Laudable Landscapes: Famous Places and the Japanese Tradition of Cultural Geography

Laudable Landscapes: Famous Places and the Japanese Tradition of Cultural Geography

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Katsushika Hokusai (1760-1849), View of Fuji from a Boat at Ushibori from the series Thirty-Six Views of Fuji (detail), 1834 (Edo period). Color woodblock print; 10 3/8 x 15 1/4 in. Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Louis V. Ledoux, 47.47

The Japanese archipelago has long been full of geographical sites charged with particular significance in visual art, material culture, and literature. Known as famous places, or meisho, these fascinating micro-geographies continue to inspire complex appreciations of landscape owing to the thick layers of meaning they have accumulated over time. Professor Robert Goree, Instructor of Japanese Literature at Boston University, an authority on cultural geography in early modern Japan, leads us on a journey as he highlights works featuring famous places in Points of DepartureFollowed by a reception.

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

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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