Lecture "Gilded-Age Bostonians and Old Japan: An Ironic Love Affair"

  • 10 Jun 2015
  • 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
  • Harry and Mildred Remis Auditorium (Auditorium 161), Museum of Fine Arts, 465 Huntington Avenue Boston


Museum of Fine Arts, Boston presents

Lecture "Gilded-Age Bostonians and Old Japan: An Ironic Love Affair"


June 10, 2015
7:00 pm – 8:00 pm


Harry and Mildred Remis Auditorium (Auditorium 161), Museum of Fine Arts, 465 Huntington Avenue Boston


Cultivated Bostonians of the Gilded Age, including connoisseurs and collectors closely associated with the MFA, fell in love with Japanese art and culture soon after Japan opened its borders to the West. These Bostonians, eager to learn from Japanese artists like Hokusai, sought to conserve a vanishing civilization. Through examples from the Museum’s collection of Japanese art, Benfey explores this “ironic love affair” between two contrasting nations and cultures. A book signing follows the lecture.


Christopher Benfey
Andrew W. Mellon Professor of English, Mount Holyoke College; author The Great Wave: Gilded Age Misfits, Japanese Eccentrics, and the Opening of Old Japan


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