Guest Curator Talk: Dr. Kendall H. Brown

Bandō Tamasaburō V by Tsuruya Kōkei

Tsuruya Kōkei (Japan, b. 1946), Bandō Tamasaburō V as the fisher girl Matsukaze, in "Suma no Utsushi-e", May 1994, Ink and color on Ganpi Tori no Ko paper, USC Pacific Asia Museum Collection, Gift of Drs. Aziz and Deanna Khan, 1998.66.18          

In this presentation complementing the exhibition Tsuruya Kōkei: Modern Kabuki Prints Revised and Revisited, Asia Society Texas Center welcomes guest curator Dr. Kendall H. Brown, who will discuss the works on view in the Louisa Stude Sarofim Gallery. Dr. Brown will discuss Tsuruya Kōkei's artworks and their relation to kabuki, with a focus on gender identity. The program will be followed by an audience Q&A.

Attendees will enjoy free admission the day of the program to the Louisa Stude Sarofim Gallery. The exhibition runs through January 19, 2020, and is open Tuesday – Friday, 11 a.m. – 6 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.

About the Curator

Kendall Brown is Professor of Asian Art History at California State University Long Beach. He received B.A. and M.A. degrees in History and Art History from the University of California, Berkeley and a Ph.D. in Art History from Yale University. He publishes actively in several areas of Japanese art as well as on Japanese-style gardens in North America. He was a co-founder and past president of the North American Japanese Garden Association. He has curated exhibitions for several American museums, exploring topics from modern woodblock prints and Art Deco to lacquer makers’ tools. He is currently working on an exhibition of Japanese sheet music cover illustration.

This exhibition is organized by the Pacific Asia Museum of the University of Southern California and guest-curated by Dr. Kendall H. Brown.

This exhibition is organized by USC Pacific Asia Museum, in collaboration with Asia Society Texas Center. Exhibitions at Asia Society Texas Center are presented by Nancy C. Allen and Leslie and Brad Bucher. The Japan Series is presented by Mitsubishi Corporation (Americas).  Major support comes from Chinhui Juhn and Eddie Allen and Mary Lawrence Porter, as well as The Brown Foundation, Inc., Houston Endowment, and the City of Houston through Houston Arts Alliance. Generous funding also provided by The Anchorage Foundation of Texas, The Clayton Fund, Japan Foundation New York, Texas Commission on the Arts, National Endowment for the Arts, Wortham Foundation, Inc., the Franci Neely Foundation, Olive Jenney, Nanako and Dale Tingleaf, and Ann Wales. Additional support comes from United Airlines and The Southmore.Funding is also provided through contributions from the Exhibitions Patron Circle, a dedicated group of individuals and organizations committed to bringing exceptional visual art to Asia Society Texas Center.

Presenting Sponsor

Wells Fargo

Japan Series Presenting Sponsor

Mitsubishi Corporation (Americas)


Program Sponsors



Event Details

Sat 21 Sep 2019
2 - 3:30 p.m.

1370 Southmore Boulevard

Houston, Texas 77004


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