Reinventing Tokyo:
Japan's Largest City in the Artistic Imagination

On view August 25-December 30, 2012

Reinventing Tokyo is the first exhibition ever held in the United States to consider portrayals of Tokyo in light of the city’s continual reinvention since its founding, under the name Edo, more than 400 years ago. Reinventing Tokyo is also the first major international loan exhibition of Japanese art ever presented at the Mead Art Museum, which is known for the strength of its collection of Japanese prints and the depth of its commitment to Japanese studies. By opening the exhibition in 2012, the Mead marks the centenary of a transformational gift from the people of Tokyo to the people of the United States: the gift of 3,000 cherry trees in 1912 from Yukio Ozaki, the Mayor of Tokyo, to the city of Washington, DC. Read More»


Reinventing Tokyo
is accompanied by a fully illustrated scholarly catalogue, published by the Mead Art Museum at Amherst College and distributed by the University Press of New England. Edited by Samuel C. Morse, the catalogue includes essays by Morse, Trent Maxey, Timothy Van Compernolle, John W. Dower, and Yamashita Yūji.
ISBN: 978-0-914337-35-5

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Click here to see exhibition guest curator Prof. Samuel C. Morse discusses portrayals of Tokyo and its reinventions as depicted by printmakers, photographers and artists from the mid-nineteenth century to the present day.

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