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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.


December

WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 10, 6 p.m.

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

New York, New York

HOLIDAY PARTY AND LECTURE: Ink and Gold, Theme and Variation in the Art of the Kano

Special Guest Lecturer is Felice Fischer, Senior Curator of East Asian Art, Philadelphia Museum of Art. Dr. Fischer was awarded The Order of the Rising Sun, Gold and Silver Rays in Fall 2013 for her exceptional contribution to Japan–U.S. relations through the promotion of major cultural exchanges in the field of arts and for deepening the appreciation of Japanese culture in the region.

In February 2015, the Philadelphia Museum of Art will present the exhibition Ink and Gold: Art of the Kano. The Kano lineage of painters was established in the 15th century by Kano Masanobu and continued until the early 20th century. The longevity of the Kano was owed in part to the longevity of their primary patron, the Tokugawa shogunate. The Kano painters also found support among the Kyoto aristocracy and the growing merchant elite. While the Kano were providing stunning large-scale gold-backed imagery on sliding doors and screens for castles and residences, they continued to create ink landscapes based on their interpretation of Chinese modes. The genius of artists like Kano Tan'yu lies in his ability to produce the themes his patrons demanded, but make them new with his own variations of focus, style, and brushwork. This presentation will explore this significant factor in the Kano dominance by following some of the important themes that formed the core vocabulary for Kano artists: Chinese figures (historical and literary) flower-and-bird painting (kachōga), ink landscapes (Eight Views of the Xiao and Xiang).

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


SATURDAY, DECEMBER 13

Princeton University Art Museum
Princeton, NJ

Special exhibition tour: Chigusa and the art of Tea in Japan

Princeton curators and Professor Andrew Watsky will host a special tour of the exhibition Chigusa and the Art of Tea in Japan. The exhibition will include the ceramic vessel named Chigusa and all its accoutrements, and will feature loans and works in the collection of the Princeton University Art Museum. Different from the Freer Sackler presentation, Princeton’s show will add a section on Japan’s appropriation of Chinese and southeast Asian materials in the art of tea. This one-day excursion is planned in conjunction with the exhibition. The trip will include lunch and a special viewing of the University's collection of ukiyo-e prints with Curator Cary Liu.

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


January

WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 7, 6 P.M.

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

New York, New York
   

LECTURE: Abby Aldrich Rockefeller’s Japanese art collection and the RISD Museum

Peter J. Johnson, senior associate with Rockefeller Family and Associates and a Rockefeller family historian, will speak on Abby Aldrich Rockefeller’s first venture into the art world—the collecting of traditional Japanese prints—in the second decade of the 20th century.

Midori Oka, Research Associate at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and guest curator of the renovation of the Asian galleries at the RISD Art Museum, will speak about the selection of the objects for the reinstallation, including those for the Philip Johnson-designed gallery dedicated to Abby Aldrich Rockefeller (1874–1948), who donated her extensive collection of bird-and-flower ukiyo-e prints to the RISD Art Museum in 1934. 

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


FRIDAY, JANUARY 9, 6:30 P.M.

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

tour: Garden of Unearthly Delights 

Guest co-curator Laura J. Mueller will lead a walking tour of the special exhibition Garden of Unearthly Delights: Works by Ikeda, Tenmyouya & teamLab. The exhibition includes intricate allegorical paintings, installations and digital works, created by three artistic visionaries who are helping shape contemporary Japanese art and culture. Exhibition closes on Jan. 11.

Space is limited to 25, by reservation only—first come, first serve. Please contact Christy Laidlaw at japaneseartsoc@yahoo.com or (917) 658-3955 to reserve a place.


February

WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 4, 6 P.M.  

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

New York, New York

SPECIAL DOCUMENTARY SCREENING: Tikotin: A Life Devoted to Japanese Art (2013)

Join us for a screening of Tikotin: A Life Devoted to Japanese Art (2013), a 76-minute documentary directed by Santje Kramer and produced by Sarphati Media in the Netherlands, about the life of the famous (and infamous) Felix Tikotin, who died in 1986 at age 89. “It is brilliant and moving, in many respects,” says former JASA Vice President George Mann.

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


FRIDAY, FEBruary 20, and SATURDAY, FEBruary 21

Asian Art Museum, San Francisco, California
Clark Center for Japanese Art and Culture. Hanford, California

SPECIAL SAN FRANCISCO AND HANFORD EVENTS

Join California JASA Members to visit San Francisco on a specially arranged JASA tour to see three fascinating exhibitions on view in 2015 at the Asian Art Museum: The Printer’s Eye: Ukiyo-e from the Grabhorn Collection, Seduction: Japan’s Floating World (John C. Weber collection) and Traditions on Fire: Contemporary Japanese Ceramics from the Paul and Kathy Bissinger Collection. The tour will be led by exhibition curators Laura Allen and Julia Meech, as well as collectors John C. Weber and Paul and Kathy Bissinger. A special dinner is planned for the group.

