Presented by the Japan Information & Culture Center, Embassy of Japan and the Japan-America Society of Washington D.C.
Join us for the Grand Finale of our 2017 spring exhibition Meet Netsuke! Storytellers of Japan!
Mr. James Abbott, Curator of the Evergreen Museum & Library, Johns Hopkins University, joins us to talk about the Garrett Collection, a magnificent selection of mask netsuke and more, and the history of the Garrett family as promoters of netsuke in the West. As part of the JICC exhibition, the Garrett Collectionhas been uniquely displayed in a fashion entirely different from its usual setting.
Following Mr. Abbot, Ms. Rosemary Bandini presents a lecture about the history of the earliest netsuke collectors and the role of netsuke in teaching people about the culture of Japan. The opening of Japan’s borders gave rise to a huge surge of interest in Europe and the USA, which manifested itself in some surprising ways as "Japan-mania" gripped the West.
About the Evergreen Museum
The Evergreen Museum & Library, the one-time Italianate country residence of two generations of Baltimore’s philanthropic Garrett family, is celebrated for its holdings of Asian arts—porcelains, lacquer wares, and netsuke (miniature carved ivories). The collections of the Evergreen afford a unique perspective regarding the evolution of American collecting taste and connoisseurship, from the country’s post-Civil War industrial revolution to the modern jet age.
About the Presenters
Mr. James Abbott has been the Philip Franklin Wagley Director and Curator of the Evergreen Museum & Library, Johns Hopkins University Museums since November 2007. In addition to directing historically-focused and contemporary programming, Mr. Abbot also teaches undergraduate courses at JHU and gives lectures, symposia, and special tours about the Evergreen’s unique collections.
Specializing in antique netsuke and inro, Rosemary Bandinistarted her career in the Japanese department of Sotheby’s in 1977, before marrying Luigi Bandini of Eskenazi Ltd, with whom she worked on the preparation of exhibition catalogues. She has made a reputation writing books about netsuke collections, including Shishi and Other Netsuke, the collection of Harriet Szechenyi and Tiny Titans, the sumo netsuke collection of Karl-Ludwig Kley. In 2013 she was appointed to the board of the International Netsuke Society as its European representative. Based in the London area, she now deals privately, producing catalogues of her stock and travelling extensively buying and selling fine Japanese works of art.
Co-presented by the JICC and the Japan-America Society of Washington D.C.
Sponsored by the Freeman Foundation, and generous local donors.
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