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Japanese Art Society of America
P.O. Box 394
Lexington, MA 02420

All lectures are Zoom webinars and require advance registration.

December Event

Clay as Soft Power: The Rise of Shigaraki Ware in Postwar America
Online webinar, December 5, 5pm EST

Join JASA and Natsu Oyobe, Ph.D., curator of Asian Art at the University of Michigan Museum of Art. Illustrated through historic jars, works by American artists inspired by Shigaraki ware, and recent works by contemporary Japanese artists, this talk will uncover the stories of Shigaraki ware and its impact in America from the postwar era into the 21st century. Note: Advance registration is required: December 5 event.

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Recorded Lectures

Recordings of earlier online lectures, including the Zoom Webinar from September 29, Postwar Japanese Photography from 1945–1980 by Dr. Maggie Mustard, Kimono Style: The John C. Weber Collection from August 24th, Listening to Clay: Conversations with Contemporary Japanese Ceramic Artists with authors Alice North and Louise Allison Cort, held on May 10; Samurai Splendor: Sword Fittings from Edo Japan with Markus Sesko, Associate Curator of Asian Arms and Armor at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, held on April 28; Reflections of a Collector with George Mann, held on March 20; Avant-Garde Calligraphy and Zen between Postwar Japan, Europe, and the United States, held on February 9; The Japanese Buddhist World Map: Religious Vision and the Cartographic Imagination, held on January 11, 2022; and Hokusai: A Curatorial Perspective, held on December 1, 2021, are available on JASA's website, click here


Now available Impressions 43, Part Two (2022)
In this issue, Fredric Schneider tells how and why he formed a collection of cloisonné enamels, now a promised gift to the Peabody Essex Museum in Salem. We pay tribute to two JASA members, Jacqueline Avant, a Los Angeles lacquer collector, and Kōichi Yanagi, a premier art dealer with a gallery in New York. At the Jewish Museum in New York, Evgeny Steiner considered a display of Edmund De Waal’s netsuke, made famous in The Hare with Amber Eyes. Hollis Goodall takes us into the world of ghosts and demons exhibited in Santa Fe and New South Wales. Betty Swinton reviews a handy new book on ukiyo-e by Julie Davis, and Rosina Buckland tackles a lavish publication on Japanese screens; even though the book is too heavy to read in bed, it discusses the spatial aspects of screens with a conceptual, often French-focused approach. Samuel Morse introduces an exhibition of pottery in Minneapolis and its catalogue, Kamoda Shōji—The Art of Change. Finally, John Carpenter invokes Shōki, the Demon Queller, called upon in times of epidemic.

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