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Digital Replicas of Traditional Art in Japan; Curators’ Perspectives

NAJAS is pleased to introduce a new program made possible by funding from  the United States-Japan Foundation which avails of high resolution digital reproduction technologies to offer unprecedented access to important Japanese artworks to general audiences.   In cooperation with the Kyoto Culture Association and Canon Inc., NAJAS is offering four talks by curators hosted by Japan-America Societies in the second half of 2023.  The artworks have been selected by area experts from the image archive of Canon's "Tsuzuri" Cultural Heritage Inheritance Project.  This series represents a novel means to open a discussion about preservation, the role of technology and issues related to the return of artworks to original locations. Watch this page for announcement of the dates for these programs. 

2023 "Tsuzuri Project" Talks:

Japan-America Society of Houston

Date: December 8, 2023
Title: Curators' Perspectives: Preserving the Heritage of Hokusai from Meiji Japan and Beyond
Art: Katsushika Hokusai’s “Country Scenes and Mount Fuji”
Curator: Dr. Sarah Thompson, Curator of Japanese Art, Museum of Fine Arts Boston
Venue: The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston

Japan America Society of Michigan and Southwestern Ontario

Date: November 19, 2023
Title: Sotatsu's 'Waves at Matsushima' and Charles Lang Freer
Art: Tawaraya Sotatsu’s “Waves at Matsushima
Curator: Dr. Frank Feltens, Japan Foundation Associate Curator of Japanese Art, Smithsonian’s National Museum of Asian Art
Venue: Detroit Institute of Arts and The Charles Lang Freer House

Heart of America Japan America Society

Date: September 30, 2023
Title: Shōsō-in Imperial Treasures and their Replicas
Art: Hasegawa Tōhaku’s “Pine Forest” and “Landscapes"
Curator: Dr. Yukio Lippit, Jeffrey T. Chambers and Andrea Okamura Professor of History of Art and Architecture, Harvard University
Venue: Spencer Museum of Art

The Japan-America Society of Georgia

Date: September 7, 2023
Title: Celebrating Japanese Art - A Curator's Perspective
Art: Kano Sanraku’s “Morning Glories” and “Tigers in a Bamboo Grove”
Curator: Dr. Aaron Rio, Associate Curator of Japanese Art, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
Venue: High Museum of Art


NAJAS and our members are deeply grateful to the United States-Japan Foundation.

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