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Art in the US-Japan Relationship:
Preserving the Floating World
Tuesday, May 23
Seattle Art Museum
South Lobby and Auditorium
Join JASSW at SAM for a lecture on the James A. Michener collection of woodblock prints (ukiyo-e) by Robert F. Lange Curator of Japanese Art, Stephen Salel. Wine and appetizers will be available to guests during the reception prior to the lecture. A short tour will begin at 6:10 pm of the newly opened installation of Japanese art, Common Pleasures: Art of Urban Life in Edo Japan.
Reception (South Lobby)
Includes wine, appetizers*, and optional tour of newly opened installation of Japanese art.
Lecture by Stephen Salel (SAM Auditorium)
*Appetizers will be catered and provided by The Seattle Art Museum's TASTE café.
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Beyond his fame as Pulitzer-Prize-winning author of Tales of the South Pacific and Hawaii, James A. Michener is well remembered as an enthusiastic collector of fine art. He managed to assemble the third largest collection of ukiyo-e in the United States, which he then gifted to the Honolulu Museum of Art. His donation now comprises approximately half of the museum's collection of more than 10,000 Japanese ukiyo-e.
Stephen Salel has been with the Robert F. Lange Foundation for over five years. Before he joined the museum, he managed Kagedo Japanese Art, an art gallery in Seattle, WA. Salel received his MA in Art History from the University of Washington, where he specialized in early modern Japanese painting. His exhibitions have included a series that he co-curated with Curator of Asian Art Shawn Eichman on Japanese erotic art (shunga), which earned him a nomination for an Excellence in Outstanding Small Exhibitions award and an Honorable Mention by the Association of Art Museum Curators.