Symposium: Poetic Imagination in Japanese Art, Part I: Keynote Lecture

December 7, 2018 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
Whitsell Auditorium, Main Building

Poetic Imagination in Japanese Art: A Symposium
The Mildred Schnitzer Annual Asian Art Program for 2018

Friday, December 7, 6 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.: Keynote Lecture
Saturday, December 8, 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.: Symposium, followed by a Reception

Please join us for this celebration of the special exhibition, Poetic Imagination in Japanese Art: Selections from the Collection of Mary and Cheney Cowles. Members of the international team of scholars who contributed to the forthcoming catalogue will speak to the historical, literary, and artistic themes presented by works in the exhibition, and two senior scholars from Japan will offer commentary as discussants.

Poetic Imagination symposium programParticipants include

Paul Berry, Ph.D., formerly of Kansai Gaidai University and the University of Washington
“This is not a Pipe!”: The Relation of Artistic Identity and Patterns of Abstraction in Representation in Literati Painting

Maribeth Graybill, Ph.D., The Arlene and Harold Schnitzer Curator of Asian Art, Portland Art Museum

Shinobu Ikeda, Professor, Chiba University (discussant)

Masatomo Kawai, Ph.D., Professor Emeritus, Keiō University (discussant)

Michiyo Morioka, Ph.D., Independent Scholar
Modern Vision: Mount Penglai by Kondō Kōichiro

Joshua Mostow, Ph.D., Professor, University of British Columbia and Fellow, Royal Society of Canada
Retired Emperor Goyōzei’s Waka Album and “The Poetry-Contest between Different Eras”

Sadako Ohki, Ph.D., Japan Foundation Curator of Japanese Art, Yale University Art Gallery
Form and Line: The Art of Calligraphy

Arata Shimao, Ph.D. Professor of Japanese Art History, Gakushūin University, Tokyo

Tickets are $10 for members of the Portland Art Museum and $35 for the general public. Students are free with a valid student I.D. The ticket price includes admission to the Museum on Friday, December 7; Saturday, December 8; and Sunday, December 9, as well as the reception following the symposium on Saturday.

The symposium is funded by the Mildred Schnitzer Asian Art Endowment Fund, celebrating its 20th year of support for bringing renowned scholars of Asian art to Museum audiences. Additional support is provided by Bonhams, The Donald Jenkins Visiting Scholar Fund, and the Metropolitan Center for Far Eastern Art Studies.

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Bonhams & Butterfields


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 lectures. All restrooms have accessible stalls but no power doors. There are single-stall all-gender bathrooms available. Please ask staff for directions.

We will do our best to accommodate your needs when you arrive, however, we need 2-3 weeks advance notice for some specific requests. Please email requests to, or call 503-226-2811.

Yosa Buson, Thatched Retreat on Cold Mountain (detail), early to mid-1770s
Yosa Buson (Japanese, 1716–1783), Thatched Retreat on Cold Mountain (detail), early to mid-1770s, hanging scroll, ink and color on silk. Courtesy of Mary and Cheney Cowles, L2017.67.39