Lecture

Playful Heart: Cats in Ukiyo-e Prints
LECTURE

Playful Heart: Cats in Ukiyo-e Prints

Friday, March 13, 2015

Utagawa Hiroshige (1797–1858), Asakusa Ricefields and Torinomachi Festival from the series One Hundred Famous Views of Edo (detail), 1857. Color woodblock print; 22 ½ x 16 inches. Courtesy Hiraki Ukiyo-e Foundation; Mitsunobu Satō.

What was ukiyo-e to people during the Edo period? One of many answers to this question is asobi gokoro, literally translated as "playful heart." Japan Society Gallery Director Miwako Tezuka talks with Mitsunobu Satō, Director of the Hiraki Ukiyo-e Foundation, about the playfulness abundantly expressed in the cat prints from his foundation.

Followed by a reception.


Tickets: $18/$15 Japan Society members, seniors & students (includes exhibition admission)

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