDAY APRIL 6, 11 a.m.–5 p.m.

Los Angeles County Museum of Art
Los Angeles, California

University Art Museum, California State University
Long Beach
, California

VISIT to the Price Collection and a Noh Mask Exhibition

Renowned collectors Joe and Etsuko Price will lead a tour for JASA members of selections from their extraordinary painting collection currently on view at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. The exhibition, The Color of Life: Japanese Paintings from the Price Collection, features works by artists Ito Jakuchu, Nagasawa Rosetsu, Maruyama Okyo, Suzuki Kiitsu, Sakai Hoitsu and Kawanabe Kyosai, among others. In 2013 these works traveled to three cities in the Tōhoku region of Japan, which was directly impacted by the great earthquake and tsunami of March 11, 2011. The exhibition was a gesture of solidarity and support for the citizens of the Tōhoku region and was greeted with enormous gratitude and enthusiasm in Japan.

At 3 p.m., Dr. Kendall Brown, professor of Japanese art history at California State University, Long Beach, will lead a tour for JASA members of the exhibition Traditions Transfigured: The Noh Masks of Bidou Yamaguchi at the Cal State Long Beach Art Museum. Bidou’s masks apply the forms, techniques, transformative spirit and mysterious elegance of Noh masks to iconic female portraits from the European art historical canon, and to Kabuki actor prints by Sharaku, Japan’s enigmatic 18th-century portrait master.

JASA fee for the trip is $15 per person. Admission to both museums has been waived for JASA members. Participants are responsible for their own parking, transportation and lunch costs for this excursion.  Details—including driving directions between LACMA and Cal State Long Beach, parking locations and restaurant recommendations for lunch—will be provided to participants. The two tours are limited to 25 participants each. Registration is first come first serve. Please contact Christy Laidlaw at japaneseartsoc@yahoo.com or (917) 658-3955 to reserve a place.


SUNDAY, APRIL 13

Yale Art Gallery
New Haven, Connecticut

Excursion to Yale Art Gallery

For a special exhibition tour of Brush and Ink in Byobu: The Grandeur of Japanese Screens (March 25–May 11) with curator Sadako Ohki and Professor of History of Art Mimi Yiengpraksawan, and a visit to a private New Haven collector.

This event is limited to 25 participants. Registration is first come first serve. Please contact Christy Laidlaw at japaneseartsoc@yahoo.com or (917) 658-3955 to reserve a place.


May

THURSDAY, MAY 1, 6 p.m.

The Marymount School
1026 Fifth Avenue, between 83rd and 84th Streets
New York, New York
 
The Floating World at Your Finger Tips: Using the Ukiyo-e.org Search Engine

 JASA member John Resig will discuss and demonstrate the use of of the Ukiyo-e.org Japanese woodblock print database and search engine, a new tool for ukiyo-e researchers, scholars, and collectors that simplifies print research. The database currently contains over 213,000 prints from 24 institutions and has received 6.3 million page views from 260,000 people since its launch.

The database holds images of Japanese woodblock prints collected from a variety of museums, universities, libraries, auction houses, and dealers around the world. It provides the ability to search for prints simply by providing a photograph of a print. Using this tool, new copies of prints have already been located by scholars and curators. Additionally, museums have been able to correct information on unattributed prints, identifying the artist and comparing to known examples.

Mr. Resig will also present new research that this site has made possible. If you have any woodblock prints you'd like to learn more about, please bring them to the talk and we'll use the site to see if more information about the print can be found.

John Resig is the creator of the Ukiyo-e.org Japanese woodblock print database and search engine. He develops tools to aid ukiyo-e and ehon researchers. A visiting researcher at Ritsumeikan University, he recently presented at the 2013 Japanese Association for Digital Humanities conference in Kyoto.

Mr. Resig is the Head of Computer Science at Khan Academy and is a renowned computer programmer, having created the jQuery JavaScript library used by over two-thirds of all web sites. He has also published two books on JavaScript programming: Pro JavaScript Techniques (2006) and Secrets of the JavaScript Ninja (2012).

If you would like to attend, please contact Christy Laidlaw at japaneseartsoc@yahoo.com or (917) 658-3955 to reserve a place.


THURSDAY, MAY 15; First Session at 4 p.m., Second Session at 6 p.m.
 
New York, New York
 
Special Visit to a Private Collection: Oni Zazen

Curator Laura J. Mueller will introduce new works in the Oni Zazen Collection. The viewing will highlight the recent acquisition of the Numata Collection of Soga Shôhaku, which includes screens and paintings that were most recently exhibited in the Shôhaku Show at the Kyoto National Museum in 2005. It will be the first time many of these works have been shown outside of Japan.

Each session is limited to 25. If you would like to attend, please contact Christy Laidlaw at japaneseartsoc@yahoo.com or (917) 658-3955 to reserve a place. (If you are having problems e-mailing to Yahoo addresses due to the  Heartbleed computer virus, please use jasa@japaneseartsoc.org.)  


FRIDAY, MAy 16, 11 a.m.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Japanese Galleries
1000 Fifth Avenue

New York, New
York

The Flowering of Edo Period Painting: Japanese Masterworks from the Feinberg Collection

Private gallery tour for JASA members presented by John Carpenter, Curator of Japanese Art, of The Flowering of Edo Period Painting: Japanese Masterworks from the Feinberg Collection, currently on view, until September 7, in the Japanese Galleries of the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Please note this tour will be during the second rotation of the exhibition.

Participation requires $9 fee paid to JASA, which includes museum admission. Space is limited. Registration is first come first serve. Please contact Christy Laidlaw at japaneseartsoc@yahoo.com or (917) 658-3955 to reserve a place.



SATURDAY, MAY 17, 10 a.M.–5:30 P.M.

Japan Society Auditorium
333 East 47th Street
New York, New York

JASA at the Forefront: Celebrating the Fortieth Anniversary of the Japanese Art Society of America

JASA is delighted to announce a day of presentations in the current field of Japanese art and culture to mark the 40 years of its history. Six distinguished guest scholars include Christine Guth, Royal College of Art, London; Yukio Lippit, Harvard University; Melissa McCormick, Harvard University; Jennifer Perry, Metropolitan Museum of Art; Eric C. Rath, University of Kansas; and Bert Winther-Tamaki, University of California, Irvine. The moderator is John Carpenter, Metropolitan Museum of Art and Board member, JASA. For details,  download the JASA at the Forefront schedule.

Conference is free to both JASA and Japan Society Members. Afterward there will be a reception for JASA members at a nearby restaurant. If you would like to attend, please contact Christy Laidlaw at japaneseartsoc@yahoo.com or (917) 658-3955 to reserve a place.


June

Wednesday, June 11, 2–3 p.m. and 3:30–4:30 p.m.

Brooklyn Museum
Eastern Parkway
Brooklyn, NY

Private print viewing

Print viewing session of ukiyo-e masterpieces in the Brooklyn Museum Collection with noted expert Sebastian Izzard and Assistant Curator of Asian Art Susan L. Beningson. The Brooklyn Museum collection has been recognized for its Hiroshige’s Hundred Famous Views of Edo, and its fine holdings of Edo-period prints and illustrated books through the present day. We will view some of the aizuri-e, and a sampling of prints from every era, including works donated by Louis V. Ledoux, a long-time trustee of the museum.

Each group is limited to 20. If you would like to attend, please contact Christy Laidlaw at japaneseartsoc@yahoo.com or (917) 658-3955 to reserve a place.


Past JASA programs

January-June 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