ONLINE lecture series 5

Exploring Japan’s Museums
FRIday, march 22, 2024 (Date Changed)
7:00PM-7:40PM (PT)


For lovers of Japan’s various artistic traditions, there are many different museums all over Japan. Some are public institutions, while others house the collections of private collectors. Some are encyclopedic in their holdings, while others are devoted to a particular type of art or to a specific artist. Many are works of art in their own right, built by some of the world’s foremost architects. Japan’s museums are the subjects of 24 videos in the Japan Foundation’s Doors to the Arts of Japan series.


In this final online lecture, Japanese art historian Meher McArthur will introduce a few of her favorite museums and their collections. With travel season approaching soon, she will also include several museums featured in the video series that she has yet to visit but is excited to on her next trip to Japan. The short lecture will be followed with a brief Q&A session.

About the lecturer

Meher McArthur
Meher McArthur is an Asian art historian specializing in Japanese art, with degrees from Cambridge University and London University’s School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS). She was Curator of East Asian Art at Pacific Asia Museum, Pasadena, CA (1998-2006) and for over a decade has curated traveling exhibitions for International Arts & Artists (IA&A), most recently Washi Transformed: New Expressions in Japanese Paper (2021-2024) on view at the Mingei International Museum in San Diego until January 7, 2024. Her most recent exhibition SHIKI: The Four Seasons in Japanese Art opened at the Sturt Haaga Gallery at Descanso Gardens in February 2023. She was Creative Director for the Storrier Stearns Japanese Garden, Pasadena (2014-2020), Academic Curator for Scripps College, Claremont (2018-2020) and Art and Cultural Director for JAPAN HOUSE Los Angeles (2020-2022). Her major publications include Gods and Goblins: Folk Paintings from Otsu (PAM, 1999), Reading Buddhist Art (Thames & Hudson, 2002) and The Arts of Asia (Thames & Hudson, 2005), Confucius (Pegasus Books, 2011), Folding Paper: The Infinite Possibilities of Origami (IA&A, 2012), New Expressions in Origami Art (Tuttle, 2017), Washi Transformed: New Expressions in Japanese Paper  (IA&A, 2021) and An ABC of What Art Can Be (The Getty Museum, 2010).


More museum stories?Check our video seires:
Doors to Arts of JAPAN

MUSEUMS: Invitation to Explore Japan’s Museums

In this video series, we introduce museums throughout Japan based on four themes with their collections, activities, interviews with the artists and architects and archive videos. Click Here!


The ONLINE LECTURE SERIES by Ms. Meher McArthur (Yokai, Netsuke, Ningyo Dolls, Yakishime Ceramics and Museums) will be posted on our YouTube channel, after all series is over.  Stay tuned!

Event Details:

  • Date Mar 22 , 2024
  • Hours 7PM-7:40PM (PT)
  • Venue Online
  • Admission Free, Registration Required
  • Inquiries

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