Kyoto in Brooklyn: The Kyoto Screens (Rakuchū rakugai zu) in the Brooklyn Museum

Kyoto in Brooklyn: The Kyoto Screens (Rakuchū rakugai zu) in the Brooklyn Museum

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Unknown Artist, Views In and Around Kyoto (Rakuchū rakugai zu), circa 1616-24 (Edo period). One of a pair of screens (left). Ink, color and gold leaf on paper; 130 x 68 ½ in. Brooklyn Museum, Gift of W.W. Hoffman, 54.144a

This event will be held at Japan Society.

Kyoto, Japan’s old capital for over 1,000 years, is a city where culture, commerce and politics have long given rise to powerful creative energies. At the dawn of Japan’s early modern era in the early 16th century, artists in Kyoto invented a genre of panoramic cityscapes called rakuchū rakugai zu (views of Kyoto). Matthew P. McKelway, Takeo and Itsuko Atsumi Associate Professor of Japanese Art, Columbia University, is an authority on these mesmerizing screen paintings. In this lecture, he unravels the fascinating and jewel-like details of the Kyoto screens in the Brooklyn Museum, one of the key works featured in the exhibition Points of Departure.

This lecture is part of the exhibition-related programming for Points of Departure: Treasures of Japan from the Brooklyn Museum.
Tickets $12/$8 Japan Society members, students, and seniors (includes exhibition admission)

Arts & Culture Lecture Programs are made possible by funding from the Lila Wallace-Reader’s Digest Endowment Fund.
Additional support is provided by Chris A. Wachenheim, and the Sandy Heck Lecture Fund.

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