John T. Carpenter: Amusements in a Samurai Mansion—Male Youths as Actors, Escorts or Outcasts in Early Edo Art

John T. Carpenter: Amusements in a Samurai Mansion—Male Youths as Actors, Escorts or Outcasts in Early Edo Art

Sunday, March 12, 2017

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John Carpenter; Ippitsusai Bunchō (active 1755-1790), Segawa Kikunojō II Playing a Flute and Ichikawa Komazō II Holding a Lantern (detail). Color woodblock print, ROM 926.18.240, Sir Edmund Walker Collection. Courtesy of the Royal Ontario Museum, © ROM.

Sunday, March 12, 11 AM (10:30 AM check-in recommended)

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Join John T. Carpenter (Mary Griggs Burke Curator of Japanese Art, The Metropolitan Museum of Art) for this discussion on the imagery of male youths in Japanese painting, from medieval to early modern times. His lecture will contextualize ukiyo-e prints depicting handsome and stylishly dressed wakashu—the " third gender" at the core of Japan Society's spring exhibition, A Third Gender: Beautiful Youths in Japanese Prints. Followed by refreshments and post-lecture tours by Japan Society staff, first-come, first-served.

$15/$12 Japan Society members, seniors & students

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John T. Carpenter, the Mary Griggs Burke Curator of Japanese Art at The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, has published widely on Japanese art, especially in the areas of calligraphy, painting, and woodblock prints. From 1999 to 2009, Dr. Carpenter taught the history of Japanese art at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London, and served as Head of the London Office of the Sainsbury Institute for the Study of Japanese Arts and Cultures. He was a visiting professor in the Department of Cultural Resource Studies at the University of Tokyo from 2009 to 2011, and has taught courses at the University of Heidelberg. His lecture, which will contextualize the history of depictions of wakashu (male youths) in premodern Japanese paintings and prints, will also introduce a sumptuously detailed set of early seventeenth-century screens Amusements in a Mansion, recently acquired by The Met.

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