March 15, 2017

Williamstown, Massachusetts—Professor of History of Art Julie Nelson Davis, University of Pennsylvania, presents a free lecture on ukiyo-e (“images of the floating world”) prints at the Clark Art Institute on Sunday, March 26 at 3 pm in the Michael Conforti Pavilion. The lecture coincides with the Clark’s special exhibition, Japanese Impressions: Color Woodblock Prints from the Rodbell Family Collection, on view through April 2 in the Clark Center.
The lecture considers the subject matter, networks of production, and the historical context in which ukiyo-e prints were created.
Julie Nelson Davis teaches the arts of East Asia from 1600 to the present, with a focus on Japan. She received her BA from Reed College, studied in Japan as a Monbushō fellow at the Osaka University of Foreign Languages and at Gakushūin University, and completed her PhD at the University of Washington.
In addition to ukiyo-e prints, Davis’s research focuses on the arts of the Tokugawa period (1615–1868). Her most recent book, Partners in Print: Artistic Networks and the Ukiyo-e Market, was published by the University of Hawai’i Press in January 2015, and her next book, Ukiyo-e in Context, is forthcoming. She is currently guest curator for an exhibition on Kitagawa Utamaro at the Freer and Sackler Galleries, opening in April 2017.

The Clark Art Institute, located in the Berkshires of western Massachusetts, is one of a small number of institutions globally that is both an art museum and a center for research, critical discussion, and higher education in the visual arts. Opened in 1955, the Clark houses exceptional European and American paintings and sculpture, extensive collections of master prints and drawings, English silver, and early photography. Acting as convener through its Research and Academic Program, the Clark gathers an international community of scholars to participate in a lively program of conferences, colloquia, and workshops on topics of vital importance to the visual arts. The Clark library, consisting of more than 270,000 volumes, is one of the nation’s premier art history libraries. The Clark also houses and co-sponsors the Williams College Graduate Program in the History of Art.
The Clark is located at 225 South Street in Williamstown, Massachusetts. Galleries are open Tuesday through Sunday, 10 am to 5 pm. Admission is $20; free year-round for Clark members, children 18 and younger, and students with valid ID. For more information, visit or call 413 458 2303.
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