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Webcast Panel Discussion: “Whistler and Kiyochika: Modernity, Melancholy and the Nocturne”

During this hour-and-half long webcast panel discussion, five scholars from Japan, France, and the U.S. will consider the nocturne as a vehicle for both James McNeill Whistler (1834–1903) and Kobayashi Kiyochika (1847–1915) to express a particularly modern sensibility. In a moderated discussion, scholars will examine common themes of nostalgia for the past and unease about rapid industrialization of the urban landscape, providing an in-depth and original analysis of the cross-cultural interchange between Kiyochika (and other Japanese artists of the Meiji era) and Whistler.

Lee Glazer, American Art Curator of the Freer/Sackler; and James Ulak, Senior Curator of Japanese Art, Freer/Sackler, will moderate and participate in the discussion with:

  • Ayako Ono, Professor of Art History, Shinshu University, Japan, who is currently curating an exhibition on Whistler and Japan;
  • John Siewert, Associate Professor of Art History, College of Wooster, Ohio; and
  • François Lachaud, Professor of Japanese Studies, Ecole française d’Extrême-Orient, Paris.

They will explore thematic, stylistic, and social-historical parallels between Whistler and Kiyochika.

For more information, please visit: http://smithsonianconference.org/WhistlerKiyochika/