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Lecture: Photography in Japanese Culture

Wednesday, April 25, 2007 |6:30 PM – 8:30 PM

  • For Adults

Above: Hair Dressing, c. 1885, Unknown Japanese Artist, Hand-tinted albumen print
Gift of an anonymous donor, Collection of the Detroit Institute of Arts, acc. no. F46.167

Anne Wilkes Tucker
Photography in Japanese Culture

6:30-7:30 PM Lecture in Crystal Gallery
7:30-8:30 PM Reception, Crystal Gallery

In 2003, the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston prepared the exhibition and publication “The History of Japanese Photography” to provide a nuanced, thorough history of Japanese photography to a broad Western audience, and thus, to encourage further research and cross cultured comparisons. Anne Wilkes Tucker, one of the four curators of that exhibition, will discuss photography’s vital role in Japanese culture since the medium’s introduction to Japan in the 1850s. The spread of photography throughout Japan both paralleled and mirrored the country’s rapid Westernization after centuries of isolation, as well as its simultaneous resistance to change.

A note on the speaker

Anne Wilkes Tucker is the Gus and Lyndall Wortham Curator of Photography at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. Founded in 1976, the museum’s photography collection now comprises 22,000 photographs. Ms. Tucker has curated more than fifty exhibitions, including retrospectives of the work of Brassaï, Louis Faurer, Robert Frank, George Krause, Ray K. Metzker, and Richard Misrach as well as important surveys that include Czech Avant Garde 1900 - 1945 and The History of Japanese Photography. Most of these exhibitions were accompanied by publications, some of which have won awards. She has also published many articles and lectured throughout the United States, Europe, Asia and Latin America. She has been awarded fellowships by the National Endowment for the Arts, the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation, and the Getty Center. She received an Alumnae Achievement Award from Randolph Macon Woman’s College, a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Griffin Museum and in 2001, Time Magazine listed her as America’s Best Curator in an issue devoted to ‘America’s Best.’

From Left to Right: Miki Hatsuzawa of the Consulate General of Japan,
Consul General Tamotsu Shinotsuka, Anne Wilkes Tucker, the Gus and Lyndall
Wortham Curator of Photography at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston,
and Graham Beal, Director of the DIA

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