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Saturday University: Hokusai's Waterscapes

Sat Dec 9 2017

Asian Art Museum


10 AM – 11:30 AM

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Dip into a variety of waterscapes, past and present, as our speakers explore a complex of meanings, cultural traditions, and contemporary environmental issues. How did water imagery in early China form a basis for philosophy? From Chinese landscape painting to climate change in low-lying Bangladesh, join us for a cruise through ideas about water.

October & December: Seattle University, Pigott Auditorium (PIGT)
November: Seattle Art Museum, Plestcheeff Auditorium

Hokusai’s Waterscapes
Timothy Clark, head of the Japanese section in the Department of Asia, British Museum

This summer’s blockbuster exhibition at the British Museum in London was Hokusai: Beyond the Great Wave, curated by Timothy Clark, head of the Japanese section at that museum. The ever-popular Japanese painter and woodblock printmaker created The Great Wave print in 1831–33, one of most widely recognized works of art in the world. This exhibition stood out as a significant contribution among the many exhibitions and publications on Katsushika Hokusai through its focus on work from Hokusai’s later years.

SAM’s Gardner Center is delighted to present Clark’s lecture on Hokusai’s Waterscapes as the final talk in the fall Saturday University Series. In his talk, Clark will highlight some of the many prints and paintings by Hokusai that feature the energy and graphic power of water in its forms of ocean, rivers, snow, mist, and clouds.

In addition to this recent exhibition, Clark also produced a catalogue of the exhibition (now sold out) and was featured in a BBC documentary on Hokusai. He has also organized exhibitions such as Shunga: Sex and Pleasure in Japanese Prints, and published on many artists and aspects of ukiyo-e, including Kuniyoshi, Utamaro, and the painter Jakuchu.

Saturday University is held in partnership with the University of Washington Jackson School of International Studies, Seattle University, and Elliott Bay Book Company.


Oct 7

The Way of Water in Early Chinese Thought

Oct 7

The Way of Water in Early Chinese Thought

OCT 14

The Way of Water: Reading Landscape and Gender in Southern Song China

OCT 21

Architecture, Stepwells, and Cosmic Water in Western India

OCT 28

Creating Land in Paradise: Protest, Rights, and Sacred Waters on Bali's South Coast


Following Rivers Rich in Honey: Narratives of Travel, Environmental Design, and the Indian Landscape

NOV 11

History Flows from the Mekong Mud

NOV 18

The Pirate Archipelago: Images of Maritime Power in Late Medieval Japan


River Life and Climate Change in Bangladesh


Hokusai’s Waterscapes

This lecture is available as an add-on to the series ticket. To attend, please purchase your individual lecture ticket for Dec 9 by clicking GET TICKETS above.

Individual lecture tickets at the door as available: $10, SAM members $5; free at the door for students with ID
Please arrive to your seat 10 minutes before the program starts or your seat may be released.



Image: Tago Beach near Eijiri on the Tokaido Highway, Simplified View (Tokaido Eijiri tago-no-ura ryakuzu), from the series Thirty-six Views of Mount Fuji (Fugaku sanjurokkei), ca. 1830-33, Katsushika Hokusai, Japanese, 1760-1849, woodblock print: ink and color on paper, 10 1/4 x 14 3/4in., Gift of Mary and Allan Kollar, in honor of the 75th Anniversary of the Seattle Art Museum, 2010.47.2, Photo: Colleen Kollar Zorn.