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Actors, Artists and Censors: Political Aspects of Kabuki Prints

From site: Perlman Teaching Museum

A lecture by Sarah Thompson, assistant curator, Boston Museum of Fine Arts. An Edwin L. Weisl Junior Lectureship in Art History, sponsored by the Robert Lehman Foundation.

Date: Thursday, February 3rd, 2011

Time: 5:00 pm

Duration: 1 hour

Location: Boliou Hall, Room 104

Contact: Laurel Bradley

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Sarah Thompson is the assistant curator for Japanese Prints at the Boston Museum of Fine Arts and also supervises the Japanese Print Access and Documentation Project (JPADP), whose goal is to produce digital images and basic cataloguing of the MFA’s entire collection of 50,000 Japanese prints.

Over the past two decades, Thompson has curated several exhibitions of Japanese prints that depict Japanese theater culture. In 1991, she co-curated “Undercurrents in the Floating World: Censorship and Japanese Prints” at the Asia Society in New York. The exhibition explored print censorship imposed by Tokugawa sumptuary regulations and publishing restrictions and targeted at, among others, erotica and Kabuki. Thompson addressed the politics of Japanese prints more recently in the 2006 exhibition: “On Stage in Osaka: Actor Prints from the MFA Collection.” This exhibit focused on the Osaka print tradition that is defined by exquisite printing, vibrant colors, and its devotion to the subject of Kabuki Theater.