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Oberlin Club of Washington, DC: Green Japan: Viewing Ukiyo-e Landscape Prints Through the Lens of Environmental Sustainability

Oberlin Club of Washington, DC: Green Japan: Viewing Ukiyo-e Landscape Prints Through the Lens of Environmental Sustainability

PHOTO CAPTION: Utagawa Hiroshige I, Ushiwakamaru Reads Kiichi Hogen's Secret Scrolls, no. 7, from the series A Pictorial Biography of Yoshitsune, ca. 1834-35. Color woodblock print. Mary A. Ainsworth Bequest, 1950.1066


"Green Japan: Viewing Ukiyo-e Landscape Prints Through the Lens of Environmental Sustainability"

A Zoom Presentation by Kevin R. E. Greenwood, Joan L. Danforth Curator of Asian Art

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Today we think of living sustainably and achieving carbon neutrality in terms of high-tech solutions. But in Japan’s Edo period (1603–1868), a culture of sustainability was achieved in a preindustrial society with a high population and limited resources. An examination of popular woodblock prints from the era provides a window into this world, where current ideals like “reduce-reuse-recycle” were put into practice more than two centuries ago.

Join Kevin R. E. Greenwood for this presentation. He is the Joan L. Danforth Curator of Asian Art at the Allen Memorial Art Museum. Dr. Greenwood received his Ph.D. from the University of Kansas, his M.A. from the University of Oregon, and his B.A. from the University of Cincinnati. He taught Asian studies and art history at colleges and universities in the Portland, Oregon area. His research interests include art of the Chinese imperial court of the eighteenth-century, and more broadly, Buddhist art, Chinese painting, East Asian contemporary art, and Chinese and Japanese garden architecture. He joined the museum staff in 2014.

For further information, contact Clyde Owan ’79 at: clydeobie@verizon.net.

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Oberlin Club of Washington, DC: Green Japan: Viewing Ukiyo-e Landscape Prints Through the Lens of Environmental Sustainability

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