Connoisseurship: Maps of Early Modern Japan

2 Dec 2017

Event times

5 PM

Cost of entry

$40/$35 Japan Society members, seniors & students

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New York
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  • M15 to 47th Street, M101 or M102 north on Third Avenue to 47th Street, or crosstown M50 (on weekdays) or M42
  • 4,5,6,7 and S at Grand Central Station; 6 at 51st Street and Lexington Avenue; and the E, M at Lexington Avenue and 53rd Street. Public parking available nearby.
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In partnership with our friends from Arader Gallery, this hands-on seminar with Prof. D. Max Moerman (Department Chair, Asian and Middle Eastern Cultures, Barnard College) compares early European maps of Japan with Japanese cartography of the same period.


The late 16th and early 17th centuries coincide with a burgeoning awareness of, and interest in, the expanse of the globe. It was a time when cartography flourished as a form of both scientific knowledge and artistic expression across the world. For this seminar, viewings of rare and early examples will cast light on culturally contingent ways of viewing and recording the world at the historically significant juncture highlighted in the exhibition Hiroshi Sugimoto: Gates of Paradiseon view through January 7, 2018 at Japan Society.


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