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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.


December

Monday, December 11,  6 p.m

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

New York, New York

JASA Holiday Party and Special Guest Lecture

Professor Samuel L. Leiter will speak on Kabuki at the Turning Point: 1952–1965. During the post-Occupation years of 1952–1965, kabuki’s future was in limbo. Tokyo’s three major kabuki theaters had been rebuilt, including the Kabuki-za, but the future remained uncertain in a rapidly changing postwar society, with competition from multiple forms of entertainment. Its senior actors were passing away, its company system was crumbling, promising actors were deserting to act in movies, its major producer was being raided by a rival, new plays were becoming rare, and the fate of men playing females was in doubt. At the same time, international tours were begun and an enormously popular star took kabuki's most revered name. This talk describes the challenges kabuki faced before regaining its footing as Japan’s best-known theatrical form.

Professor Leiter is Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Theater at Brooklyn College, CUNY, and the Graduate Center, CUNY. He was a Fulbright research scholar to Japan and has received many other academic honors and awards, including being the first theater scholar to receive an Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Emeritus Fellowship. In 2017 he received Brooklyn College’s Lifetime Achievement Award. He was editor-in-chief of Asian Theatre Journal from 1992 to 2004 and has written or edited over two dozen books on Japanese theater, New York theater, famous stage directors and Shakespeare. His articles have appeared in numerous professional journals, and he has published essays in 18 books. His experiences also include having done the back-translations of three Broadway musicals for their Tokyo productions. From 2012 to 2014 he served as a nominator for New York’s Drama Desk Awards and is currently a Drama Desk voter. Over the past five years, he has reviewed over 1,000 New York shows on the blogs Theatre's Leiter Side, Theater Pizzazz and the Broadway Blog.

Reservations are required. If you would like to attend, please register by clicking this link: JASA 12/11/17 Holiday Party, 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.


Friday, December 15, 4 p.m.

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

Hiroshi Sugimoto: Gates of Paradise Exhibition Tour 

A guided tour by Dr. Michael Chagnon, Curator of Exhibition Interpretation, of the special exhibition, Hiroshi Sugimoto: Gates of Paradise, an exploration of cross-cultural interactions between Japan and the West in the 16th century (referring to the famous Tensho Embassy of 1582–90), including Important Cultural Properties from Japan and the world premiere of Sugimoto's ”Gates of Paradise” series, on view in two rotations at Japan Society from October 20, 2017 to January 7, 2018.

Reservations are required.  Space is limited to 25. Fee: $ 10. If you would like to attend, please register by clicking this link: JASA 12/15/17 Michael Chagnon, 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.


Friday, December 15, 5:30 p.m.

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

An Evening with Hiroshi Sugimoto

Artist Hiroshi Sugimoto will share his perspective on the exhibition, which explores an early, though largely forgotten, encounter between Japan and the West in the 16th century. The artist’s latest series, focusing on the Ghiberti Gates in Florence is a special highlight. Hiroshi Sugimoto will also introduce his latest architectural and theater projects.

Fee: $15 ($12 for Japan Society and students only). Tickets may be purchased directly from the box office at the Japan Society.  If you have any questions, please contact Cheryl Gall, Membership Coordinator,  at jasa@japaneseartsoc.org or (781) 862-8558.


January

Thursday, January 11, 6 p.m.

The Marymount School
1026 Fifth Avenue, between 83rd and 84th Streets
New York, NY 10028

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.


February

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.


March

Sunday, March 18, 11 a.m.

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

Hard Bodies: Contemporary Japanese Lacquer Sculpture

Annual meeting of the Japanese Art Society of America precedes this lecture by Andreas Marks, Ph.D., the Head of the Japanese and Korean Art Department at the Minneapolis Institute of Art. Dr.  Marks 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