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Chinese Arts in Japan's Shinto Matsuri Festivals

Chinese Arts in Japan's Shinto Matsuri Festivals

Gloria Gonick discusses the role of Chinese works of art in Japanese festivals, & leads a tour of the exhibition "Matsuri! Japanese Festival Arts"

Thursday, February 06, 2003
5:00 PM - 6:30 PM
Room 2450
Center for the Study of Regional Dress
Fowler Museum

Shinto, Japan's indigenous religion, is concerned with paying homage to the native deities or "kami" and maintaining purity and fertility, accomplished intermittently at events called "matsuri," which may be translated as "to offer worship" (to the kami) or simply as "festivals." Nevertheless, since at least around 1500 CE, foreign artworks, the majority of which are Chinese, have adorned festival rites. This seeming contradiction and its public exposition in Japanese communities in numerous locations will be illustrated and examined during this presentation.

Gloria Granz Gonick was born and raised in Los Angeles and educated at UCLA, where she received both her Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts degrees. Her primary interest for 25 years has been East Asia's historic textiles and costumes. For over two decades she traveled annually to Japan to document Shinto matsuri. In recent years, she traveled to China, for the purpose of documenting the imported examples used in matsuri and their routes of importation. From 1993-1998 she was curator for the Los Angeles Craft and Folk Art Museum, where she produced the book and exhibition, Splendor of the Dragon: Costumes of the Ryukyu Kingdom. For the past four years she has been guest curator at the UCLA Fowler Museum of Cultural History.

After the talk, Gloria Gonick will lead a tour of the exhibition "Matsui!"



Cost: Free & open to the public

For more information please contact

Richard Gunde
Tel: 310 825-8683

Sponsor(s): Terasaki Center for Japanese Studies, Center for Chinese Studies

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