JASSW is partnering with the Seattle Art Museum and the Japan-United States Friendship Commission to bring you an engaging and informative lecture on the James A. Michener collection of Japanese woodblock prints (ukiyo-e) by Stephen Salel, the Robert F. Lange Foundation Curator of Japanese Art at the Honolulu Museum of Art.

Richard J. Wood Art Curator Series
Art in the Japan-U.S. Relationship: Preserving the Floating World

Tuesday, May 23
6:00-8:00 PM
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. Prior to the lecture, we will hold a reception complete with appetizers and wine. During the reception, there will be newly created talk-back boards available for audience members to view works from the SAM collection and write their own comments and questions on the board. The museum will also invite those interested to attend short tour of the newly opened installation of Japanese art, Common Pleasures: Art of Urban Life in Edo Japan.


6:00-7:00 PM:
Reception (South Lobby)
Includes wine, appetizers, and optional tour of newly opened installation of Japanese art.

Lecture by Stephen Salel (SAM Auditorium)

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.

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