Spring 2024

Japanese Art-Modern & Contemp: Utagawa Hiroshige to Murakami Takashi

Listed in: Art and the History of Art, as ARHA-230  |  Asian Languages and Civilizations, as ASLC-230


Samuel C. Morse (Section 01)


(Offered as ARHA 230 and ASLC 230) This class will focus on the transformations in artistic practice and expression in Japan from the mid-nineteenth century to the present. It will examine how artists and architects responded to Westernization in the nineteenth century, modernization in the first half of the twentieth century, Americanization in the post-war era, high-growth in the 1970s and 1980s, and globalization in the twenty-first century. In each of these periods artists grappled with how to adopt new materials and methods while maintaining connections to Japan’s long cultural traditions. Topics covered will include the invention of vocabularies to describe new artistic and historical concepts in the Meiji era, the response to industrialization in both new and traditional media in the 1920s and 1930s, artistic reactions to the trauma of the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki and the social and environmental problems of the 1960s and 1970s, as well as how artists during the past five decades established Japan a site of distinctive artistic practice on the global stage.

Spring 2024. Professor Morse.

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Students who enroll in this course will likely encounter and be expected to engage in the following intellectual skills, modes of learning, and assessment: Written work, group work, visual analysis

ARHA 230 - LEC

Section 01
M 10:00 AM - 10:50 AM FAYE 113
W 10:00 AM - 10:50 AM FAYE 113
F 10:00 AM - 10:50 AM FAYE 113


2024-25: Not offered
Other years: Offered in Fall 2012, Fall 2013, Spring 2015, Spring 2016, Spring 2024