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Scholar Spotlight: Faces in Japanese Art

  • Japan Information & Culture Center, Embassy of Japan 1150 18th Street Northwest Washington, DC, 20036 United States (map)

Scholar Spotlight: Faces in Japanese Art

JICC Seasonal Art Lecture Series from Emerging Scholars

Presented by the Japan Information & Culture Center, Embassy of Japan

Image: Scenes from The Tale of Genji (Genji monogatari)(2015.300.34a, b). Mary Griggs Burke Collection, Gift of the Mary and Jackson Burke Foundation, 2015

Few subjects have the power to command a viewer’s attention like the human face. It is often the part of an artwork that holds one’s gaze the longest and elicits the deepest affective responses. This talk will survey the long history of depicting the human face in Japanese art—from the Tale of Genji Scrollsto the prints of Utamaro. We will especially consider the rise of portraiture in Japan and the way in which portraiture has been shaped by a variety of technologies as well as by several long-lived and evocative conventions.

About the Presenter

Kristopher W. Kersey is assistant professor of art history at the University of Richmond. His research focuses on the intersecting histories of Japanese art, material culture, and design. In 2014-15 he was the Anne van Biema Postdoctoral Fellow at the Freer and Sackler Galleries, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC. His dissertation (University of California, Berkeley, 2014) was completed as an Andrew W. Mellon Predoctoral Fellow at the Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts (CASVA), National Gallery of Art (USA).

This event is free and open to the public, but registration is required for security purposes.

Program begins at 6:30 PM. Doors open 30 minutes prior.

No admission or re-entry will be permitted after 7:00 PM.

Registered guests will be seated on a first come, first served basis. Please arrive early as seating is limited and registration does not guarantee guests a seat.



Thu, May 3, 2018

6:30 PM – 8:00 PM EDT

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1150 18th Street Northwest 

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Washington, DC 20036 

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