Seminar and Viewing: Maps of Early Modern Japan, Japan Society, Dec. 2 at 5 PM

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Saturday, December 2, 5 PM
Japan Society
333 East 47th Street, NYC


The late 16th and early 17th centuries coincide with a burgeoning awareness of, and interest in, the expanse of the globe. It was a time when cartography flourished as a form of both scientific knowledge and artistic expression across the world.

In partnership with our friends from Arader Gallery and Geographicus Rare Antique Maps, this seminar with Prof. D. Max Moerman (Department Chair, Asian and Middle Eastern Cultures, Barnard College) compares early European maps of Japan with Japanese cartography of the same period, with special highlights of Buddhist world maps.

Hands-on examinations of rare, early examples will cast light on culturally contingent ways of viewing and recording the world at the historically significant juncture highlighted in the exhibition Hiroshi Sugimoto: Gates of Paradise, on view through January 7, 2018 at Japan Society.

Thirty participants maximum. For tickets:

Michael Chagnon, PhD
Curator, Exhibition Interpretation
Japan Society