Curator's Talk: Japanese Mapmaking

Past event

Anderson Academic Commons, Room 290, Special Events

EXHIBITION | The Shogun’s World: Japanese Maps from the 18th & 19th Centuries

September 5 – December 10, 2017 | University of Denver, Anderson Academic Commons, Upper Levels, outside The Loft (AAC 340)

Featuring cartographic works from the MacLean Collection, this exhibition of maps showcases the beauty of Japanese printmaking. The maps focus on the world, the Japanese archipelago, and major cities, including Osaka, Yokohama, Edo, Nagasaki, and Kyoto. Highlights include a Buddhist map of the world that translates spiritual forces into physical locations and a blue and white "map plate" that features a relief map of Japan divided into provinces, with additional land masses and mythical locations such as "the land of women" circling the edge of the plate.

Located in Lake Forest, Illinois, the MacLean Collection map library includes more than 40,000 maps dating from the 15th century to the present. The works represent a broad range of media and formats as well as all parts of the world.

PROGRAM | Conversation with the Curator
December 5, 2017 | 7:00 – 8:30 pm | University of Denver, Anderson Academic Commons, Special Events Room (AAC 290)

Free public event, but RSVP required.

Join Richard Pegg, curator of Asian art for the MacLean Collection, for a talk and tour to learn more about pieces from this exhibition. The presentation will focus on the unique characteristics found in these Japanese maps such as perspective and orientation, ceramic as a medium, and integration of Western map-making techniques.