Laura Allen, Ph.D., curator of the exhibition, offers an insider's look at "In the Moment: Japanese Art from the Larry Ellison Collection", on view at the Asian Art Museum of San Francisco from June 28 through September 22. Spanning over 1,100 years of Japanese history, the Ellison collection includes 64 objects in an array of media: religious sculpture, hanging scrolls and folding screens, lacquer, armor and metalwork. These objects are used in Ellison's Japanese-style home on a rotating basis, inspiring the exhibition's major theme: how awareness of change shapes the display of art in traditional Japanese settings. Dr. Allen's presentation describes the process of selecting objects for the exhibition and developing its themes as an opportunity to explore the social context for Japanese art, while making a major Bay Area collection available to the public and scholars for the first time.
Laura W. Allen is Curator of Japanese Art at the Asian Art Museum of San Francisco. She earned her doctorate from UC Berkeley where she specialized in the history of Japanese painting. She has written widely on Japanese painting and woodblock prints, and has taught Asian Art history at many Bay Area campuses, including the University of San Francisco (2006-2012). Her most recent publications are two catalogues published by the Asian Art Museum, The Printer's Eye: Ukiyo-e from the Grabhorn Collection and In the Moment: Japanese Art from the Larry Ellison Collection.
Cosponsored by USF M.A. in Museum Studies
Tigers (detail, right scroll), by Maruyama Okyo (Japanese, 1733-1795), Edo period (1615-1868), 1779. Pair of hanging scrolls; ink and light colors on paper. Courtesy of the Larry Ellison Collection.