May 23, 2017
Art in the US-Japan Relationship: Preserving the Floating World with Stephen Salel
Seattle Art Museum
South Lobby and Auditorium
Reception, 6:00-7:00 PM
Lecture 7:00-8:00 PM
JASSW or SAM Members: $15
Join JASSW at SAM for an evening of Japanese art, appetizers, and wine followed by what is sure to be a stimulating lecture from Robert F. Lange Curator of Japanese Art at the Honolulu Museum of Art, Stephen Salel. Curator Stephen Salel will chronicle the assemblage of the third-largest ukiyo-e collection in the United States by novelist James A. Michener. While he is famous as a Pultizer Prize winner for his works Tales of the South Pacific (1947) and Hawaii (1959), Michener is also remembered as a philanthropist and collector of fine art. While enjoying food and drink at the reception attendees will have the opportunity to interact with the new Talk-Back Boards, where visitors can deepen the dialogue with the museum by leaving their own questions and comments in a public space, as well as view works from the SAM collection. The museum will also be offering a guided fifteen-minute tour of the recently opened Japanese art installation, Common Pleasures: Art of Urban Life in Edo Japan.
About the Presenter: Stephen Salel has been with the Robert F. Lange foundation for more than five years, and is curator of Japanese Art at the Museum of Honolulu. Salel also managed Kagedo Japanese Art, a fine Japanese art gallery in Seattle, Washington (currently on Orcas Island). He earned his MA in Art History from the University of Washington, specializing in early modern Japanese painting.