There is an optional day-tour to the Clark Center for Japanese Art and Culture in Hanford, organized by JASA Board Member Wilson Grabill, to see Elegant Pastimes: Masterpieces of Japanese Art from the Clark Collections at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts, the center’s final exhibition before permanently closing its doors in June 2015.

Each tour is strictly limited to 25 JASA members. Participation fee is $155 for San Francisco portion (covers tour, dinner and transportation to and from dinner) and $125 for the Hanford portion (covers tour, lunch and roundtrip ground transportation). Participants are responsible for their own hotel arrangements. There is already a waiting list for the San Francisco event. Please contact Christy Laidlaw at at japaneseartsoc@yahoo.com or (917) 658-3955 for further information. 


March

TUESDAY, MARCH 3, 6 P.M.

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

New York, New York

LECTURE: Hina-matsuri in the AMNH Collection and Hina-Ningyo: History, Form and Meaning in Japanese Dolls

Laurel Kendall, Ph.D., Division Chair and Curator, Asian Ethnographic Collections, Division of Anthropology, American Museum of Natural History, will present a talk on Hina-matsuri (Girls Day), illustrated with Taisho era dolls recently donated to the AMNH. Alan Pate, noted expert on Ningyo, will present a visual excursion into the origins of the festival, the ningyo employed, as well as their symbolic functions within this specific festival. This will span the Heian Period through the end of the Meiji Era.

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


SUNDAY, MARCH 15, 12 p.m.

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

New York, New York

ANNUAL MEETING AND LECTURE

JASA’s annual meeting precedes the lecture A Social History of Japanese Gardens in North America, with Special Focus on New York. Kendall H. Brown, Professor of Asian Art History in the Art Department at California State University Long Beach, will speak on Japanese Gardens in America, with a particular focus on New York, following the publication of his book Quiet Beauty: The Japanese Gardens of North America (Tuttle, 2013).

This is a ticketed event. For tickets please contact Christy Laidlaw at japaneseartsoc@yahoo.com or (917) 658-3955 to reserve a place.


April

TUESDAY, APRIL 7, 6 P.M.

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

PRIVATE GALLERY TOUR: Japan Society exhibition of Life of Cats

Private tour of the spring 2015 exhibition Life of Cats: Selections from the Hiraki Ukiyo-e Collection, March 13–June 7. Gallery Director Miwako Tezuka will lead a tour and discussion about the subject of cats in Japanese art. 

Space is limited to 25, by reservation only—first come, first serve. Please contact Christy Laidlaw at japaneseartsoc@yahoo.com or (917) 658-3955 to reserve a place.


thursday, APRIL 16

Philadelphia Museum of Art

PRIVATE GALLERY TOUR: Ink and Gold: Art of the Kano

Excursion by train to Philadelphia. Participants will meet at the museum for a 10:30 a.m. tour of the special exhibition of Art of the Kano with curator Felice Fischer, The Luther W. Brady Curator of Japanese Art and Senior Curator of East Asian Art, Philadelphia Museum of Art. The Kano lineage of painters was established in the 15th century by Kano Masanobu and continued until the early 20th century. This exhibition includes significant paintings, albums, and books, many shown for the first time outside of Japan. Tour includes private lunch at the museum with the curator.

Reservations required. Group limited to 30 JASA members (no guests, please). Trip fees to be determined.  Registration is first come first serve. If you would like to attend, please contact Christy Laidlaw at japaneseartsoc@yahoo.com or (917) 658-3955 to reserve a place.


WEDNESDAY, APRIL 29, 6 p.m.

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

New York, New York
 

SPECIAL LECTURE: Yamanaka & Co., the famed early 20th century Asian art dealer

Author Yuriko Kukichi will join us to present an English language lecture on the early career of Sadajiro Yamanaka, based on her book (published in Japanese only) The House of Yamanaka: The Art Dealership that Sold East Asia’s Treasures to America and Europe (Tokyo, Shinchosha, 2011). Her article,“The Enemy Trader: The United States and the End of Yamanaka,” appeared in English in Impressions 34 (2013) and drew on later chapters of her book.

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


May

DATE AND TIME TBD

The Metropolitan Museum of Art
1000 5th Avenue
New York, New York

SPECIAL GALLERY TOUR

Tour of the Japanese section of the special Centennial of the Asian Art Department at The Metropolitan Museum of Art with Curator of Japanese Art John Carpenter.

Registration for this tour will commence once we announce more details. 


June

FRIDAY, JUNE 5 ,through SUNDAY, JUNE 7

Ohio

JASA TRIP TO CLEVELAND, TOLEDO AND OBERLIN

Three-day JASA Trip to Cleveland, Toledo and Oberlin to visit collections of Japanese art, including the Cleveland Museum of Art, the Ainsworth Collection at Oberlin, and Toledo’s 20th-century collection. This trip has been organized by JASA Member Doug Barr with the Program Committee and Michael Verne. We will be visiting the Barr and Verne Collections on this trip. Details to come.

Registration for this tour will commence once we announce more details.


Past JASA programs

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