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When:
Thursday, May 30, 2019
Instructor:
Sarah Thompson

Sarah E. Thompson will share with us the fascinating story of how, in the early 19th Century, the color woodblock prints known as ukiyo-e first inspired tattoo artists, as the pictorial tradition of tattooing in Japan was just beginning. She will explore the Japanese tattoo’s evolving meanings, from symbol of devotion to punishment and even to crime, and will reveal some of the tales behind specific motifs.

Sarah E. Thompson is the Curator of Japanese Art at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston. She curated the Asian Art Museum’s exhibition, Tattoos in Japanese Prints, which opens May 31, 2019, and wrote the accompanying...

When:
Thursday, June 6, 2019
Instructor:
Lynne Kimura

Online registration is now closed for this event. Please contact the SAA office if you are interested in attending the event, and would like to be placed on the waitlist. Thank you.

Join us at the BAMPFA Helzel Works on Paper Study Center for a look at highlights from the museum’s ukiyo-e collection, notably a selection of beautiful surimono, specially commissioned and gorgeously carved and printed New Year’s prints. Some surimono are by famous artists, such as Hokusai and Kunisada, while some of the most unusual and sumptuous are by lesserknown, but highly refined specialists in...

When:
Friday, June 14, 2019
Instructor:
Asian Art Museum Storytellers

Enter the magical world of Asian myths and folklore as the museum’s superb storytellers tell tales never meant for children, full of passion and intrigue. They will regale us with stories that bring selected art objects to life, some from our collection, others from our special summer exhibitions, The Bold Brush of Au Ho-Nien and Tattoos in Japanese Prints. Not only will storytellers share fascinating lore with us, they’ll also give us a bit of background on the art of storytelling. You might discover that you have a hidden yen to tell tales yourself! 

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