Art and Gender in an Age of Revolution

March 18, 2021 - 5:00 pm to 6:30 pm
Simon Partner (History, Duke University)

This talk by Professor Simon Partner (History, Duke University) will be based on the life of Kawai Koume, an artist and housewife in a bushi family in Kish┼źdomain who kept a diary from the 1830s till the 1880s. Koume's diary offers a window into life in a scholarly middle-class family before and after the Meiji Restoration.

The talk will focus on the social economy of Koume's artistic production - who she painted for, what rewards she got, and how the transformations of Japan's society and economy following the Meiji Restoration affected her work.

Discussant: Gennifer Weisenfeld, Professor, Art, Art History and Visual Studies, Duke.


***If you require captioning accommodation for the hearing-impaired, please contact APSI ( no later than March 10, 2021.***

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