Postponed - Symposium: Japan in the Age of Modernization: The Art of Tomioka Tessai and Otagaki Rengetsu
Postponed - Symposium: Japan in the Age of Modernization: The Art of Tomioka Tessai and Otagaki Rengetsu
WhenFriday, March 27, 2020, 9 AM – 5:30 PM
CategoriesLectures & Discussions
SponsorAsian Art Museum
VenueFreer Gallery of Art
Event LocationFreer, Meyer Auditorium
CostFree registration required for this event.
Related ExhibitionMeeting Tessai: Modern Japanese Art from the Cowles Collection
Details

This event has been postponed.

Japan entered an age of rapid modernization following the arrival of Commodore Matthew Perry’s US navy ships on its shores in the 1850s. It soon became the first nation in Asia whose military and industry was on par with Western imperialist countries in the late nineteenth and early twentieth century.

As the Japanese grappled with the massive effects of this rapid Western-inspired modernization, they searched for their cultural identity and increasingly turned to China for inspiration. The distinctively modern identity they built through the arts has only recently begun to be examined by researchers and through exhibitions.

This symposium gathers scholars from the United States, Japan, and Europe, who look beyond Japan’s Western industrialization to examine China’s role in forming the nation’s modern identity. It accompanies a major retrospective of the modern Japanese painter Tomioka Tessai (1836–1924) on view from March 28 to August 2, 2020, at the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Asian Art. A curator-led sneak preview of the exhibition concludes the symposium.
 

Free registration required for this event. https://www.eventbrite.com/e/japan-in-the-age-of-modernization-the-art-of-tessai-and-rengetsu-tickets-92101061755


 


Schedule


9–10 am


Coffee and Light Breakfast


Freer, conference room


 


10–10:30 am


Greetings


Cheney Cowles


Dr. Frank Feltens, Freer and Sackler


Freer, Meyer Auditorium


 


10:30–11 am


Presentations


Freer, Meyer Auditorium


 


10:30–11 am


Between Asia and the West: The Struggle for “Japan” in the Era of Modernization, 1860s–1910s


Professor Christopher Harding


University of Edinburgh


 


11–11:30 am


Tessai’s Private Space: Su Dongpo, Shitao, and Taiga in His New Chinese Collection


Professor Maromitsu Tsukamoto


University of Tokyo


 


11:30 am–12 pm


Antiquities, Modernity, and the World of Literati Art: Tomioka Tessai and the Kyoto Circle, 1895–1924


Dr. Tamaki Maeda


Independent scholar


 


12–12:30 pm


Discovering Tessai: Masamune Tokusaburō and Western-style (yōga) Japanese Painters


Dr. Michiyo Morioka


Independent scholar


 


12:30–2 pm


Lunch break


 


2–2:30 pm


Reinventing Oneself: The Artistic Career of Ōtagaki Rengetsu, 1791–1875


Professor Paul Berry


Formerly Kansai Gaidai University


 


2:30–3 pm


The Artifact of Literature:  Rengetsu’s Waka Poetics in Word, Image, and Object


Professor Melissa McCormick


Harvard University


 


3–3:30 pm


Along the Scholar’s Path: A Study of the Mounting Styles for the Works of Tomioka Tessai and Ōtagaki Rengetsu


Dr. Akiko Niwa


Freer and Sackler


 


4–5:30 pm


Tour of Meeting Tessai: Modern Japanese Art from the Cowles Collection


Dr. Frank Feltens


Sackler, level B1 lobby


 

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