Evening for Educators: Poetic Imagination in Japanese Art

When:
October 18, 2018 @ 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm
2018-10-18T17:30:00-07:00
2018-10-18T19:30:00-07:00
Where:
Sunken Ballroom, Mark Building

Poetry lies at the heart of Japanese culture. Since ancient times, artists in Japan have expressed the most profound emotions and the most nuanced responses to the human condition in verse. The ability to turn a phrase has been a mark of social status, a way to woo a lover, and a means to express shared heritage and values. The more than one hundred works in the exhibition Poetic Imagination in Japanese Art illuminate how poetry—in both Japanese and Chinese—has taken visual form in Japan. The paintings and calligraphy in Poetic Imagination span from the eighth through the twentieth century and represent courtly, Buddhist, and literati spheres of artistic activity. Most of them are unveiled to the public for the first time here. Join us for a presentation by Maribeth Graybill, Ph.D., The Arlene and Harold Schnitzer Curator of Asian Art followed by an interactive workshop on writing haiku in response to works in the exhibition.

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Accessibility

The Portland Art Museum is pleased to offer accommodations to ensure that our programs are accessible and inclusive. All spaces for this program are accessible by wheelchair. Assistive listening devices are also available for the lecture.
Please email access@pam.org 2-3 weeks in advance, or call 503-226-2811.

Shōkadō Shōjō, calligraphy; Tawaraya Sōtatsu, painting; Waka Poem by Kakinomoto no Hitomaro, One of the Thirty-Six Poetic Immortals, early 17th century
Shōkadō Shōjō (Japanese, 1584–1639), calligraphy; Tawaraya Sōtatsu (Japanese, died 1643), painting, Waka Poem by Kakinomoto no Hitomaro, One of the Thirty-Six Poetic Immortals, early 17th century, shikishi mounted as a hanging scroll, ink on gold- and silver-decorated paper. Courtesy of Mary and Cheney Cowles, L2017.67.4