POSTPONED: Feminizing Art in Modern Japan

Thursday, April 23, 2020 at 12:00pm to 2:00pm

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Doheny Memorial Library (DML), East Asian Seminar Room (110C)
3550 Trousdale Parkway, Los Angeles, CA 90089

A talk with Prof. Yurika Wakamatsu (Occidental College). Late nineteenth-century Japan saw the emergence of new conceptions of art and gender, and strikingly, the feminization of art became a vital part of the modern ideals of Japanese womanhood. Indeed, art came to be perceived as a practice appropriate, or even essential, to women’s cultivation of their femininity. The modern discourse on art, therefore, was deeply interwoven with the shifting conceptions of ideal womanhood.


Yurika Wakamatsu (PhD, Harvard) is assistant professor of East Asian art at Occidental College. Her research examines the intersection of art and womanhood in nineteenth- and early twentieth-century Japan. Her current projects investigate the aesthetic and conceptual transformations of literati art (a combined practice of painting, poetry, and calligraphy first formulated in middle period China), and women’s place therein, in modernizing Japan.  

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Lecture / Talk / Workshop


Students, Alumni, Faculty/Staff


University Park Campus

Shinso Ito Center for Japanese Religions and Culture
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