WEDNESDAY, MAY 14, 8–9:30 pm

Kobayashi Kiyochika, Fireflies at Ochanomizu, 1880, woodblock print; ink and color on paper. Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, Robert O. Muller Collection, S2003.8.1131

Kobayashi Kiyochika, Fireflies at Ochanomizu, 1880, woodblock print; ink and color on paper. Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, Robert O. Muller Collection, S2003.8.1131

This interactive webinar explores the significance of night, light, and city landmarks in the London subjects of American expatriate artist James McNeill Whistler (1834–1903) and the Tokyo imagery of his Japanese contemporary Kobayashi Kiyochika (1847–1915). James Ulak, senior curator of Japanese art, and Lee Glazer, associate curator of American art, lead a group of international scholars in an examination of the artists’ shared pictorial language, overlapping themes, and cross-cultural networks of writers, critics, dealers, and collectors.

James McNeill Whistler, <em>The Thames,</em> 1878, lithotint on blue paper. Freer Gallery of Art, Gift of Charles Lang Freer, F1905.208.

James McNeill Whistler, The Thames, 1878, lithotint on blue paper. Freer Gallery of Art, Gift of Charles Lang Freer, F1905.208.

The program will be translated live into Japanese and French. It also includes a Q&A session and discussion between the audience and presenters. Supported by a generous grant from the Terra Foundation for American Art. Advance registration is required.

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SPEAKERS

  • James Ulak, Senior Curator of Japanese Art, Freer|Sackler
    Kiyochika: Master of the Night: Origins and Discoveries
  • Lee Glazer, Associate Curator of American Art, Freer|Sackler
    Looking beyond the Thames: Whistler, Kiyochika and the Poetics of Modernity
  • Franҫois Lachaud, École française d’Extrême-Orient
    The Hermit and the Arts: Kafū, Baudelaire, Kiyochika
  • Ayako Ono, Shinshu University
    Whistler and Modernity in Japan
  • John Siewert, College of Wooster
    Threshold Thematics in Whistler’s River Landscape

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