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The Japanese Illustrated Book: Continuity and Change

A symposium at The New York Public Library
Wednesday, October 25, 9:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.

Kamisaka Sekka 神坂雪佳 (18661942),
artist. Flowers of a Hundred Worlds
(Momoyogusa 百々世草). Kyoto, Unsōdō,
Spencer Collection
The New York Public Library will open its new, landmark exhibition Ehon: The Artist and the Book in Japan to the public on October 20th. This exhibition is bound to prove revelatory, especially to American audiences. While the Library's important holdings in Japanese manuscripts, illuminated handscrolls, printed books, and prints are well known to historians and scholars of the book arts in Japan, they will certainly constitute eye-opening surprises for most Western viewers.

To mark this significant occasion, the Library is holding a one-day symposium to explore historical and contemporary topics on this theme. It is made possible by the Pforzheimer Foundation and the Pforzheimer Lectures in the Book Arts.

Matsumoto Hōji 松本奉時(fl. 1780s1810s),
Oguri Hakkei (fl. 1810s), and other artists.
Mano Tōkei 真野桃溪 (fl. 1810s), compiler.
Pictures by Famous Artists (Meika gafu
T家画譜). Nagoya, Eirakuya Tōshirō, 1814.
Spencer Collection

" The Japanese Illustrated Book: Continuity and Change" will take place on October 25th in the South Court Auditorium of the Humanities and Social Sciences Library, at Fifth Avenue and 42nd Street, starting at 9:00 o'clock. The morning program will feature curators and art historians, while the afternoon program will present practicing artists working creatively in these disciplines. The speakers come from Europe, Japan, and the United States.

The event is free, but spaces are limited, and you must register in advance in order to attend.

The symposium is presented in conjunction with the exhibition Ehon: The Artist and the Book in Japan, October 20, 2006 - February 4, 2007.

The Library is grateful to our colleagues at the Donald Keene Center of Japanese Culture, Columbia University, for their support and cooperation in organizing and publicizing this symposium.