About the Event
Join Janice Katz as she guides us through the exhibition of contemporary Japanese ceramics by thirty-six women artists. As a group, these artists are far less interested in and bound by tradition than many contemporary ceramicists at work in Japan. This ability to innovate, to invent new ways of working with clay and glaze, and the skill of each artist to carve out their own style and pioneering technique, is what makes these works both awe-inspiring and unusual.
About the Speaker
Janice Katz is the Roger L. Weston Associate Curator of Japanese Art at the Art Institute of Chicago. She has been with the museum for over 20 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 2018 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.