JASA Programs :: 2009 Archive Print

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

December 2009

Tuesday, December 15, 6:30 p.m.

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

Lecture on the exhibition “The Cultivated Object: Named Things in Momoyama period (1573–1613), Japan”

Andrew Watsky, Professor and Director of Graduate Studies, Department of Art and Archaeology, Princeton University will lecture on his current research.

Note: There will be a holiday reception after this program.


Tuesday, November 17, 2 p.m.

Metropolitan Museum of Art
1000 Fifth Avenue at 81st Street
New York, New York

Guided tour through the exhibition “Arts of the Samurai: Japanese Arms and Armor of the late Heian through Edo Period (ca. 1156–1868)”

Led by curator Morihiro Ogawa, special consultant for Japanese Arms and Armor at the museum.

Tuesday, October 27, 6:30 p.m.

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

Lecture on the exhibition “Serizawa: Master of Japanese Textile Design”

By catalogue authors, independent scholars and noted authorities on Japanese Textiles Terry Milhaupt (Board Member) and Amanda Mayer Stinchecum.


Saturday, September 19, 1-5 p.m.

Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, Meyer Auditorium
Smithsonian Institution
Independence Ave. at 12th St. S.W.
Washington, DC 20013-7012

An Afternoon with Japanese Art: The Tale of Shuten Dōji and the Japanese Art of Narrative>

The Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, Smithsonian Institution, cordially invites the members of the Japanese Art Society of America to a special program and reception on the final weekend of the exhibition, The Tale of Shuten Dōji. This unique exhibition presents two outstanding sets of Edo period handscrolls, fan sketches, screens and the first showing of selected books from the recently acquired Gerhard Pulverer Collection of Japanese Illustrated Books, as well as outstanding paintings on loan from the collections of JASA members Joe and Etsuko Price, and Robert and Betsy Feinberg.

The program will begin with lectures by Dr. Randle Keller Kimbrough, University of Colorado–Boulder, “Prequels and Sequels: The Many Illustrated Lives of the Demon Shuten Dōji,” and Dr. Quitman Eugene Phillips, University of Wisconsin, “Shuten Dōji: Art, Narrative, and Ritual.” The lectures will be followed by an audience discussion with the speakers and curator Ann Yonemura and a visit to the exhibition with the speakers who will discuss several works in detail. JASA members are cordially invited to join a reception following the program..

Tuesday, September 22, 2 p.m.

Metropolitan Museum of Art
1000 Fifth Avenue at 81st Street
New York, New York

Gallery tour of the exhibition “Astonishing Silhouettes: Western Fashion in 19th Century Japanese Prints”

Drawn from the Museum’s Department of Asian Art, The Costume Institute, and the Department of Drawings and Prints, the exhibition is a debut of the Museum’s holdings in Yokohama prints from the collection of William S. Lieberman (1923–2005), former head of the Museum’s Department of Twentieth-Century Art. Our guides will be Sinéad Kehoe and Masako Watanabe and Joyce Denney of the Asian Art Department and Jan Reeeder of the Costume Institute.


Friday-Monday, August 7-10
Japanese Art Society of America: A Special Journey to Northern California for JASA Members

JASA members are invited to join an exciting four-day journey to northern California, organized by Amy Poster and Allison Tolman. The trip includes visits to two extraordinary exhibitions, viewings of outstanding private collections and rendezvous with fellow collectors. Our itinerary:

Friday, August 7 (Sacramento)

Attend the opening of the special exhibition Soaring Voices: Japanese Women Ceramic Artists at the Crocker Art Museum.

Saturday, August 8 (Sacramento and San Francisco)

Morning: Take a private tour of Soaring Voices led by Maya Nishi, curator of the exhibition.
Afternoon: Lunch at the home of Sharon and Paul Dauer, including a viewing of their private collection of contemporary Japanese, English and American ceramics.
Evening: Travel to San Francisco by coach and have dinner with the group.

Sunday, August 9 (San Francisco)
Morning: Join a private tour of Lords of the Samurai, a special exhibition of the Eisei Bunko Collection, Tokyo, at the Asian Art Museum with Curator of Japanese Art Yoko Woodson.
Afternoon: Tour a private collection (to be announced).
Evening: Enjoy cocktails and a reception at the home of Japanese contemporary ceramic collectors, Kathy and Paul Bissinger, introduced by noted expert Joan B. Mirviss.

