Edo Avant Garde

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(2019/Japan-U.S.-directed by Linda Hoaglund)

Join the DIA’s Friends of Asian Arts and Cultures, the Friends of Detroit Film Theatre, and our partner the Freer House, Wayne State University for free viewings of the new documentary Edo Avant Garde, and a live discussion with the film’s director, Linda Hoaglund, and Dr. Yukio Lippit, Professor of Japanese Art at Harvard University.  

Edo Avant Garde (2019) reveals how Japanese artists during the Edo period (1615–1868), innovated approaches to painting that many in the west associate with “modern,” twentieth-century art. Through interviews with scholars, collectors, dealers, and priests in both Japan and the United States, the film explores concepts such as abstraction, minimalism, surrealism, and subjectivity in Edo-period paintings.

With cinematography by Kasamatsu Norimichi and original music by Satoshi Takeishi and Shoko Nagai, the film also offers immersive moments that invite viewers to experience these paintings for themselves. Visiting museums, private homes, tea houses, and temples, we see dynamic folding screens, hanging scrolls, and hand scrolls in a variety of settings that encourage us to look differently and consider them from new perspectives.  

A link to access the film will be emailed to each registrant on May 13, for use anytime during the May 13-23 film viewing period. On-demand registration and access to the film will also be available during the ten-day film viewing period.

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A Conversation with Linda Hoaglund and Dr. Yukio Lippit | May 20 @ 6:30pm

The DIA and Freer House will host a special program with film director, Linda Hoaglund, and Japanese art expert, Dr. Yukio Lippit, in conversation with DIA curators, Katherine Kasdorf and Elliot Wilhelm. The panel will highlight the unique role Charles Lang Freer and Detroit played in introducing Edo era art to America. 

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This program presented in partnership with Friends of Asian Arts and Cultures.

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