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Woodwork and the Arts of Japan - Arnold Arboretum - Lecture

Monday, March 27, 2017

Yukio Lippit, PhD, History of Art and Architecture, Harvard University and Johnson-Kulukundis Family Director of the Arts, Radcliffe Institute

Material culture in Japan is distinguished by its heavy reliance on wood in art-making. For over a millennium, the rich biomass heritage of the country has provided a foundation for the work of master carpenters and the emergence of a wide array of remarkable techniques for the wood-related arts.

Yukio Lippit will examine how wood selection and the materiality of wood conditioned the development of these arts in a Japanese context. His lecture focuses on timber-frame architecture and how Japan's culture of building provides a lens into the man-nature relationship; Japanese sculpture and the meanings inherent in the different types of woods employed for the creation of religious statues; and Japanese woodblock printing and the relationship of wood carving to the artistry of Japanese prints.

Fee Free member and student, $5 nonmember

Register at or call 617-384-5277.

Hunnewell Building
Arnold Arboretum
125 Arborway
Jamaica Plain, MA 02130

Sponsor(s): Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University
Time(s): 7:00-8:30pm
Cost: $5; Free for Arnold Arb. members and students
Phone: 617-384-5277

Published on Monday, October 17, 2016.
All information is subject to change.

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