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Commensurable Distinctions: Intercultural Negotiations of Modern and Contemporary Japanese Visual Culture

January 31, 2014 @ 8:00 am - February 1, 2014 @ 5:00 pm

A Conference of the Japanese Arts and Globalizations (JAG) Group

Organizers: Bert Winther-Tamaki & William Marotti

Dates: January 31-February 1, 2014
Location: University of California, Irvine; All events Humanities Gateway, room 1010 except Second Keynote Lecture in Humanities Gateway, room 1030

While modern Japanese art has often been assessed in terms of the uniqueness of its transformations or revisions of modern Euramerican art, the closeness of its products to transnational ideas and forms has typically been overlooked or regretted. This conference examines the critical role of relationships of convergence, similarity, or identity whether or not these relationships serve to provoke new forms of difference.
“Commensurable distinctions” operate within a globalized concept of art as distinctive visual dimensions generated by a transnational framework (format or genre), one that positions artists (and artworks, styles, movements) in relative measure to some standard presumed to have global reach or authority. Focusing on fluidity, mutations, and interstices as opposed to modes of analysis based on contained national and cultural forms, we hope to examine the compatibility and global passages of transfer and transaction that lead to situated distinctions and complex drifts. This conference will provide another take on the JAG moniker and our shared injunction to consider “Japanese Arts and Globalizations.” We invite considerations of the frameworks operative in, and generative of, the possible identification of distinguishing features of modern Japanese art as commensurate with the distinguishing features of foreign counterparts. This conference aims to forge innovative approaches to the analysis of relationships between visual culture in Japan and other regions.
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Art History Department, UCI
Center for Asian Studies, UCI
Dean of Humanities, UCI
East Asian Languages & Literatures, UCI
Friends of Art History (FOAH), UCI
Japanese Arts and Globalizations (JAG)
Music Department, UCI
University of California Institute for Research in the Arts


January 31, 2014 @ 8:00 am
February 1, 2014 @ 5:00 pm


UCI – Humanities Gateway, Room 1010, 1030