Asian Art and History
Japan’s Ceramic Art Then and Now
Artis—Naples Lifelong Learning
Laura W. Allen, Ph.D., Chief Curator and Curator of Japanese Art at Asian Art Museum
Over the centuries, clay has been at the heart of Japan’s material culture, from humble storage vessels to elaborate dishware and tea ceremony utensils. This lecture examines key moments in this history and looks at today’s ceramic artists, both guided by tradition and breaking free in innovative ways.
This presentation is part of the Asian Art and History series.
Dr. Laura W. Allen is interim chief curator at the Asian Art Museum of San Francisco. She earned her bachelor’s degree from Oberlin College, her master’s from the Institute of Fine Arts at NYU and her Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley. Her publications include scholarly articles and essays on the Japanese narrative painting tradition, ukiyo-e, modern Japanese print, and artistic interchanges between Japan and the West, among other topics. Since 2012, she has curated several noteworthy exhibitions for the Asian Art Museum: In the Moment: Japanese Art from the Larry Ellison Collection; The Printer’s Eye: Ukiyo-e from the Grabhorn Collection; and Seduction: Japan's Floating World. She also served as in-house curator for Looking East: How Japan Inspired Monet, Van Gogh, and other Western Artists, a traveling exhibition from the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.