Portland Art Museum offers an unprecedented opportunity to aficionados of Asian culture and history with an exhibit titled Poetic Imagination in Japanese Art, which opened in recent weeks. Curator Maribeth Graybill visits Art Focus and talks to Eric Bartels about the show - most of which has never been seen in public - and the ways it reflects the rich and intriguing character of the land where it originated.
“While those deeply familiar with Japanese culture will appreciate the literary allusions in these works, all visitors will be able to savor their evocative beauty,” says curator Maribeth Graybill, The Arlene and Harold Schnitzer Curator of Asian Art. “This is an exhibition that invites contemplative looking and emotional response. We hope that viewers will be inspired to compose their own verses about what they see and feel.”
On three weekends during the exhibition, visitors of all ages are invited to find poetic inspiration by delving into some of the themes and creative processes represented in the exhibition. Other public programs include an Evening for Educators, exhibition tours, an opening lecture by curator Maribeth Graybill, and a symposium and scholars’ day in early December 2018.
A fully illustrated catalogue presenting new research by an international group of leading scholars will be published in 2019. This distinguished team includes: Paul Berry, Ph.D., formerly of Kansai Gaidai University and the University of Washington; Maribeth Graybill, Ph.D., The Arlene and Harold Schnitzer Curator of Asian Art, Portland Art Museum; Michiyo Morioka, Ph.D., Independent Scholar; Joshua Mostow, Ph.D., Professor, Department of Asian Studies, University of British Columbia, and Fellow, Royal Society of Canada; Sadako Ohki, Ph.D., Japan Foundation Curator of Japanese Art, Yale University Art Gallery; and Arata Shimao, Ph.D., Professor of Japanese Art History, Gakushūin University, Tokyo.