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Winter 2018

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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. 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.  Please note: For events at the Marymount School, the building is landmarked and not wheelchair accessible. For all regional events, we would appreciate advance notice of attendance. Please contact the Membership Coordinator.


Thursday, January 11, 6 p.m.

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

20th-Century Kimono Textiles and Design

A conversation between noted textile expert Andrea Aranow, of Textile Hive, and JASA board member John Resig while screening images of modern kimono from late Meiji through mid-Showa and hand-ainted, life-size zuan produced for cloth to be colored using the figurative technique of yuzen and kata-yuzen. We‘ll look at the fascinating story of how tastes changed during the first six decades of the 20th century, hoping this will serve as a companion to Terry Milhaupt‘s excellent scholarly research. Additionally, there will be further discussion about the role that the kimono played in Japanese art and the impact that art and culture (such as ukiyo-e and kabuki theater) had on the designs of the kimonos.

Andrea Aranow, a JASA member for several years, has a long history playing with textile design questions and answers. She earned a degree at Brown University in cultural history and immediately struck out to create some East Village culture of her own: “funky” snakeskin clothes for the stars of the moment and their followers, then on to reside and build museum collections of “ clothing in Peru, minority China, and finally Japan. Returning to the US in 1987, she ran a commercial business supplying “exotic” textile ideas to industry.

John Resig is a Japanese print collector and creator of the Ukiyo-e.org Japanese woodblock print database. He‘s also a board member of the Japanese Art Society of America and is a Visiting Researcher at Ritsumeikan University.

Reservations are required.   If you would like to attend, please register by clicking this link:  JASA 1/11/18 Talk, then click the Register Now button and fill out the registration form. If you have any questions, please contact Cheryl Gall, Membership Coordinator,  at jasa@japaneseartsoc.org or (781) 862-8558.

Please note: Marymount is a landmarked building and not wheelchair accessible.


Sunday, February 4, 11 a.m.–3 p.m.

Los Angeles County Museum of Art
5905 Wilshire Blvd.
Los Angeles, California

Polished to Perfection: Japanese Cloisonne

Courtesy of the Southern California chapter of the International Netsuke Society, JASA members are invited to visit the Bushell Collection of netsuke in LACMA's Pavilion for Japanese Art, including a lecture on “The Curator's Eye: Exploring Netsuke through LACMA’s Exhibitions” by Curator of Japanese Art Hollis Goodall. The Bushell Collection is one of the finest in the country, and will not be viewable after February 4, when the Pavilion closes until 2023 for the renovation of the eastern section of the LACMA campus. For the full schedule of events and to sign up, please contact JASA member Sue Romaine at sromaine@sbcglobal.net.

Wednesday, February 7, 6 p.m.

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

New York, New York

The Sedgwick Shōtoku

Rachel Saunders, Ph.D., Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Associate Curator of Asian Art at the Harvard Art Museums, will speak on the oldest extant sculpture, Prince Shōtoku at Age Two,  known as “The Sedgwick Shōtoku” (ca. 1292). This extraordinary sculpture of the putative founder of Buddhism in Japan, Shōtoku Taishi (d. 622), contained a rich cache of almost 70 diverse objects that collectively present a lively challenge to conventional wisdom concerning Buddhist sectarian practice in Kamakura period Japan. Widely considered the finest surviving example of sculpture depicting the infant prince, the Sedgwick Shōtoku is one of a class of diminutive yet highly charismatic sculptures of Shōtoku that emerged in the late 13th to early 14th century amid a pervasive atmosphere of intense anxiety over the impossibility of spiritual salvation. Working both literally and figuratively from the inside out, this presentation presents the very latest research into the sculpture currently being conducted at the Harvard Art Museums.

Dr. Saunders was appointed to her current position at the Harvard Art Museums in 2015. Educated at the Universities of Oxford, London, and Tokyo, Saunders gained her Ph.D. in Japanese Art History from Harvard University and is a specialist in medieval narrative painting. Prior to joining the Harvard Art Museums, she was awarded the Ittleson Fellowship at the Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts at the National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C. From 2004 to 2011, she was Curatorial Research Associate in Department of Arts of Asia, Africa and Oceania at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.

Reservations are required.   If you would like to attend, please register by clicking this link:  JASA 2/7/18 Lecture, then click the Register Now button and fill out the registration form. If you have any questions, please contact Cheryl Gall, Membership Coordinator,  at jasa@japaneseartsoc.org or (781) 862-8558.

Please note: Marymount is a landmarked building and not wheelchair accessible.

Saturday and Sunday, February 10–11

Los Angeles Fine Print Fair
Pasadena Hilton Hotel
168 S. Los Robles Ave.

Storrier Stearns Japanese Garden
270 Arlington Drive

Pasadena, California

JASA Excursion to Pasadena

On Saturday afternoon, JASA members will visit the The LA Fine Print Fair. Egenolf Gallery and The Tolman Collection are among the dealers showing at the fair, which is open from noon to 6 p.m both days. Hollis Goodall, curator of Japanese Art at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, will meet us at 5:30 p.m. and discuss some of the prints at the fair. A group dinner at a nearby restaurant will follow.

