Dr. Aya Louisa McDonald, UNLV associate professor of art history and chair of the art department will discuss contemporary Japanese art and the UNLV Marjorie Barrick Museum's current exhibition "Passage to the Future: Art from a New Generation in Japan."
We suggest that visitors view the exhibition prior to the lecture.
About the exhibit:
Featuring forty-two works from eleven Japanese artists, some internationally known, some relatively obscure, "Passage to the Future" is a tight yet broad-ranging demonstration of contemporary Japanese art, a sampling of sculpture, photography, filmmaking, painting, ceramic ware, and installation work. Yoshihiro Suda carves a single small petal out of wood -- Miyuki Yokomizo assembles a room of soap bars big enough to walk in. Tabaimo makes satire out of street slang and historical references. Raku Kichizaemon the 15th refreshes his family tradition with a raku tea bowl. Tetsuya Nakamura is sleek and speedy. Tomoyasu Murata is handmade and nostalgic.
Artists: Atsushi Fukui, Satoshi Hirose, Maywa Denki, Tomoyasu Murata, Tetsuya Nakamura, Masafumi Sanai, Katsuhiro Saiki, Yoshihiro Suda, Tabaimo, Nobuyuki Takahashi, Miyuki Yokomizo
Aya Louisa McDonald, associate professor of art history and chair of the art department, received her Ph.D in East Asian Art from Stanford University. She did post-graduate studies in Japanese art history at Tokyo University and wrote her doctoral dissertation on gender distinctions in medieval Japanese narrative scroll painting. A post-doc took her to Harvard University where she was an associate in research at the Edwin O. Reischauer Institute for Japanese Studies and taught at Mount Holyoke College, Tufts University, and Dartmouth College, before joining the faculty at UNLV. McDonald’s scholarly and editorial interests range from late French Japonisme (Henri Rivière’s 1902 Les Trente-six Vues de la Tour Eiffel) to modern and contemporary Japanese art. Her current research is focused on the relationship between art and war, particularly the World War II paintings of the Japanese western-style artist, Fujita Tsuguharu (1886-1968). Her most recent publication (December 2012) is "Art and War in Japan and its Empire: 1931-1960," an anthology of art historical essays that she co-edited for Brill’s Japanese Visual Culture Series, and which includes her own essay on Fujita’s war art.