Special Lecture: The World of Japanese Actor Prints

Jun 30, 5:30pm - 6:30pm

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Intersections of Life and Culture: The World of Japanese Actor Prints of the Eighteenth and Nineteenth Centuries, is the topic of this entertaining lecture by David Phillips, Ph.D., Wake Forest University,  concurrent with the exhibition, Encore!: Japanese Actor Prints from the Permanent Collection, on view at the Weatherspoon thru August 7.

The Tokugawa period (1600-1868) was an exciting time in Japanese culture. Commoner culture flourished, cities thrived, and new forms of literature, art, and music were created and specially formulated to entice the populace. Whereas Noh drama appealed to the tastes of the aristocracy, Kabuki theater was the venue for popular tastes, often the soap opera of the day or a fictionalization of the latest scandal or political romance.

Come explore the world behind the prints: a world of intrigue, suspense, vengeance and romance that exemplifies the notion of iki, or cultural innovation and dashing taste that was the hallmark of the edokko, or citizens of the capital of Edo.

David Phillips is an Associate Professor in Humanities at Wake Forest University and a core faculty member of Wake Forest’s Program in Women’s and Gender Studies. A graduate of Cornell University, he completed a Masters in Architecture at the University of Washington and a doctorate in Urban and Regional Planning at the University of Pennsylvania, specializing in Japanese urban history, architecture, and planning. His current research includes applications in creativity studies in higher education, digital humanities and public engagement, and a reassessment of the utopian planning schemes of twentieth century architect Kenzo Tange.


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