Visiting Artists

Japanese Ceramics: Cultural Roots and Contemporary Expressions Symposium

Presented By Ceramics Program
Location: Ceramics Studio


Description of the Event

The Ceramics Program, Office for the Arts at Harvard University, is presenting a symposium that will bring together leading artists, scholars, and curators to consider the cultural roots and contemporary expressions of Japanese ceramic traditions through lectures, master classes, and collection tours. This program will be the fifth in an annual series on cultural traditions in the ceramic arts produced by the Ceramics Program in collaboration with Harvard University and Boston area museums.

This symposium will be a unique forum for studying the dynamic interaction between modernism and traditional ceramic practice in Japan throughout the 20th century. Presentations will also consider the recurring waves of aesthetic influence that Japan has had on American educators, artists and craftsmen.

Master Classes: Akiyama, Yo, Kakurezaki, Ryuichi, Yabe, Makoto, Rob Barnard

Lectures by Artists and Scholars (in order of presentation):
Kida, Takuya, "Modern Revival of Momoyama Ceramics: Turning Point toward Modernization of Ceramics”
Louise Allison Cort, “Walking Away from Usable Clay: Japan's Avant Garde Ceramists in the 1950s”
Morgan Pitelka, “Raku Ceramics and Japanese Modernity”
Nakamura, Kimpei, “Without My Experience in America, I May Have Ended Up a ‘National Living Treasure’"
Christopher Benfey, "Red Brick, Black Mountain, White Clay”
Kikuchi, Yuko and Edmund de Waal, a joint presentation that will highlight and compare their perspectives on the historic context and the modern influence of the Mingei movement.
Janet Koplos, Jim Melchert, and Rob Barnard will give brief introductory presentations and engage in a conversation about the influence of Japanese aesthetics on American potter-sculptors and the receptivity of American craftsmen and artists to this influence.

Museum Tours:
Art Complex Museum, Duxbury, MA
Harvard University, Arthur M. Sackler Museum
Harvard University, Peabody Museum Archaeology and Ethnology
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
Peabody Essex Museum, Salem, MA
Smith College Museum of Art, Northampton, MA

Tea Ceremonies:
Harvard University, Chado Society
Art Complex Museum, Duxbury, MA

Gallery Receptions: featuring ceramics by Symposium presenters, other Japanese artsists, and Americans with strong connections to Japan
Genovese-Sullivan Gallery
Judith Dowling Asian Art
MIT Biology Building
Pucker Gallery

Adjunct Classes:
In conjunction with the symposium, Yabe, Makoto will be teaching two of the Ceramics Program Fall term classes and Nakazato, Hanako will be teaching one.

The Ceramics Program offers classes, workshops, seminars, and symposia for Harvard students, University employees, professional artists, and members of the greater Boston and international community. Director, Nancy Selvage, is responsible for the conception, development, and implementation of the symposium. She is very grateful for all of the advice and support received during the planning process.

The symposium is supported in part by grants from the
The Edwin O. Reischauer Institute of Japanese Studies, Harvard University, and
The Blakemore Foundation, Seattle, WA.
The symposium is presented in association with the Centennial Celebration Year of the Japan Society of Boston.

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