Monday, August 10 (San Francisco)

Morning: Program to be announced.
Afternoon: Attend a special viewing of selections of the famed Grabhorn Ukiyo-e Collection, recently bequeathed to the Asian Art Museum.


Saturday, May 16, 2 p.m.
Tea ceremony demonstration and tour of the Japanese Garden at Kykuit, the Rockefeller estate

Cynthia Altman, curator of Kykuit, has arranged for JASA members to enjoy a special tea ceremony demonstration by the Urasenke Society at the Japanese Garden at Pocantico. The garden is rarely open to the public and we are limiting the group to 20.


Friday, April 17

Yale University Art Gallery
1111 Chapel Street (at York Street)
New Haven, Connecticut
(203) 432-0611

A Journey of Tea: Japanese Tea Culture Past and Present

In conjunction with this special exhibition being held January 20 through April 26, 2009, a one-day symposium on tea culture will bring together eight representatives of tea practice and theory. Other related events are also scheduled for Thursday, April 16, and Saturday, April 18.
Speakers: Christine Guth, professor at the Royal College of Art and Victoria and Albert Museum in London; Samuel Morse, professor at Amherst College and curator of an exhibition of tea arts at Smith College in May 2007; Akanuma Taka, curator of Mitsui Kinen Bijutsukan, Tokyo, and an art historian specializing in ceramics or Nishida Hiroko, curator at Nezu Institute of Art, Tokyo, and an expert on ceramics; Nagoya Akira, curator of Gotoh Art Museum, Tokyo, and a specialist in calligraphy in the world of tea; Sen Sō'oku, tea master of Mushanokōji Senkea; Tsujimura Shirō, maker of tea-related utensils in Nara; Setsu Isao, head of Gatōdō, Tokyo, one of the most famous dealerships of tea related and Buddhist art; and Fujimori Terunobu, professor of architecture at Tokyo University and an enigmatic architect of modern tea houses.

Saturday and Sunday, April 18 and 19, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Princeton University
Helm Auditorium, McCosh 50
Princeton, New Jersey

Friends at a Brushwood Gate: A Symposium on Japanese Art in Honor of Professor Yoshiaki Shimizu

Organized by the P.Y. and Kinmay W. Tang Center for East Asian Art and co-sponsored by the Department of Art and Archaeology and the Princeton University Art Museum, this symposium will honor Yoshiaki Shimizu, Frederick Marquand Professor of Art and Archaeology, who will retire after more than 25 years of teaching at Princeton. Professor Shimizu's graduate students, past and present, will offer papers on their recent research.

Wednesday, April 29, 2 p.m.

Private showing
New York, New York

pVisit to the Mary Griggs Burke Collection of Japanese Art

The Board of Directors of the Japanese Art Society of America is pleased to announce this special viewing of ukiyo-e paintings and other works of art in the distinguished Mary Griggs Burke Collection of Japanese Art, located in New York City


Saturday, March 14, 5 p.m.

The National Academy of Art
Huntington Room
5 East 89th St.
New York, New York

Annual Meeting

After the meeting, please join us for the lecture Everlasting Sorrow: Kano Sansetsu's Paintings of a Chinese Ballad, by Matthew McKelway, Atsumi Associate Professor of Japanese Art, Department of Art History and Archaeology, Columbia University. The talk will focus on Edo-period handscrolls.

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.


Thursday, February 5, and Thursday, February 12, 6 p.m.

Private showings

Tour of Richard Fishbein and Estelle Bender's Collection

The collection focuses on Edo period paintings, including paintings by Moronobu, Eishi, Taiga, Buson, Okyo, Jakuchu, Shohaku, Rosetsu, Hoitsu and Kiitsu. The collection was built over the last 25 years by Richard Fishbein and his wife, Estelle Bender.

January 2009

Monday, January 12, 6 p.m.

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

Collecting Surimono in Pre-war Paris: Sources of the Marino Lusy Collection

Joan Mirviss of Joan Mirviss Ltd. Japanese Art, will be speaking. She is also curating an exhibition of theater surimono, The Art of Poetic and Pictorial Allusion in Japanese Prints, which runs from December 7, 2008, through April 13, 2009, at the Rietberg Museum in Zurich, Switzerland.