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The following is an archive of past Japanese Art Society of America lectures and special events. Click on JASA Programs for our most current schedule.

December 2010

Wednesday, December 15, 6 p.m.

New York University, Institute of Fine Arts
1 East 78th Street
New York, New York

Some Peacocks, A Parrot, and the Heian World in Global Perspective

Mimi Hall Yiengpruksawan, Professor of the History of Art, Yale University, and noted expert on Buddhist art in Heian Japan, will explore Japan in Asia based on a global perspective. Dr. Yiengpruksawan is one of the most sought-after scholars in the field of Japanese art history for her analysis of the writings of the ruling elites of the Heian era that provide a new documentary evidence of wider contact outside of Japan and a clearer understanding of the time that differs radically from our textbook knowledge.

In public lectures this fall, including the keynote address at the John C. Weber Symposium at Columbia University, Dr. Yiengpruksawan has brought to light new details on the impact of later tantric Buddhism in Japan in the worship of Acala, and, at the University of Chicago last spring, on Liao and Heian affinities in the production of Buddhist sculpture. Most recently, she was invited to present aspects of her long-term study of Buddhist practice in the Heian period in three lectures sponsored by the prestigious Toshiba lectures at the Sainsbury Institute in England. She is currently completing a series of books that examine the Buddhist cultural productions of early Kyoto from a revisionist perspective grounded in primary records and material evidence.


Note: There will be a holiday reception after the lecture.


November

Wednesday, November 17, 6 p.m

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

Beyond Golden Clouds: Japanese Screens from the Art Institute of Chicago and the St. Louis Art Museum

Lecture: Janice Katz, Roger L. Weston Associate Curator of Japanese Art, Art Institute of Chicago.


October

Saturday, October 2, 1 p.m.-4:15 p.m.

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

A symposium in conjunction with the exhibit “The Sound of One Hand: Paintings and Calligraphy by Zen Master Hakuin”

JASA and the Japan Society are co-sponsoring an afternoon symposium on the art of Zen master Hakuin Ekaku.  The speakers will be Stephen L. Addiss, Tucker-Boatwright Professor of Humanities-Art, University of Richmond; David Rosand, Meyer Schapiro Professor of Art History, Columbia University; and Matthew Welch, Assistant Director of Curatorial Affairs and Curator of Japanese and Korean Art, Minneapolis Institute of Arts.


The symposium follows the opening of the exhibit “The Sound of One Hand: Paintings and Calligraphy by Zen Master Hakuin,” which will be at the Japan Society until January 16, 2011. Widely acknowledged as the leading Zen master of the last five centuries, Hakuin Ekaku (1685–1768) was also the most significant Zen artist of his time. He not only expressed the mind and heart of Zen for monks and lay followers (it was he who first asked “What is the sound of one hand?”), but also reached out to the entire population with his painting and calligraphy. For this first exhibition in the West devoted to Hakuin, 75 of his scrolls will be gathered from collections in the United States and Japan. The exhibit is organized in collaboration with New Orleans Museum of Art, and is curated by Audrey Yoshiko Seo and Stephen Addiss.


Tuesday, October 12, 6 p.m.

New York University, Institute of Fine Arts
1 East 78th Street
New York, New York

"To Show a Really Fine Piece of Lacquer to a Foreigner Is like Giving Guineas to a Cat": Collecting Japanese Lacquer in Europe and the United States

Lecture by Monika Bincsik, Ph.D., an art historian of Japanese decorative arts, especially lacquer, and Research Assistant at the Art Research Center in Kyoto, whose current project is digitizing and surveying Japanese lacquers in "foreign collections" for the Ritsumeikan University, Kyoto.

Members are welcome to bring a small but special piece of lacquer to share with others at the reception to follow the lecture.


September

Monday, September 20, 6 p.m.

New York University, Institute of Fine Arts
1 East 78th Street
New York, New York

Demonology and Eroticism:  Islands of Women in Japanese Visual Culture

Lecture by D. Max Moerman, Associate Professor of Asian and Middle Eastern Cultures, Barnard College, and Associate Director of the Donald Keene Center for Japanese Culture, Columbia University


Tuesday, September 28, 3:45 p.m.

