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Japanese Art from ukiyo-e to the 1960s photobook

Join Tyler Starr (DAVIDSON COLLEGE) 

Tyler Starr will discuss Japanese aesthetics, ukiyo-e prints and Americans fascinated by them.  The presentation will range from Edward S. Sylvester Morse’s book Japanese Homes and their Surroundings (1886), the popularity of Koshiro Onchi’s abstract woodcuts among the U.S. occupying forces in post-WWII Japan, and the recent revival of interest in the Japanese photobooks of the 1960s.


Tyler Starr received his MFA from the University of Minnesota and his PhD in Studio Arts from the Tokyo University of Fine Arts where he was a recipient of the Japanese Ministry of Education Scholarship. In 1998, he was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship to study at the Academy of Fine Arts, Krakow, Poland.  He was a 2011 Grant Wood Fellow at the University of Iowa, a 2013 Christiania Researcher in Residence, Copenhagen, Denmark and a 2014 OMI International Arts Center resident.  His work has been featured in exhibitions at Yale University’s Haas Arts Library, the Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art of Liège, Belgium, and the Museum of Contemporary Art, Japan.  He is currently an Assistant Professor of Studio Art at Davidson College.