USC Lecture — “Private Connoisseurs, Public Collections: A West Coast Perspective on Collecting Japanese Prints in the U.S.” Feb. 7, 4:00 – 5:30PM

University of Southern California Pacific Asia Museum

Private Connoisseurs, Public Collections: A West Coast Perspective on Collecting Japanese Prints in the U.S.

Thursday, February 7 at 4:00pm to 5:30pm

Montgomery Ross Fisher Building (MRF), 340
669 West 34th Street, Los Angeles, CA 90089

A Talk by Dr. Jeannie Kenmotsu, Assistant Curator of Japanese Art at Portland Art Museum

Japanese woodblock prints were met with an enthusiastic audience in the United States in the late-nineteenth and early-twentieth centuries.

However, our current understanding of early print collecting has been filtered largely through the prism of specific private collectors based on the east coast.

These donations laid the groundwork for the creation of museum collections in Boston, New York, and Chicago.

This lecture by Dr. Jeannie Kenmotsu explores the lesser known contours of collecting Japanese art on the west coast. It reframes the story of early print collecting in the United States through an alternative but nonetheless foundational case study: an early donation of nearly 750 Edo-period (1603-1868) woodblock prints to the Portland Art Museum, Oregon.

This talk is sponsored and organized by the USC Department of Art History and East Asian Studies Center.

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