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Teaching Fellow in Japanese Studies
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Office123 Landrum Bolling Center
Office HoursMondays 1:00-2:30, Fridays 10:00-12:00 and by appointment
Arts of AsiaArts of Japan Contemporary Japanese Visual CultureEast Asian CraftGender and Japanese Visual CultureJapanese Art 19th Century to the PresentJapanese Gardens
My research interests center on East Asian art history and visual culture with a focus on national identity, transnationalism, and the ontology of craft. My dissertation, “Tomimoto Kenkichi (1886-1963) and the Discourse of Modern Japanese Ceramics,” sheds light on the construction of the modernist paradigm "art craft" (bijutsu kōgei), a form of cultural production emerging in response to the dissolving of feudal economic systems, the rise of transnationalism, and the symbolic catapulting of craft to the forefront of national Japanese cultural institutions.Select recent publications:“Tomimoto Kenkichi to futari no kenzan tono kakawari ni tsuite”富本憲吉と二人の乾山との関わりについて [The Relationship between Tomimoto Kenkichi and the Two Kenzans]. Tōyō Tōji Gakkai Kaihō東洋陶磁学会会報 (Report of the Oriental Ceramics Society) #70, February 25, 2010"Amerika ni okeru nihon kindai tōgei no gainen keisei – Hamada to Rosanjin no yuisei" アメリカにおける「日本近代陶芸」の概念形成—浜田と魯山人の優位性. [The Dominance of Hamada and Rosanjin in American Perceptions of Modern Japanese Ceramics]. Gendai no me 現代の眼. (Newsletter of the National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo) #575, April-May 2009“The Eye of the Ego Looks to Clay: Twentieth-century Japanese Ceramics and the Individual," in Faszination Keramik: Moderne japanische Meisterwerke in Ton aus der Sammlung Gisela Freudenberg [The Fascination of Ceramics: Masterpieces of Modern Japanese Pottery from the Gisela Freudenberg Collection], Stephan von der Schulenburg, ed., Frankfurt: Museum für Angewandte Kunst, 2005 (in German and English)Select recent presentations:“The Shining Jewel Lies in Your Hand: Experiential Education Approaches to East Asian Art History Courses,” The Future of East Asian Studies at Liberal Arts Colleges Conference, Earlham College, Oct. 6, 2012“Without Making Patterns from Patterns: Tomimoto Kenkichi and Modern Japanese Ceramics,” Annual Meeting Speaker, Asian Art Society, Indianapolis Museum of Art, April 25, 2012Moderator, Hiroshige and Kunisada at Earlham: Printed Visions of Travel and Literature in 19th Century Japan. 3rd Annual Research Conference, Earlham College, April 17, 2012“Mingei Ceramics,” Cincinnati Asian Art Society, Cincinnati Art Museum, Nov. 20, 2011“Tomimoto Kenkichi, Bernard Leach, and the Transnational Emergence of Bijutsu Tōki,” New England Association of Asian Studies Conference, Wellesley College, October 22, 2011“Imaging the Pot, Potting the Image: Modernist Japanese Visualities in the Prints, Photographs, and Metaceramics of Tomimoto Kenkichi" University of Cincinnati, Oct. 13, 2011“Crafts Now: Mapping American/Japanese Contemporary Crafts,” Utatsuyama Crafts Workshop, Kanazawa, June 24, 2010"Fans of Japan: Women’s Japonisme and Crazy Quilts in the United States 1876-1910,” Image and Gender Research Association Meeting, Musashi University, February 14, 2010“Tomimoto Kenkichi's "Linkage" (renkan) to Kenzan in the History of Modern Japanese Ceramics: Amateurism, Transnationalism, and Rebellion,” Modern Japanese History Workshop, Waseda University, February 5, 2010“Tomimoto Kenkichi and Ogata Kenzan,” Oriental Ceramics Society Symposium, National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo, Nov. 29, 2009“Objects on the Edge of Function: Tomimoto Kenkichi’s Kyoto Period Overglaze Enamel Porcelain,” Modern Design History Workshop Japan Symposium, Kyoto Women’s University, Dec. 6, 2009
Association for Asian Studies, College Art Association, Design History Workshop Japan, Image and Gender Research Society Japan, Japan Art History Forum, Japan Society of Oriental Ceramics