Chelsea Foxwell and Andreas Marks I Modernizing Japan: Yoshitoshi and a New Look for the Late 19th Century
With the overthrowing of the shogunate by Emperor Meiji (1852–1912) in 1868, Japan began its rapid transformation from feudal backwater to modern nation-state. During this time, the print designer and painter Tsukioka Yoshitoshi (1839–1892) was the undisputed leader in his field. A skilled draftsman, Yoshitoshi responded to changing tastes and moved away from the established way that prints looked during the Edo period (1603–1868). This conversation will consider the modernization of Japanese arts, with Yoshitoshi as the prime example. It is held in conjunction with the special exhibition “Yoshitoshi: Master Draftsman Transformed” (Cargill Gallery; February 1–April 12). Reception to follow.
Chelsea Foxwell is associate professor of art history and chair of the Center for the Art of East Asia Committee on Japanese Studies at the University of Chicago. Andreas Marks is Mary Griggs Burke Curator of Japanese and Korean Art, Japanese and Korean Art department head, and director of the Clark Center for Japanese Art at Mia.
Presented by the Asian Art Affinity Group.
This lecture is made possible by the generous support of the Elsa Carpenter Asian Art Lecture Fund.
$10, $5 My Mia members; free to members of the Asian Art Affinity Group. Click here to reserve tickets.