On a Path of Pursuit to Understand: Bando Mitsugoro III (1775-1831) in the Realm of Japanese Woodblock Prints
The first talk from the 2017 CJS Seminar Series is a lecture from Dr. Helen Nagata, Associate Professor of Art History at Northern Illinois University
Who was Bandō Mitsugorō III? A simple question such as this can drive an investigation that is gloriously complicated. As a case study for the theme of cognition, this project offers insight on sleuthing practices, mysteries of interpretation, and quagmires of deduction inherent to the research of subjects depicted in actor prints. Insofar as the matter of cognition is as much physical observation as psychological perception and interpretation, this lecture will strive to invite a consciousness of how both are at work in woodblock print compositions. It will also prompt audience feedback on how actor prints as a phenomenon communicate ideas about the stars or feed the star’s fandom.
Friday January 27
3:00 – 4:30 PM
Moore Hall 319
Informational Flyer Available for download here.