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Curator’s Choice Lecture with Miriam Wattles: Gossip Afloat on Sunday, December 8, 2013

Gossip Afloat: Itchō and Asazuma Boat in 18th- and 19th-Century Japan

When: Sunday, December 8, 2:00pm

Location: Mary Craig Auditorium, Santa Barbara Museum of Art

Santa Barbara Museum of Art
1130 State Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93101

Free for SBMA Members/$10 Non-Members/$6 Senior Non-Members
(includes Museum Admission)

Register at the Museum Visitor Services desks, or CLICK HERE to purchase tickets online.
Pre-registration suggested. Seating is limited.

Lecture by Miriam Wattles Ph.D., Associate Professor, History of Art and Architecture, University of California, Santa Barbara. Currently Tokyo Study Center Director for UC Education Abroad Program, Visiting Professor, International Christian University, Tokyo.

The simple image of a lady seated in a boat, moored by a gnarled willow is now recognized by only a few as “Asazuma Boat.” Yet for many generations this motif was well known and widespread in Japan, appearing in paintings, woodcuts, drama, dance, parody books, novels, and fashion accessories. In fact, a whiff of scandal propelled its popularity. Its first rendition was commonly thought to have been political satire, and the cause of exile for its painter, Hanabusa Itchפ (1652-1724). Using SBMA’s own “Asazuma Boat” painting by Seitei in the late 19th century as a point of departure, Professor Wattles will discuss the legend surrounding this notorious motif and the renegade artist Itchפ, revealing something of the undercurrents that circulated through early modern Japanese politics, media, and art.

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