Meiji Art and Visual Culture – A Symposium in Conjunction with the Exhibition Meiji Modern: Fifty Years of New Japan

Friday, May 3 | Saturday, May 4
3:00PM - 6:00PM | 9:00AM - 6:00PM
Assembly Hall


Japan’s Meiji era (1868-1912) defined by disorienting urban transformation, boundless enthusiasm for new technologies and cultures, increased international trade, and rising geopolitical tensions offers many parallels to western modernity. This two-day symposium brings together leading scholars of Meiji art and culture from the United States, Great Britain, and Japan in order to reevaluate an artistic period described in terms of both continuity and change, westernization and the invention of Japanese tradition.

This program is co-sponsored by the University of Chicago Center for East Asian Studies (with generous support from a Title VI National Resource Center Grant from the U.S. Department of Education), the Smart Museum of Art, the Center for the Art of East Asia, and the International House Global Voices Program at the University of Chicago.

Persons with disabilities who may need assistance should contact International House in advance of the program at (773) 753-2274 or email:

This event is free and open to the public. Registration is required.

Please enter through door on South Dorchester Avenue.

Please note that there may be photography taken during this educational event by the University of Chicago Center for East Asian Studies for archival and publicity purposes. By attending this event, participants are confirming their permission to be photographed and the University of Chicago’s right to use, distribute, copy, and edit the recordings in any form of media for non-commercial, educational purposes, and to grant rights to third parties to do any of the foregoing.

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