Opening Celebration - Painting Edo: Japanese Art from the Feinberg Collection


Thursday, February 13, 2020, 5:00pm to 9:00pm


Harvard Art Museums, 32 Quincy Street

Special Event - M. Victor Leventritt Lecture

Join us to celebrate the opening of Painting Edo: Japanese Art from the Feinberg Collection, on view at the Harvard Art Museums from February 14 through July 26, 2020.

Timon Screech, professor of the history of art at SOAS University of London, will present a lecture titled “Into the Kaleidoscope: Painting in Edo Japan.” Curator Rachel Saunders and professor Yukio Lippit will offer a brief introduction to the exhibition before the lecture.

Japanese art of the early modern Edo period (1615–1868) is spectacularly diverse, astonishing for both its quality and quantity. Had a person from the era been asked to account for this efflorescence, how would they have explained it? This lecture will address the circumstances that allowed such proliferation to occur and how it was perceived using visual materials, diaries, and critiques to re-create an “art mentality” for the age.

Painting Edo, one of the largest exhibitions ever presented at the Harvard Art Museums, offers a window onto the supremely rich visual culture of Japan’s early modern era. Selected from the unparalleled collection of Robert S. and Betsy G. Feinberg, the more than 120 works in the exhibition connect visitors with a seminal moment in the history of Japan, as the country settled into an era of peace under the warrior government of the shoguns and opened its doors to greater engagement with the outside world.

The opening celebration is free and open to the public. All galleries will remain open from 5 to 9pm. Guests are invited to view the exhibition on Level 3, to visit the Collections Galleries, and to enjoy a festive reception in the Calderwood Courtyard following the lecture.

The lecture will take place at 6pm, in Menschel Hall, Lower Level. Please enter the museums via the entrance on Broadway; seating for the lecture will begin at 5:15pm.

Tickets to the lecture are required. Tickets may be acquired in person, by phone, or online for a small fee through the Harvard Box Office, beginning at noon on Tuesday, February 4. Limit of two tickets per person. For more information, please visit the Harvard Box Office website

Complimentary parking available in the Broadway Garage, 7 Felton Street, Cambridge.