A detail of a print of a crane and pine tree

Pine and Crane, Kishi Ganku 岸駒 (1749 – 1838), Edo period, 1781, Freer Gallery of Art

Japan-America Society of Pennsylvania — Richard J. Wood Art Curators Series: Dr. Frank Feltens

CMOA Theater

Please join The Japan-America Society of Pennsylvania for a special presentation of Japanese art as part of the Richard J. Wood Art Curators Series.

On Thursday, October 7, at Carnegie Museum of Art, Dr. Frank Feltens, Associate Curator of Japanese Art at the Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery in Washington D.C., will lecture on the history of the Freer Gallery’s Japanese art collection and how the most recent additions stay true to the original intentions and aesthetics of founder Charles Lang Freer. The talk will conclude with a journey through the Freer Gallery's recent exhibition Meeting Tessai: Modern Japanese Art from the Cowles Collection that highlights the Cowles gift and showcases how Freer conversed with contemporary Japanese artists like the famous literatus Tomioka Tessai.

Register for this free event on the Japan-America Society of Pennslyvania's website. The lecture will be followed by refreshments and a networking reception.

About the Freer Gallery of Art

Industrialist Charles Lang Freer (1854-1919) founded the Freer Gallery of Art in 1923, the first art museum on the National Mall in Washington, DC. The most notable mention from Freer when he pledged his collection to the Smithsonian Institution was the explicit wish that it may never leave the building. The original pieces of the Freer gallery have not left the exhibit. Generous donations from generations of curators have expanded the number of pieces in the exhibit, significantly continuing the legacy and history of Charles Lang Freer. For example, the recent addition of the Mary and Cheney Cowles Collection is such a milestone. The Cowles Collection adds more than 250 works of mainly early modern and modern paintings and calligraphy to Freer’s collection. Additions such as paintings by early 20th-century Nihonga grandees like Takeuchi Seihō and Murakami Kagaku, alongside postwar artists like Munaka Shikō and Suda Kokuta, allow the Freer collection to tell the story of Japanese art from its beginnings to our own time.

Frank Feltens, PhD | Freer Gallery of Art & Arthur M. Sackler Gallery

After receiving his PhD in Japanese art history from Columbia University in 2016, Dr. Frank Feltens joined the Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Asian Art, as an Anne van Biema fellow in Japanese art. The following year, Dr. Feltens became the Japan Foundation Assistant Curator of Japanese Art. Feltens specializes in Japanese art during the late medieval and early modern periods and holds additional interests in 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. Prior to coming to the Freer and Sackler, he worked at the Museum of Modern Art, the National Museum of Asian Art in Berlin and the Nezu Museum and the temple Sensōji in Tokyo. At the Freer and Sackler, Feltens has organized a number of exhibitions, including Meeting Tessai: Japanese Art from the Cowles Collection (upcoming) and Hokusai: Mad About Painting (2019-2020), as well as Japan Modern: Prints in the Age of Photography (2018-19), Painting the Classics (2019), and Shinto: The Way of the Kami (2019). Feltens is a longtime practitioner of the Japanese tea ceremony in the Urasenke tradition and carries the honorary tea name Sōchoku.

Registration Information

Please register for this event on the Japan-America Society of Pennslyvania’s website.