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Opening Celebration: Painting Edo: Japanese Art from the Feinberg Collection

Tawaraya Sōri, Autumn Maple Trees, Japanese, Edo period, second half 18th century. Six-panel folding screen; ink, color, and gold on paper. Harvard Art Museums/Arthur M. Sackler Museum, Promised gift of Robert S. and Betsy G. Feinberg, TL42147.39.

Special Event

Harvard Art Museums, 32 Quincy Street
Cambridge MA

Join us to celebrate the opening of the Harvard Art Museums’ largest ever exhibition, Painting Edo: Japanese Art from the Feinberg Collection, on view from February 14 through July 26, 2020.

The opening celebration is free to everyone and all galleries are open for guests to explore.

Complimentary parking is available for the opening celebration in the Broadway Garage, 7 Felton Street, Cambridge.

The schedule for the evening is as follows:

Open Galleries and Reception, 5 to 9pm
Visit the museums for free and get a first look at Painting Edo, while also taking the opportunity to explore the rest of our collections. All guests are also welcome to enjoy a festive reception in our courtyard and to enjoy the museums at night. No tickets are required.

Opening Lecture, 6pm (free; tickets required)
Timon Screech, professor of the history of art at SOAS University of London, will present a lecture titled “Into the Kaleidoscope: Painting in Edo Japan.” Curator Rachel Saunders and professor Yukio Lippit will offer a brief introduction to the exhibition before the lecture. Tickets for the lecture will be available on February 4 through the Harvard Box Office. Seating will begin at 5:15pm.

About Painting Edo
Painting Edo offers a window onto the supremely rich visual culture of Japan’s early modern era. Selected from the unparalleled collection of Robert S. and Betsy G. Feinberg, the more than 120 works in the exhibition connect visitors with a seminal moment in the history of Japan, as the country settled into an era of peace under the warrior government of the shoguns and opened its doors to greater engagement with the outside world.

This project was made possible by the Robert H. Ellsworth Bequest to the Harvard Art Museums, the Melvin R. Seiden and Janine Luke Fund for Publications and Exhibitions, the Catalogues and Exhibitions Fund for Pre-Twentieth-Century Art of the Fogg Museum, the E. Rhodes and Leona B. Carpenter Foundation, the Thierry Porté Director’s Discretionary Fund for Japanese Art, and the Japan Foundation. The catalogue was funded by the Harvard Art Museums Mellon Publication Funds, including the Henry P. McIlhenny Fund. Related programming is supported by the M. Victor Leventritt Lecture Series Endowment Fund as well as Harvard University’s Edwin O. Reischauer Institute of Japanese Studies and the Department of History of Art and Architecture Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Fund for Art and Architecture.

The exhibition was curated by Rachel Saunders, the Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Associate Curator of Asian Art, Harvard Art Museums, and Yukio Lippit, the Jeffrey T. Chambers and Andrea Okamura Professor of History of Art and Architecture, Harvard University.