Love Rarely Met:
The History of Geisha and Their Art
Asian Art and History: Behind the Silks
Artis—Naples Lifelong Learning
Dr. Andrew Maske, Associate Professor of Art History, University of Kentucky
Since the 19th century, people in the West have been fascinated by the Japanese entertainers called geisha. This lectures goes behind the scenes to examine how geisha have been seen in their own culture and explores the aesthetic and artistic attributes that continue to intrigue millions around the world today.
This lecture will be followed by lunch and a discussion with the lecturer that is included in the ticket price. This presentation is part of the Asian Art and History lecture series.
Andrew L. Maske is a scholar of Asian art, specializing in ceramics. Now associate professor of art history at the University of Kentucky, he was formerly curator of Japanese art at the Peabody Essex Museum in Salem, Massachusetts. Dr. Maske has organized or made major contributions to numerous publications on Asian art, including Turning Point: Oribe and the Arts of Sixteenth Century Japan (Metropolitan Museum of Art, 2003), Ken Matsuzaki: Burning Tradition (Syracuse University Press, 2008), Phil Rogers, Potter (Pucker Art Publications, 2007) and Geisha: Beyond the Painted Smile (Peabody Essex Museum, 2003). He has written on Japanese art for the Berkshire Encyclopedia of World History, second edition, and has presented in the Fourth Forbes Symposium at the Freer Gallery of Art on scientific research in historic Asian ceramics. He received his doctoral degree in Japanese ceramics from Oxford University in 1995 and has held positions at Harvard University and the Rhode Island School of Design. He also has spent seven years living in Japan and one year in China on a Fulbright research fellowship (2006-07). Dr. Maske’s book, Potters and Patrons in Edo Period Japan: Takatori Ware and the Kuroda Domain, was published by Ashgate Publishers (now Routledge) in 2011.