Art & Art History Happenings

Imaging Disaster

"Imaging Disaster: Tokyo and the Visual Culture of Japan's Great Earthquake of 1923"
by Gennifer Weisenfeld, Duke University

Wednesday, November 20th
4:15-5:00 (followed by reception in LPAC Lobby)
LPAC Cinema, Swarthmore College

The Indian Ocean Tsunami, Hurricane Katrina, the Sichuan, Haiti and Tohoku earthquakes--the experience of disaster is both universal and particular. Most of us understand these horrific events through a complex matrix of media, most of them visual, that attempt to record and assign meaning to destruction, chaos, and tragedy. Images mediate our experiences. How the visual functions in relation to disaster, however, requires close critical examination. Focusing on one landmark catastrophic event in the history of an emerging modern nation---the Great Kant? Earthquake that devastated Japan's imperial capital and its surrounding areas in 1923---this talk explores how different media produce modes of seeing, understanding, and, eventually, remembering.

Gennifer Weisenfeld is Professor of Modern Japanese Art History and Visual Culture at Duke University. She is the author of two monographs: Mavo: Japanese Artists and the Avant-Garde, 1905-1931 (University of California Press,2002) and Imaging Disaster: Tokyo and the Visual Culture of Japan's Great Earthquake of 1923 (University of California Press, 2012). She has written numerous journal articles, including several on the history of Japanese design, such as, "'From Baby's First Bath': Ka? Soap and Modern Japanese Commercial Design" (The Art Bulletin, September 2004) and the core essay on MIT's award-winning website Visualizing Cultures on the Shiseido company's advertising design. She is currently working on a new book on the history of Japanese advertising and commercial design titled The Fine Art of Persuasion: Commercial Design in Twentieth-Century Japan.

Sponsored by the BMC 360 Program; Department of Art; Japanese Section, Department of Modern Languages and Literatures; and Asian Studies



Case Western Reserve University's Art and Art History Club would like to invite you to participate in our 10th Annual Undergraduate Art History Symposium, titled "Understanding Space and the Aesthetic Environment."
This year's theme aims to explore the importance of space, context, and the environment within and beyond the image or object. Undergraduates from all disciples are invited to submit an original 10-12 page research paper along with the attached Symposium Application Form to by January 15th.
The Symposium will be held Friday, March 29, 2013, 12:00pm-6:00pm at the Recital Hall in the Cleveland Museum of Art: . This event is free and open to the public. Following the symposium, presenters are invited to a complimentary reception dinner and a private tour of the museum. Students must arrange their own transportation and lodging.
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