Society Conversation with Akiko Walley

Upper Category Member Events
Katsura Villa. Photo courtesy of Akiko Walley.

Society Conversation with Akiko Walley

February 24, 2024
2:00 p.m.
Private Residence in Oakland
$20 per person Society Upper Category members and guests. Advance registration must be received by the SAA by Feb. 14, 2024.

The Society for Asian Art Cordially Invites You
to an Upper Category Member Event

Society Conversation with Akiko Walley


Saturday, February 24, 2024, 2:00 p.m.
Private Residence in Oakland
Fee: $20 per person Society Upper Category members and guests
Advance registration must be received by the SAA by February 14, 2024.

Society Upper Category members are invited to join a Society Conversation with Akiko Walley, the Maude I. Kerns Associate Professor of Japanese Art, at the University of Oregon.

Dr. Walley will be speaking about the legendary Katsura Villa in Kyoto.  She will explain how this magnificent villa was decorated with an exquisite blend of Heian-period courtly elegance and the rusticity characterizing the wabi aspect of the medieval Japanese tea ceremony. Her interpretation is that these and other aspects like the villa’s reserved color palette and impeccable detailing were intended to obliquely (but powerfully) criticize the ostentatiousness of the Tokugawa shogunate’s warrior class aesthetic.

This promises to be a “not to be missed” presentation for any Upper Category member who has visited Katsura Villa (such as participants on the recent SAA trip to Japan) or who has considered visiting in the future.

The event is limited to a maximum of 20 people, so please sign up as soon as possible.

The exact address will be provided to registered attendees approximately one week before the event.

Light refreshments will be served.

This event is now sold out. Please email the SAA Office Manager if you would like to be added to the wait list.

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