Thursday, February 24
Japanese Modern Art in the World:
Global Modernism from a Local Perspective
by Alicia Volk
Assistant Professor, Department of Art History, University of Maryland
The lecture will introduce key monuments of Japanese modern art, with a focus on the oil painter Yorozu Tetsugorô, who devoted his career to resolving the sometimes uneasy relationship between native and foreign, and past and present, that was the defining challenge of Japanese modern art. Yorozu transposed the oppositional binary of East and West into an inclusive and synthetic relation between the local and the universal, and in this way was at the forefront of a modernist movement that sought to redefine Japanese modern art and the role it should play in the world. This lecture will demonstrate how his paintings, while participating in the various discourses of European modernism, also expanded the scope of modernism's possibilities and achievements.
Thursday, March 3
A New Aesthetic for a Manchu Emperor:
Kangxi Porcelain from Jingdezhen, 1661-1722
by Julia Curtis, Independent Curator
Beginning in the 1680s, the literati or scholarly vision which dominated the arts during the Ming dynasty (1368-1644) was subsumed by imperial taste and a new aesthetic. This lecture will explore porcelain made in Jingdezhen between 1662 and 1722, when political, economic and technological changes combined to produce some of the most vigorous but refined porcelains ever manufactured in China.