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Looking West: Visual Culture in Japan Since 1850

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The exhibition Looking East: How Japan Inspired Monet, Van Gogh, & other Western Artists surveys the phenomenon known as japonisme, a craze for all things Japanese that spread in the West after 1853. In that year, American ships led by Commodore Matthew Perry compelled Japan to open its ports following more than 200 years of self-imposed isolation, initiating a new period of trade and cultural exchange.

Join Dr. Karen Fraser of Santa Clara University as she offers a complementary perspective examining Japanese interest in Western art during this same period.

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