Museum of the City of New York 
1220 Fifth Avenue, between 102nd and 103rd Streets
New York, New York

Samurai in New York:  The First Japanese Delegation, 1860

In honor of the 150th anniversary of this historic event, this curator-led tour will be conducted by Kathleen Benson, with a brief introduction by early Japanese photograph collector and JASA member Tom Burnett.


June

Date, time and transportation to be announced

East Hampton, Long Island

Garden Visit to Longhouse Reserve

View works by Japanese sculptor Ryo Toyonaga, followed by a luncheon and Japanese garden visit at the home of JASA Member Vincent Covello and Carol Mandel.


May

Tuesday, May 11, 6:00 p.m.

New York University, Institute of Fine Arts
1 East 78th Street
New York, New York

Speaker: Laura J. Mueller

Laura J. Mueller is an independent scholar and author of Adornment in Clay: The Rise of Ceramic Netsuke, an exhibition catalog for a show opening this Fall at the Toledo Museum of Art, Ohio. She recently presented a tour of the show “Competition and Collaboration” for JASA Members at the Brooklyn Museum, when the exhibition that she curated for the Chazen Art Museum traveled there.

This will be the first talk for JASA to focus on netsuke.


April

Saturday, April 17, 1-4:15 p.m.

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

A symposium on Kuniyoshi in conjunction with the exhibit “Graphic Heroes, Magic Monsters: Japanese Prints by Utagawa Kuniyoshi from the Arthur R. Miller Collection”

Talks by Tim Clark, Curator and Head of the Japanese section in the Department of Asia, the British Museum; Sarah E. Thompson, Assistant Curator for Japanese prints at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; and Edward Kamens, Sumitomo Professor of Japanese Literature at Yale University

This event is co-sponsored by the Japan Society and JASA, and generously supported by The Japanese Art Dealers Association (JADA).


Wednesday, April 28, 2 p.m.

Private showing
New York, New York

A visit to The Mary Griggs Burke Collection of Japanese Art

March

Sunday, March 21, 11 a.m.

The Marymount School
1026 Fifth Avenue, at 84th Street
New York, New York

Annual Meeting and Program

Special guest speaker Willard G. Clark, Collector and Founder of the Clark Center for Japanese Art and Culture in Hanford, California, will discuss his collection and the Center.


Monday, March 16 at 6:30 p.m.

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

Japanese Art in America: Building the Next Generation

For the past 40 years, Japanese art has thrived in American museums, universities, and private collections, but many specialists in the field see less easy times ahead. An international panel of leading experts from the worlds of scholarship, museums, and collecting will consider the challenges facing the study and display of Japanese art in the United States, suggest ways of overcoming them, and, most important, make the case for the contribution that Japanese art can make to American culture.


Moderator: Richard J. Wood, President, Japan Society.

Panelists; Hideki Hayashida, Director, The National Art Center, Tokyo; Joe Earle, Vice President of Japan Society and Director of Japan Society Gallery; Yukio Lippitt, Harris K. Weston Associate Professor of the Humanities, Harvard University; Willard Clark, collector and founder of the Clark Center for Japanese Art and Culture, Hanford, California.


February

Saturday, February 20

Bethesda and Baltimore, Maryland

Special Private Collection Visits

Note: We are sorry to announce that Dr. and Mrs. Feinberg have had to cancel our visit to their collection in February due to illness. The visit will be rescheduled. We hope for a speedy recovery and look forward to seeing the collection in the fall.


The Japanese collection at the Walters Art Gallery in Baltimore, and especially their current cloisonné exhibition, are well worth a visit. We hope some of you will plan to visit there on your own.


Wednesday, February 24, 6, p.m.

New York University, Institute of Fine Arts
1 East 78th Street
New York, New York

Understanding Railways as Reflected in the Art of Edo and Meiji Japan: Prints, Paintings and Photographic Images

Speaker: Dan Free, author of the award-winning book Early Japanese Railways


January

Tuesday, January 26, 6 p.m.

New York University, Institute of Fine Arts
1 East 78th Street
New York, New York

Working in Large Scale: the Newly Discovered Whale and Elephant Screens of Jakuchu

Speaker: Hans Thomsen, Professor of East Asian Art at the Institute of Art History, University of Zurich