The Institute for Japanese Studies and Department of History of Art present:
"Exhibiting Meiji Art as Global Modern Art History: Challenges and Possibilities"
University of Chicago
Abstract: The four decades of unprecedented political, economic, and cultural change that constututed Japan’s Meiji era (1868-1912) profoundly impacted the visual arts. This presentation will offer a curatorial and scholarly perspective on the forthcoming exhibition Meiji Modern: Fifty Years of New Japan. Throughout the twentieth century, art historians around the world downplayed the significance of Meiji art and craft objects, considering them “merely” decorative and technical, lacking in restraint, and derivative of Western trends. Today, new possibilities for understanding Meiji art abound thanks to a) the ascendance of cultural criticism that problematizes notions of purity and hybridity; and b) growing support for the idea that modernity is multiple, with trajectories that resist, comment on, or add to hitherto dominant narratives. How do we capitalize on these new possibilities while working with objects from local collections that were acquired under a different set of priorities? Download the PDF flyer here.
Chelsea Foxwell is Associate Professor of Art History, East Asian Languages and Civilizations, and the College at the University of Chicago. She received her PhD in 2008 from Columbia University. She is the author of Making Modern Japanese Painting: Kano Hōgai and the Search for Images (2015) and co-author and co-curator (with Anne Leonard) of Awash in Color: French and Japanese Prints (Smart Museum of Art, 2012). Foxwell has recently co-edited (with Wu Hung) a volume of essays on East Asian photography and is currently at work on a book that examines the origins of modern Japanese art in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. She is the recipient of grants from the Japanese Ministry of Education, the Japan Foundation, Getty Research Institute, Franke Institute for the Humanities, and the Institute for International Education (Fulbright Scholar).
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This event is supported by a U.S. Department of Education Title VI grant to The Ohio State University East Asian Studies Center.