U.Va. Art Museum to Host Weedon Asian Arts Lecture on Feb. 24

February 08, 2011

February 8, 2011 — The University of Virginia Art Museum will host Alicia Volk for an Ellen Bayard Weedon Lecture in the Arts of Asia on Feb. 24. Her lecture, "Japanese Modern Art in the World: Global Modernism from a Local Perspective," will be held at 5:30 p.m. in Campbell Hall, room 153.

Volk's lecture will introduce key monuments of Japanese modern art, with a focus on the oil painter Yorozu Tetsugorô. He transposed the oppositional binary of East and West into an inclusive and synthetic relation between the local and the universal, and in this way was at the forefront of a modernist movement that sought to redefine Japanese modern art and its role in the world. This lecture will demonstrate how his paintings, while participating in the various discourses of European modernism, also expanded the scope of modernism's possibilities and achievements.

Volk is assistant professor of Japanese art history at the University of Maryland. She received her doctorate at Yale University and is the recipient of numerous fellowships and grants from such organizations as the J. Paul Getty Foundation, the Sainsbury Institute for the Study of Japanese Arts and Cultures, the Metropolitan Center for Far Eastern Art Studies and the Council for International Exchange of Scholars.

Volk's publications span a range of media and issues in modern and contemporary Japanese art from the 19th century to the present. Her award-winning book, "In Pursuit of Universalism: Yorozu Tetsugorô and Japanese Modern Art," from which this lecture is drawn, places Japanese modern art in the framework of global modernism.

The Weedon Lectures are made possible by support from the Ellen Bayard Weedon Foundation.

The lecture is free and open to the public. For information, call 434-243-2050 or e-mail museumoutreach@virginia.edu.

— By Jane Ford

Media Contact

Jane Ford

Senior News Officer U.Va. Media Relations