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Woodwork and the Arts of Japan

March 27, 2017 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm


Woodwork and the Arts of Japan

Yukio Lippit, PhD, History of Art and Architecture, Harvard University and Johnson-Kulukundis Family Director of the Arts, Radcliffe Institute

1 Session: Monday, March 27, 7:00–8:30pm

Location: Hunnewell Building, Arnold Arboretum


Material culture in Japan is distinguished by its heavy reliance on wood in art-making. For over a millennium, the rich biomass heritage of the country has provided a foundation for the work of master carpenters and the emergence of a wide array of remarkable techniques for the wood-related arts. Yukio Lippit will examine how wood selection and the materiality of wood conditioned the development of these arts in a Japanese context. His lecture focuses on timber-frame architecture and how Japan’s culture of building provides a lens into the man-nature relationship; Japanese sculpture and the meanings inherent in the different types of woods employed for the creation of religious statues; and Japanese woodblock printing and the relationship of wood carving to the artistry of Japanese prints.
Fee $5
 Register at my.arboretum.harvard.edu or call 617-384-5277.


March 27, 2017
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
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Arnold Arboretum, Hunnewell Building
125 The Arborway
Jamaica Plain, MA 02130 United States


Pamela Thompson


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