“Wrapped in Fashion: Japanese Kimono,” is the next talk in the Elizabeth Allen Visiting Scholars in Art History Lecture Series. Presented by Janice Katz, the Roger L. Weston Associate Curator of Japanese Art at the Art Institute of Chicago, the lecture will be held virtually, via Zoom, Tuesday, April 6 at 11 a.m.

Furisode 19th century Japan

Furisode, 19th century, Japan
Silk, satin damask weave (rinzu); embroidered with silk and gold-leaf-over-lacquered-paper-strip-wrapped silk in satin stitches; laid work, couching, and padded couching; lined with silk, plain weave. Gift of Gaylord Donnelley in memory of Frances Gaylord Smith, 1991.637

Fashion in pre-modern Japan changed almost as quickly as it does today. Using images of kimono, prints, and paintings in the Art Institute as well as in collections worldwide, Katz discusses the meaning of the clothing chosen by various levels of society that inhabited Japan’s great 17th to 19th century urban metropolises.

Janice Katz has been with the Art Institute of Chicago for over 18 years where she curates quarterly exhibitions of Japanese prints.

She received her Ph.D. from Princeton University in 2004. Her research focuses on paintings from the Edo period (1615-1868) and the history of art collecting in Japan. Her publications include Japanese Paintings in the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford (2003), and Beyond Golden Clouds: Japanese Screens from the Art Institute of Chicago and the Saint Louis Art Museum (2009), an exhibition which traveled from Chicago to St. Louis and San Francisco.

Her most recent major exhibition at the Art Institute, Painting the Floating World: Ukiyo-e Masterpieces from the Weston Collection, and its accompanying catalogue, focused on ukiyo-e paintings of the 17th through 20th centuries.

The lecture is free and open to the public. Please register in advance.

Questions? Contact Connie Rhoton, crhoton@niu.edu or Helen Nagata, hnagata@niu.edu.

“Wrapped Up in Fashion: Japanese Kimono”
Janice Katz, Roger L. Weston Associate Curator of Japanese Art, Art Institute of Chicago
NIU Elizabeth Allen Visiting Scholars in Art History Lecture Series
Tuesday, April 6, 11 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
Free and open to the public.