Fall 2014

The Study and Exhibition of Japanese Prints: A Mead Art Museum Curatorial Seminar

Listed in: Asian Languages and Civilizations, as ASLC-467


Bradley M. Bailey (Section 01)


Though the foundation of this seminar will be object-based research and writing, this course differs from a typical art history seminar in that the final product is not a traditional research paper but rather a collaboratively produced, student-curated exhibition, which will open at the Mead Art Museum in spring 2015. While the ultimate theme of this exhibition will be determined by the seminar’s participants, it will focus primarily on the Mead’s superior holdings of Japanese woodblock prints, which number nearly 5,000, with examples from nearly every period and movement of Japanese woodblock printing from the early 17th century until the 1980s.

Through course readings, consultations with museum professionals, visits to other museums, and hands-on experience at the Mead, students will participate in each stage of exhibition planning, from inception to installation, as well as planning of programming and public outreach. Assignments will range from the crafting of museum-style texts (i.e., interpretive labels and reports) to object-based research and exhibition and graphic design. There will also be ample opportunity to explore executive and administrative museum work, including drafting press releases, creating marketing strategies, and exhibition budgeting. Throughout all of this, students will also gain deep familiarity with the history, traditions, and techniques of Japanese woodblock printing.

While all participants will learn a great deal about the Mead’s collections, and especially about Japanese prints, this seminar will also provide vital experience for those students who wish to pursue a career in the arts, museum, and/or not-for-profit sectors.

Limited to 10 students, with priority given to students who have familiarity with Japanese woodblock prints, especially through the spring 2014 course "The Social Life of the Japanese Print." Please contact the seminar’s organizer, Bradley Bailey, if you are interested in participating.  Fall semester.  Postdoctoral Fellow Bailey.

If Overenrolled: Participants will be selected based on prior experience with Japanese woodblock prints and/or museum exhibition work.


2022-23: Not offered
Other years: Offered in Fall 2014