On Sunday, independent curator Meher McArthur will take the group through the historic Storrier Stearns Japanese Garden, as well as the exhibition in the garden's En Gallery on Brushstrokes and Blooms: The Calligraphy and Ikebana of Shizuko Greenblatt.

In addition, Pasadena is home to museums, antique shops and galleries, some specializing in Japanese art. The USC Pacific Asia Museum has recently reopened after a multiyear renovation. The permanent collection contains some Japanese paintings and objects.  One of the largest antiquarian book fairs on the West Coast, The 51st California International Antiquarian Book Fair, is also taking place the same weekend at the Pasadena Convention Center, next to the Pasadena Hilton. Exhibitors include the Antiquarian Booksellers Association of Japan.

About 40 minutes away, the Getty Center in Los Angeles is exhibiting a collection of Edo-period lacquer boxes originally belonging to Queen Marie Antoinette of France. A rare opportunity to see these boxes in the United States, they are usually housed in the Palace of Versailles museum.

Space is limited to 15. Reservations are required and the deadline for signing up is February 3. The fee is $7.50 for admission to the Storrier Stearns Garden; cost for the group dinner will be determined after final count. Travel and lodging arrangements are on your own. If you would like to attend, please register by clicking this link: Feb 10-11 Pasadena Excursion, then click the Register Now button and fill out the registration form. If you have any questions, please contact Cheryl Gall, Membership Coordinator,  at jasa@japaneseartsoc.org or (781) 862-8558.


Tuesdays, March 6, 13 and 20, 11 a.m.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Grace Rainey Rogers Auditorium
1000 Fifth Ave.
New York, New York

THREE-PART LECTURE SERIES: The Poetry of Nature in Japanese Art

JASA Board Member John T. Carpenter, the Mary Griggs Burke Curator of Japanese Art at The Met, will talk on the perennial intermingling of art and literature in Japanese culture in this lecture series, which focuses on painting, poetry and calligraphy in the Edo period (1615–1868). An era when traditional forms of Japanese and Chinese poetry were still cherished, the Edo years also saw the revival of the witty 31-syllable kyōka and the emergence of the 17-syllable haiku, intended to evoke images of their own.

Drawing on the Canon of Chinese Poetry in Literati Painting
Tuesday, March 6, 11 a.m.
Ancient Japanese Courtly Verse in Edo-Period Paintings
Tuesday, March 13, 11 a.m.
Popular Verse in Late-Edo Painting, Prints and Books
Tuesday, March 20, 11 a.m.

Tickets start at $30, or $75 for the series; call the box office directly at (212) 570-3750 and use discount code: EDO18. For questions about this series, please contact Mary Hurt, Assistant for Administration Asian Art, Mary.Hurt@metmuseum.org, (212) 650-2769.

Sunday, March 18, 11 a.m.

Japan Society Auditorium
333 East 47th St.
New York, New York

Hard Bodies: Contemporary Japanese Lacquer Sculpture

Before the annual meeting of the Japanese Art Society of America, Andreas Marks, Ph.D., the Head of the Japanese and Korean Art Department at the Minneapolis Institute of Art, will introduce Hard Bodies: Contemporary Japanese Lacquer Sculpture, on view at the Minneapolis Institute of Art until June 24, 2018.

The toxic sap from the lacquer tree has been used to make objects resilient and beautiful in East Asia for several thousand years. Until the modern period, lacquer was principally used for articles for daily or ceremonial use and presentation, such as wine vessels and document cases. In the early 1950s, artists revolutionized this utilitarian tradition by creating the first sculptures made from lacquer. The subject of a new exhibition, a small but enterprising circle of artists, all born since 1959, has pushed the medium in entirely new directions by creating conceptually innovative, large-scale works that superbly exploit the natural characteristics of this medium.

From 2008 to 2013,  Dr. Andreas Marks was the Director and Chief Curator of the Clark Center for Japanese Art and Culture in California. He has a Ph.D. from Leiden University in the Netherlands and a master’s degree in East Asian Art History from the University of Bonn. A specialist of Japanese woodblock prints, he is the author of 14 books. His Publishers of Japanese Prints: A Compendium is the first comprehensive reference work in any language on Japanese print publishers. In 2014 he received an award from the International Ukiyo-e Society in Japan for his research.

Tickets are required. For JASA members: If you would like to attend, please register and download your ticket by clicking this link: JASA 3/18/18 Annual Meeting and Lecture, then click the Register Now button and fill out the registration form. For non-JASA members: Please contact Japan Society (212) 832-1155 for tickets. If you have any questions, please contact Cheryl Gall, Membership Coordinator,  at jasa@japaneseartsoc.org or (781) 862-8558.

Past JASA programs

January–December 2017
January–December 2016
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