Gallery Talk: Reframing Japonisme (The Harvard Art Museums)

Date of event:   04/05/2021 − 04/05/2021

Title: Reframing Japonisme
Format: Online Talk
Date: Tuesday, 4 May 2021 (12:30pm – 1:00pm)
Organized by: The Harvard Art Museums, Cambridge, MA, USA

The fable of the 19th-century European “discovery” of Japanese prints and their catalytic effect on Impressionist painting is by now comfortably worn, threadbare even. But what were painters in Europe actually encountering?

In this talk, curator Rachel Saunders will take a close look at a major new acquisition that shines a distinctly different light on European interest in “Japanese art,” and the ways in which this new category was constructed in Japan itself.

Led by:
Rachel Saunders, Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Curator of Asian Art, Division of Asian and Mediterranean Art

This talk is part of a series inspired by ReFrame, a museum-wide initiative to reimagine the function, role, and future of the university art museum. These talks examine difficult histories, foreground untold stories, and experiment with new approaches to the collections of the Harvard Art Museums, reflecting the concerns of our world today.

This talk will take place online via Zoom. Free admission, but registration is required. To register, please complete this online form. For instructions on how to join a meeting in Zoom, please click here. If you have any questions, please contact

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