Arthur Tress and the Japanese Illustrated Book: A Celebration

September 29, 2022 3:00 pm – September 30, 2022 7:00 pm

Hybrid event: Class of 1978 Orrery Pavilion, 6th floor of Van Pelt-Dietrich Library, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA and on Zoom (Register for link)

Thursday, September 29th      

3:00 pm – Opening Session                                                                      

Rebecca Mendelson, University of Pennsylvania, chair

Ryoko Matsuba, Sainsbury Institute for the Study of Japanese Arts and Cultures, “To open or not to open?”

Laura Nüffer, Colby College, “Coming Home to Roost: The Tress Collection Tsuru no sōshi as a Remedy to Tragedy”

Kyoko Kinoshita, Tama Art Museum and Philadelphia Museum of Art (remote), “Kaken Research Project on the Arthur Tress Collection at the University of Pennsylvania.”

4:00 pm – Gallery Talks                                                                                 

Introduction of items in the exhibition by catalog editors Eri Mizukane, Nicholas Purgett, and Maria Puzyreva, as well as Caitlin Adkins, Patrick Carland-Echavarria, Catherine Gontarek, Ann Ho, and Derek Rodenbeck, members of the Curatorial Seminars who prepared the exhibition. @ Goldstein Family Gallery, 6th floor of Van Pelt-Dietrich Library

5:00 pm – Reception                                                                                    

Friday, September 30th                                                              

8:45 am – Registration                                                                                   

9:00 am – Welcome                                                                                       

Julie Nelson Davis, University of Pennsylvania

Constantia Constantinou, H. Carton Rogers III Vice Provost and Director of the Penn Libraries

9:15 am – Session 1                                                                                         

Chaired by Julie Nelson Davis, University of Pennsylvania

Ryō Akama, Ritsumeikan University, “Digital Research Space for Picture Books and Illustrated Books: Effective Use of the Ritsumeikan ARC Database” (remote)

Adam L. Kern, University of Wisconsin-Madison, “Stripping Down & Redressing ‘Haiku’ in Erotic Prints (Shunga)” (remote)

Ellis Tinios, University of Leeds, “From Artist’s Sketches to Printed Image: An Examination of Isai gashiki shita-zu” (remote)

10:30 am – Coffee Break                                                                             

10:50 am – Session 2                                                                                     

Chaired by Ayako Kano, University of Pennsylvania

Ann Sherif, Oberlin College, “Who Reads Filial Piety Books? The Case of Ehon kobun kōkyō in the Tress Collection”

Andrew Gerstle, SOAS University of London, Emeritus, “Kamigata Surimono and the Performing Arts”

Satoko Shimazaki, University of California, Los Angeles “Early Modern Print and the Voice of the Theater” (remote)

12:10 pm – Lunch Break                                                                                

1:10 pm – Keynote Speech                                                                           

Introduction by Frederick Dickinson, University of Pennsylvania

Peter Kornicki, Cambridge University emeritus, “From Ashmead to Tress: The Secrets of the UPenn Collection of Japanese Books” (remote)

2:25 pm – Break                                                                                                

2:30 pm – Session 3                                                                                        

Chaired by David Spafford, University of Pennsylvania

Shigeru Oikawa, Japan Women’s University, Emeritus, “Kyôsai hyakki gadan in the Arthur Tress Collection”

Jeannie Kenmotsu, Portland Museum of Art, “Flowers, Birds, Insects, Fish: Umi no sachi in the Tress Collection”

3:30 pm – Coffee Break                                                                              

3:50 pm – Session 4                                                                                       

Chaired by Erin Schoneveld, Haverford College

Michael Emmerich, University of California, Los Angeles, “The End of Kusazōshi” (remote)

Alessandro Bianchi, Bodleian Library, “Japanese Illustrated Books and Orientalist Bookbinding: The Case of the ‘Gillet’ Covers”

Amaury A. García Rodríguez, Director del Centro de Estudios de Asia y África, El Colegio de México, “Selling and Collecting Japanese Illustrated Books in Mexico at the Beginning of the Twentieth Century: José Juan Tablada”

5:30 pm – Closing Event                                                                               

Remarks by Constantia Constantinou, H. Carton Rogers III Vice Provost and Director of the Penn Libraries

Collector and photographer Arthur Tress (remote) and Julie Nelson Davis, Exhibition Curator and specialist in ukiyoe, Penn History of Art, in conversation

6:30 pm – Reception and Opening of the Exhibit