Zoom Gallery Talk
Tradition Redefined: Rosanjin and His Rivals
Recorded March 10, 2021
Kitaōji Rosanjin (1883-1959) has long been hailed as one of the greatest ceramists of the twentieth century. While he forged a remarkable career, it was not without first crossing paths, and even colliding, with many of his contemporaries who were themselves renowned ceramic masters: Arakawa Toyozō, Fujiwara Kei, Kaneshige Tōyō, Katō Tokurō, Kawakita Handeishi, and Koyama Fujio.
Our panel of experts re-examines the legend of Rosanjin as our concurrent gallery exhibition, TRADITION REDEFINED, places his oeuvre in dialogue with works by these other mid-century titans. They will discuss how some of his 'rivals' were indispensable to the advancement of Rosanjin’s outsized reputation, and how most remain relatively unknown in the West today.
LOUISE CORT, Curator emerita of ceramics, Freer | Sackler, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC
JOAN CUMMINS, Lisa and Bernard Selz Senior Curator of Asian Art, Brooklyn Museum, New York
MEGHEN JONES, Associate Professor of Art History, School of Art and Design, Alfred University
KURODA KUSAOMI of Shibuya Kurodatoen Co., LTD, the foremost modern ceramics gallery in Japan
MORGAN PITELKA, Professor and Chair, Department of Asian Studies, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Moderated by JOAN MIRVISS