Speaker Series: Preserving the Floating World

The James A. Michener Collection of Japanese Prints at the Honolulu Museum of Art

Friday, December 8, 2023

Time: 1:00 pm
Cost: FREE (with paid museum admission)
Location: Morikami Theater

(Tickets are available the day of the event on a first-come, first-served basis. Limited seating available.)

Beyond his fame as the Pulitzer-Prize-winning author of Tales of the South Pacific (1947) and Hawaii (1959), James A. Michener (1907–1997) is also well-remembered as an enthusiastic collector of fine art. Stephen Salel, Curator of Japanese Art at the Honolulu Museum of Art, chronicles Michener’s assemblage of the third largest collection of Japanese woodblock prints (ukiyo-e) in the United States, which he ultimately gifted to the Honolulu Museum of Art. A consideration of Michener’s philosophy as both a collector and a philanthropist exemplifies ways in which art organizations in the United States can further develop their internationally noteworthy collections of Japanese art.

Katsushika Hokusai (1760–1849) The Great Wave off the Coast of Kanagawa From the series Thirty-six Views of Mount Fuji Japan, Edo period (1615–1868), 1832 Woodblock print; ink and color on paper Gift of James A. Michener, 1955 (13695)


Stephen Salel, the Curator of Japanese Art at the Honolulu Museum of Art, discusses the author James A. Michener (1907–1997), who assembled the third largest collection of Japanese woodblock prints (ukiyo-e) in the United States.

Please know our theater tends to be cold; you may want a sweater or jacket with you.

 

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