KABUKI in PRINT: Actor, Fans, Image, and Medium in Early Modern Japan and Beyond
November 4-5, 2022
In-person conference at multiple locations (registration requested for Saturday program; click here to register)
Livestreaming Zoom option (click here to register) for keynote lecture
Sponsored by the Center for East Asian Studies in conjunction with the Smart Museum of Art, Franke Institute for the Humanities, and the Center for the Art of East Asia.
Click here to download the event poster.
Few early modern theater traditions boast a body of surviving ephemera as large, varied, and multi-faceted as Japanese kabuki. From the seventeenth through twentieth centuries, the woodblock print medium played a pivotal role in connecting kabuki actors and fans and engendering play between actor and role, vision and voice, and between the stage and the imagination. In 2015, the Smart Museum of Art received a transformative gift of over 1,000 Japanese prints from the collection of the late Brooks McCormick Jr. The majority of these works are theater prints of the late Edo (1600-1868) and Meiji (1868-1912) eras, and of these, a sizable number relate to kabuki in the kamigata or Osaka region rather than in Edo. This intimate symposium seeks to bring together experts from theater, literature, and art history in order to study the collection and contribute their own insights on the relation between page and stage in the case of kabuki. The resulting insights will have implications for all who are interested in the relation between print technology, narrative, visual art, fan cultures, and the stage.
Friday, November 4, 2022
|1:00 - 4:00 pm||
Viewing of prints at the Smart Museum of Art Study Room, 5550 S Greenwood Ave. (for presenters only)
IN-PERSON at Cochrane Woods Art Center 157, 5540 S. Greenwood Ave
Read the lecture abstract here.
|7:00 pm||Dinner for participants|
Saturday, November 5, 2022
IN-PERSON at Franke Institute for the Humanities 1100 E. 57th St
REGISTER here to be provided lunch.
Welcome and Opening remarks
|9:30 - 11:00 am||
Morning Session (part 1)
9:30-10:15 Maki Isaka
10:15-11:00 Satoko Shimazaki
|11:15 am - 12:00 pm||
Morning Session (part 2)
11:15-12:00 Ryoko Matsuba
|1:30 - 3:00 pm||
Afternoon Session (part 1)
1:30-2:15 Jiayi Chen
2:15-3:00 Melissa Van Wyk
|3:15 - 4:45 pm||
Afternoon Session (part 2)
3:15-4:00 Rhiannon Paget
4:00-4:45 Jonathan Zwicker
|7:00 pm||Dinner for participants|
Ph.D Candidate, University of Chicago
"What Can a Game Board Stage?: The Worlds of Toyohara Kunichika's Sugoroku Prints and Beyond"
Professor in Asian Languages & Literatures, University of Minnesota
"A Biblio-Medium or Two-Dimensional Kabuki in Its Own Right: Publications in the Kabuki Culture"
Lecturer in Japanese Digital Arts and Humanities, Sainsbury Institute for the Study of Japanese Arts and Cultures and University of East Anglia
"The Impact of Kabuki on Visual Culture"
Curator of Asian Art, The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art
"Kabuki in Perspective: The Theatre and Floating Pictures"
Associate Professor of Early Modern Japanese Theater and Literature, UCLA
"Recording Liveness: Theater Prints and Books in Age of Nanboku and Mokuami"
Melissa Van Wyk
Assistant Professor in Japanese Literature, University of Chicago
"Trains, Games, and Print: Transportation Technologies in 19th-century Kabuki Playbills"
Agassiz Professor of Japanese, University of California, Berkeley
"The Three Bodies of Horigkoshi Hideshi: Performance and Medium in Meiji Kabuki"
Read all abstracts here.