The Written Image: The Evolution of the Japanese Art & Calligraphy Collection in the Freer Gallery of Art
A Presentation by Dr. Frank Feltens
Japan Foundation Assistant Curator of Japanese Art at the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of Asian Art
ALSO available via ZOOM, pre-registration required.
Part of the Richard J. Wood Art Curators Series
Sponsored by the National Association of Japan America Societiesand the Japan-United States Friendship Commission
Saturday, October 2, 2021 | 5:00 PM - 7:30 PM
In partnership with
Amazing pieces of Japanese Art from the Smithsonian's Freer Gallery of Art collection will be introduced by Dr. Frank Feltens. Dr. Feltens is the Japan Foundation Assistant Curator of Japanese Art at the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of Asian Art. This event is made possible by support from the Japan U.S. Friendship Commission and the National Association of Japan America Societies.
Free Admission (50 People Limit)
Includes free bento dinner
and choice of beverage
Member-only registration through September 3.
Open registration through September 29.
Dr. Frank Feltens joined the curatorial staff at the Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Asian Art, in 2017 as Japan Foundation Assistant Curator of Japanese Art and became associate curator of Japanese art in 2021. He holds a PhD in Japanese art history from Columbia University (2016). Dr. Feltens is a specialist in Japanese art with a focus on the late medieval and early modern periods. Additional interests include Japanese photography and the intersections between painting and ceramics.
Dr. Feltens has published and lectured on a range of topics related to Japanese art. Recent articles examine the painters Ogata Kōrin and Sakai Hōitsu and the photographer Domon Ken. He has written and coauthored books about Katsushika Hokusai and the Zen monk-painter Sesson Shūkei. Prior to coming to the Freer and Sackler, he held research positions at the Museum of Modern Art, the National Museum of Asian Art in Berlin, and the Nezu Museum, as well as at the temple Sensōji in Tokyo. At the Freer and Sackler, Dr. Feltens has organized a number of exhibitions, including Mind Over Matter: Zen in Medieval Japan (upcoming) and Hokusai: Mad about Painting (2019–2021), as well as Japan Modern: Prints in the Age of Photography (2018–19), Painting the Classics (2019), and The Way of the Kami (2019). Dr. Feltens is a longtime practitioner of the Japanese tea ceremony in the Urasenke tradition and carries the honorary tea name Sōchoku. His book Ogata Kōrin: Art in Early Modern Japan (2021) was published with Yale University Press.
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