Tattered Fans and Talismans: The Symbolism of Battle Fans and the Ethos of Impermanence—Melissa McCormickVIEW EVENT DETAILS
Exhibition Lecture Series
This talk explores the evolving imagery of the folding fan, focusing on its use and symbolic meaning in the hands of medieval warriors and Edo-period samurai. From talismanic fans believed to be imbued with supernatural efficacy, to icons of ephemerality, the discussion will culminate with an analysis of the striking campaign coat (jinbaori) with tattered fan design in the Weber Collection.
Melissa McCormick is professor of Japanese art and culture, Harvard College. McCormick earned a dual BA in art history and Japanese language and literature from the University of Michigan (1990), her PhD in Japanese Art History from Princeton University (2000), and studied at Gakushūin University (1996–98) while conducting her dissertation research. After a year as a fellow at the Center for Advanced Studies in the Visual Arts at the National Gallery of Art (Washington, DC), she served as Atsumi Assistant Professor of Japanese Art at Columbia University (2000–2005), before moving to Harvard in 2005.
Free. Registration required. Free admission Fridays: 6:00–9:00 p.m.
The exhibition The Art of Impermanence: Japanese Works from the John C. Weber Collection and Mr. and Mrs. John D. Rockefeller 3rd Collection is on view February 11 through April 26, 2020.
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