Delirious Japan: Art Deco in the Imperial Era
Talk by Kendall Brown | Sponsored by the National Endowment for the Humanities

DATE Friday, February 24, 2017
TIME 1:00pm (Theater doors open at 12:30pm)
PRICE FREE with paid Museum Admission
LOCATION Morikami Theater

Limited seating in the theater. Tickets are given on the day of the event as a first come, first served basis

Please note: temperatures within our theater tend to drop. We recommend arriving with a jacket or sweater.

This lecture explores Japanese Art Deco in the 1930s and early 1940s as an expression of Japan’s internationalism and nationalism. It presents Japanese Deco in terms of the art of the street, the museum, the cultured home, and the modern woman. It augments objects in the exhibition by showing Art Deco masterpieces in Japanese museums, and concludes with Japanese Deco collectibles.


Ken_4Dr. Kendall H. Brown is Professor of Asian Art History in the School of Art at California State University Long Beach. He received BA and MA degrees in history and art history from the University of California, Berkeley and a Ph.D. in art history from Yale University. Dr. Brown publishes actively in several areas of Japanese art, such as Japanese paintings and woodblock prints. Brown has curated or contributed to exhibitions for museums across the country, including Shin Hanga: New Prints in Modern Japan (LACMA, 1998), Taisho Chic (Honolulu Academy, 2002); Deco Japan (ASI, 2012), and Traditions Transfigured; The Noh Masks of Bidou Yamaguchi (CSULB UAM, 2014).  He is now working on exhibitions of Japanese sheet music cover art, lacquer makers’ tools, and garden-inspired fine art. Brown is also a leading figure in the study of Japanese gardens in North America. His book, Quiet Beauty: The Japanese Gardens of North America (Tuttle 2013) expands on his earlier work, Japanesestyle Gardens of the Pacific West Coast (Rizzoli, 1999). After planning the International Conference on Japanese Gardens Outside Japan in 2009, he served as President of the Board of the North American Japanese Garden Association from 2012-14.   His next garden book, Visionary Landscapes, explores the styles, meanings and functions of Japanese gardens in the 21st century. It will be published in the Fall of 2017.


Time Event
11:00am–11:30am Curator gallery walk for the public
1:00pm–2:00pm Delirious Japan: Art Deco in the Imperial Era lecture and Q&A
2:00pm–2:30pm Book signing
3:00pm–3:30pm Curator gallery walk for the public
Kobayakawa Kiyoshi (1899–1948) Dancer, or “Curved Line of the Instant” (Dansā, or Setsuna no kyokusen) c. 1932 woodblock print, ink and color on paper