Visual Essays from Art History Students

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Image by 20672 from Pixabay

Fall quarter 2020: Art History students embarked on a discovery of Japanese art.

We analyzed contemporary visual forms thriving now both inside and outside of Japan. Through our journey, we gained a new understanding of Japanese modern history, culture and aesthetics. We looked at a variety of media genres:

  • Photography
  • Textile Arts
  • Painting
  • Time-based art: anime and film
  • Installation art
  • Media/Advertising (e.g., billboards, TV)
  • Time-based art: game design
  • Architecture
  • Sculpture

To conclude our journey, we used a variety of visual formats to present our discoveries to you.

Yoshimoto Nara's Sleepless Night

The Kodama (Hayao Miyazaki)

Shinichiro Watanabe

Manabu Ikeda's Kobo-shi

Shōmei Tōmatsu (Nagasaki victim)

Hiroshi Sugimoto

Tetsuya Ishida

By Samantha Jenkinson



Junji Ito horror manga

Hirohiko Araki - Ripples of Adventure